From the trailers, it was made evident, over and over again, that old Hindi songs are an important part of Abhi’s and Bindu’s life. “Favourite nahi, jo gaane hamaare zindagi se jude hue hain”, Abhi corrects Bindu. All those “chapters” that were released as teaser trailers all conveyed the same thing – the duo and their story, and old Hindi songs are body and soul, entwined for good. Now, we have established this much from the trailers already! The film need NOT be an exaggerated version of the trailers, saying the exact same thing!
At best, Meri Pyaari Bindu is a love letter – and a very good one at that – to the old-world filmy gaane. But that’s all it is. It is a hackneyed story told in a narration that puts you to sleep at regular intervals. This is a story of childhood best-friends as they navigate through the years of their lives – how they met, how their friendship started, how the relationship turns into something more for the guy and the girl alternatively but never at the same time, and how fate plays its role in all this drama. It starts off well, meanders along the way and by half-time, reduces to that impossible mess your earphones become when you throw them carelessly in your bag.
And this is what disappoints me. It is not a bad venture. This could have easily been a good film. But what the director chooses to do with the raw material matters the most and evidently, that’s gone wrong here. There is potential here, if not much in terms of the tried and tested story (with minor alterations, of course), at least in terms of sketching memorable characters. Given the Kolkata backdrop and some fine camerawork that’s already at disposal, I fail to understand why this film couldn’t become the sum of its parts.
The second half dips further. We see dreams come into picture. Dreams become ambitions. Ambitions become failures. And characters that were portrayed as self-assured, confident and ambitious in the first half fall flat in the second, now only mere shadows of their previous counterparts – weak, sapless and a lot less likeable.
I have a lot of faith in Parineeti’s potential as an actor. Although she is believable as Bindu, her character, despite being the titular one, doesn’t stay with you. At one point in the film, Bindu is said to have been inspired, at one point in her life, by either Lata Mangeshkar’s rendition of a popular song from The Guide or Waheeda Rahman’s charm in the song, or both. But sadly, Bindu the character cannot become even half as iconic as both those wonderful women.
Ayushmann Khurrana does his best but I’ve come to realize he’s in his top form while doing lighthearted scenes than the emotional ones. But all that said and done, not many complaints about him. The duo look wonderful together but I couldn’t take them seriously as a couple. Whenever they are “just friends” in the film, it was all believable. As a couple, the chemistry wasn’t pronounced. The supporting cast do not get much meat either, so nobody makes an impression.
Meri Pyaari Bindu introduced to us the super-talented singer Parineeti Chopra. That contribution notwithstanding, this is a forgettable film. I’m going with 2 out of 5!