Meri Pyaari Bindu

Just finished watching Ayushmann Khurana and Parineeti starrer Meri Pyaari Bindu.

Released a few weeks ago, on the same date as that of RGV’s much anticipated Sarkar 3, this movie failed to garner much collection at Box Office. However, Parineeti Chopra’s oomph and Ayushmann’s deceptive Bengali appeal, ensured that I couldn’t stop myself from seeing the movie.

And to my utter surprise, the movie actually began on a fantastic note. The suave Khurana looked dashing as a Bengali Best-selling Novelist, popular among masses, with a delectable tongue in cheek humor and ready repartee.

First few scenes belonged only to Ayushmann and were enjoyable indeed. The loud Bengali relatives, mounting pressure on him to get married, the classic modern bride to be, acting coy and sexy at the same time. Aah! These episodes were comical yet familiar in a soothing, calming way. And, I actually began to believe that critics were a bit too harsh towards the movie.

However, the moment Parineeti Chopra entered the stage, the movie took a bizarre turn. Ayushmann was relegated to the background as a shy nerd, mindlessly following his hot neighbor, working as her side kick, while pretending to be her best friend and secret keeper. May be the director, script writer wanted us to believe that love is so blind and overpowering that the very identity of a man can be crushed under feet, without his even noticing it.

Yes, indeed love overwhelms and when it is one sided, it does destroy. But, here it wasn’t one sided but rather misunderstood. Parineeti, touted as a free spirited, ambitious girl, actually came across as just a confused insecure girl trying to be modern and polygamous and failing at it.

The movie continued at a wishy washy pace and I became more interested in snacks than the non existent story. Some of the props were good. Such as the old songs cassette, the roof top room, the interconnected roofs with a tree.. yes, these were well meaning romantic gestures and could have swoon me over, if and only if, the treatment of the film wasn’t so bland!

The movie could have been way better, both the actors are brilliant but they are not used to their full potential. The setting was ideal, but again not utilized fully. The plot of love simmering between Bengali boy and South Indian girl, since childhood, was again a time tested recipe for success, but here the Director Chef failed to pull it off.

So, the movie remains a big disappointment, with Parineeti’s sexy looks, going totally waste in this dud. I would give just two stars to Meri Pyaari Bindu. Give it a Miss and watch Dum Laga ke Haisha instead, if you are an Ayushmann fan, that was much more gratifying.

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