Producer: Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Director: Pradeep Sarkar
Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Saif Ali Khan, Raima Sen and Vidya Balan
Lyrics: Swanand Kirkire
Music: Shantanu Moitra
Based on Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's classic literary work, Parineeta - The Married Woman, focuses on the differences of man and woman's perception of love and commitment. Orphaned at an early age, the young Lolita (Vidya Balan) finds security from a young boy Shekhar (Saif Ali Khan). Lolita is very strong, flexible, innocent and blessed with an intuitive wisdom whereas Shekhar is flawed and victim of his own ego. Both share joys and sorrows together through childhood and adolescence. Amidst all this happening, an intense love develops between the two, which they cannot sense at all. Girsih (Sanjay Dutt) enters the picture as a suave, lively, chivalrous and above all sensitive man, who is also a self-made person. Then there is Koel (Raima Sen) who is carefree, free-spirited young lady. Through Grirish's presence Shekhar and Lolita realize that there exists something between them. Their love sizzles and glitters but the twists and turns of the story spin them into a web of suspicion and misunderstandings finally tearing them apart. Can true love conquer the insurmountable obstacles or will it succumb to them? Will Lolita and Shekhar be swept apart by these tumultuous events? The film reminds you of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Devdas. Debutante director Pradeep Sarkar has done a good job and a few scenes really stand out. The sequences between Saif and Vidya as also those between Sanjay and Vidya are the high points of this film. The moments are spellbinding, especially portions that depict a jealous Saif suspecting Vidya of having an affair with Sanju. However the film does drag on quite a bit in the first half. The second half moves at a faster pace and a few scenes have been handled very well. But the let down is the climax if the film. The film definitely deserved a better end. Performance wise Saif excells and once again he has shown that he is an actor of fine calibre. He has handled the complex emotional scenes beautifully. Sanjay Dutt is okay. It's Vidya Balan who gives meaning to Parineeta and puts life into the role. She says all with her eyes. She lights the screen with her presence. She is one actress to look out for. Dia Mirza doesn't really get much scope. Nevertheless, she makes her presence felt. Ditto for Raima Sen. Rest of the cast lend able support. Shantanu Moitra's music is a letdown. Cinematographer [N. Nataraja Subramanian] is first-rate. The sepia tone gives the film a nostalgic feel, so essential for a period film. On the whole Parineeta is definetly a well made film worth a watch.