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Why does a section of Bollywood keep feeling the need to emphasize that women who fail in their creative pursuits can actually find themselves in the role of the successful woman when they become mothers?

“Meri pyaari Bindu” does not manage to steer clear of the obvious even as it attempts to be a quirky love story with ample doses of Calcutta, retro Bollywood music and finely crafted comedic moments thrown in.

The film charts the story of Abhimanyu and Bindu, neighbours who meet during their childhood and forge a great friendship soon after. While Bindu is definitely the one with the upper hand who introduces the innocent little Abhimanyu to the power of music, she is also the more creative of the two, hoping to build a career in music and taking her childhood friend for granted in a interesting series of shenanigans.

Spread over two decades, the story takes the protagonists from Calcutta to Australia, Mumbai, Goa and Calcutta again, as Abhimanyu finds himself to be a successful author of pulp horror while the commitment-phobe Bindu throws away a musical career and breaks off three engagements (the final one being with Abhimanyu) to finally “settle down” in Bangalore.

The entertaining first half of the film is followed by an intrepid second half that tries hard to tug at heartstrings but fails to strike the correct chord, despite a barrage of nostalgic Bollywood tunes and a couple of original gems from music directors Sachin-Jigar, ‘Haareya’ sung by the effervescent Arijit Singh and ‘Mana ki hum yaar nahi’ by Sonu Nigam and lead actor Parineeti Chopra herself.

What must be lauded in the film is the acting department, headed by the continuously evolving Ayushmann Khurrana and the beautiful and talented Parineeti Chopra. The starstruck acts of both these young actors definitely bring alive Abhimanyu and Bindu on screen. The supporting actors deserve a round of applause as well, especially Rajatava Dutta and Aparajita Adhya whose comic timings and expressions are one of the highlights of the film.

In a day and age where film trailers often reveal major spoilers for an upcoming feature film, it is a sad truth that the best bits of “Meri pyaari Bindu” can be seen in the extended trailers that were released before the film hit the theatres. The experience is certainly fine as a one time watch but cannot count as one of the classic romances that has come out of the Yash Raj stable or the numerous it goes on to reference in the course of the film itself. []

Film: Meri Pyaari Bindu
Directed by: Akshay Roy
Written by: Suprotim Sengupta
Released on: May 12th, 2017