Dibakar Banerjee had a smashing directorial debut with KHOSLA KA GHOSLA . He followed it up with worthy films like OYE LUCKY LUCKY OYE , LOVE SEX AUR DHOKHA , SHANGHAI , and DETECTIVE BYOMKESH BAKSHY . He also helmed a short ventures in anthology films like BOMBAY TALKIES , LUST STORIES  and GHOST STORIES , besides producing the intense fare TITLI . These films helped him create a fan following of his own and now his long impending film, SANDEEP AUR PINKY FARAAR, finally releases in cinemas today. So does SANDEEP AUR PINKY FARAAR turn out to be as exciting as Dibakar Banerjee’s earlier films? Or does this film prove to be an exception? Let’s analyse.
Sandeep Aur Pinky Frar is a story of a woman, hes life is in danger. Sandy Walia Aka Sandeep (Parineti Chopra) is a very advanced location for Parivartan Bank. She stood out with her boss, Parichay (DINKER) and also helped banks to help banks gain a lot of investment. Sandeep Pregnant with Parichay children and refuse to abortion. She also tapped the Ponzi plan of Parichay. Parichay decided to eliminate her. He hired a corrupt police TYAGI (Jaideep Ahlawat) for this job. TYAGI got a paused policeman, Satinder Dahiya Aka Pinky (Arjun Kapoor). The plan is a small finger to pick up Sandeep to take her to the place where Pari is. On the way, they will be assassinated by the police. However, Pinky questioned Tiyagi’s intentions. Therefore, on the way, I intentionally handed the previous car number to Tyagi. From a distance, Sandeep and Pinky witnessed a Tiyagi man driving away the occupants in front of the car and mistakenly thought they were Sandeep and Pinky. After that, Sandeep and Pinky escaped and became isolated. Sandeep asked Pinky to safely take her to Nepal in exchange for Rupees. 10 rupees. All Sandeep cards are blocked, but she ensures that she finds a way to give him a promise. Then little refers to Pithoragarh with Sandeep to Uttarakhand. It is located on the border of India and Nepal. Then the pink begins to find a method of crossing the boundary. At the same time, in the countryside of Pithoragarh, Neena Gupta and Raghubir Yadav). Sandeep told that ladies, she was pregnant, she needs a good place to stay. She is lying in Pittolag’s hotel where they are dirty. This couple pity them and let them stay in their house. What happens next to form the rest of the movie.
Dibakar Banerjee and Varun Grover’s story has lot of potential and could have made for an intense thriller. Dibakar Banerjee and Varun Grover’s screenplay, however, is dry and insipid. There’s a lot happening in the film but it’s scripted poorly. It seems as if the writers purposely made the proceedings boring. Dibakar Banerjee and Varun Grover’s dialogues are fine and some of them raise laughs.
Dibakar Banerjee’s direction is not upto the mark. The filmmaker has made some fine films in the past and he knows his craft. But here, he just doesn’t seem to be in form. His genius streak shines only in a few scenes like the long-drawn opening scene, shot in one take beautifully, or where Sandeep breaks down in the first half. But in most parts of the film, he falters. The first half is bearable and one expects fireworks in the second half. However, the second half is flawed and needlessly stretched. One fails to understand what’s happening at several places. This also occurs because the sound mixing is horrible. Several dialogues are inaudible. It’s shocking why the reputed makers would release a film with bad sound.
SANDEEP AUR PINKY FARAAR starts off on a thrilling note. The opening scene is filmed in one take and is almost 4-5 minutes long and the way it culminates is superb. The entry of Sandeep and Pinky in the narrative is also interesting. The scene where Sandeep breaks down in front of the old lady is moving while the scene where Sandeep and Pinky convince the old couple to let them stay in their house is sweet. After this point, the film goes downhill. The track of the corrupt bankers doesn’t really involve. In the second half, the only scene that arrests attention is when the bank manager, Sumit (Sukant Goel), attacks Sandeep. The climax is a letdown.
Parineeti Chopra is in a good form. This is unlike the roles that she’s known for but she manages to put up a convincing performance. Arjun Kapoor delivers a restrained performance and in sync with the character that he’s essaying. Jaideep Ahlawat is effortless in a supporting role. Neena Gupta and Raghubir Yadav are adorable. Dinker suits the part. Sukant Goel delivers a smashing performance. Suruchi Aulakh (Purva; journalist), Archana Patel (Sejal; who replaces Sandy in the bank), Rahul Kumar (Munna) and Dev Chauhan (Nyal; who owns Pathik International) are decent. Sharon Prabhakar is there for a second in the film.
Songs are mostly relegated in the background. ‘Faraar’ leaves a mark. ‘iPhone’ goes unnoticed. ‘Maata Dharti Par Aaja’ and ‘Maa Ka Bulaava Aayega’ are neatly woven in the film. Dibakar Banerjee’s background score is minimal and nice.
Anil Mehta’s cinematography is lovely and he captures the locales of Pithoragarh very well. Rohit Chaturvedi’s costumes are non-glamorous and that works for the film. Aparna Sud and Garima Mathur’s production design is straight out of life. Bakul Baljeet Matiyani’s editing is not great. The second half should have been tighter.
On the whole, SANDEEP AUR PINKY FARAAR has a bearable first half but goes terribly downhill in the second hour. At the box office, it’ll face a very tough time to find audiences.