Meri Pyaari Bindu
Meri Pyaari Bindu: A Half- Baked Romantic Comedy that Falls Short of Depth
Movie Review by Trijai Nerthi (Rocheston Certified Movie Critic)
Director Akshay Roy’s lighthearted romantic comedy Meri Pyaari Bindu infuses heart-warming nostalgia with a generous dose of relatability. Ideally, this should’ve been a formula for success, but in the case of this film, it sparks a few memorable moments but the rest floats across the surface failing to pull you into it’s quirky and breezy layers.
Abhimanyu Roy aka Bubla is a successful pulp fiction writer. He tries to break free of his repetitive patterns by summoning the courage to write a love story. This decision causes him a period of writer’s block before taking him on a flashback to the eternal love of his life, Bindu. As he uncovers one memory after another, a quirky, bubbly and impulsive Bindu takes over his heart and mind yet again.
The problems in Meri Pyaari Bindu arises when Director Akshay Roy takes the breezy route to narrate a story that demands it’s rightful share of drama. The film holds songs from the golden era of music, it has shades of 500 Days of Summer and it also borrows many Woody Allenesque moments. Now, all these aspects thrive on passion and drama to take them forward. When this significant element of intensity goes missing, all you’re left with are moments of nostalgia that never get strung along properly to make for a soothing and familiar film.
In one scene, Bindu expresses her suffocation using her to-be mother-in-law’s ancestral choker as a metaphor. The way she bursts into tears and the memorable moments that lead to her breaking point pack in so much conviction and depth. If the film had more such honest, expressive and intense moment’s, it would’ve delved deeper rather than drowning itself in shallowness.
As Abhimanyu Roy, Ayushmann Khurrana is quite fitting. His period of reminiscing and his self-ushered catharsis is carried out by Khurrana with so much warmth and effortlessness. His helplessness is also dealt with enough tact. But Bindu on the other hand is a half-heartedly written character. Parineeti Chopra has done her part to breathe life into a character that shows no heart. There is only so much she can do to cover-up the ineffective writing. Maybe a deeper insight into Bindu would quantify the amount of quirks she often showcases. All through the film, Bindu wears the clothes of the character but falls short of the personality her character should have brought into the picture.
As expected of a Yash Raj film, the supporting cast and production design are on point. The middle class Bengali staging is so organically executed. Cinematography Tushar Kanti Ray’s visual storytelling takes you back to yesteryear Kolkata. The staging is all set to take in the intensity the script calls for but sadly, the non-immersive writing doesn’t bring in unfathomable layers to the pretty picture it paints.
Music is such a significant part of Meri Pyaari Bindu. Cassettes, Cassette players, mix-tapes and evergreen songs like “Abhi Na Jao Chod Kar” take you on a soulful walk down the memory lane. But this soothing reminder of how things were back then is terribly short-lived. These wonderful songs of the golden era casts a significantly large shadow on the film’s original music. Sadly, Sachin–Jigar’s music though adequate never rise high enough to outshine the yesteryear magic.
Overall, Meri Pyaari Bindu is a heartfelt film with substantial potential that never gets tapped into. It’s narrative stays on the surface and falls short of emotional depth. A deeper and more dramatic plunge into storytelling could’ve lifted the film’s nostalgic aspect to greater heights.