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Parinda (1989)

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Two brothers are caught on the different sides of a gang war.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nana Patekar ...
Anna
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Corpse
Kamal Chopra ...
Rama
Suresh Oberoi ...
Abdul Khan
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Inspector Prakash
Anang Desai ...
Inspector Meerani
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Kishen
Tom Alter ...
Musa
Sameer ...
Kid Kishen
Hitesh ...
Kid Karan
Mohan ...
Kid Anna
Shweta ...
Kid Paro
Jatin ...
Kid Prakash
Vilas Shinde ...
Man with bug
Imtiaz Hussain ...
Dara (as Imteyaz Hussein)
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After the death of Kishen and Karan's dad they are left destitute and struggle to survive on Bombay's footpath. They are eventually befriend by Paro and her brother Prakash; Paro and Karan fall in love and after days of starvation and hunger Kishen decides to rob a handbag only to escape whereby he is introduced to a dreaded gangster Anna who introduced him to crime thus Kishen is able to educate Karan in a convent school and eventually send him to the United States of America for further education. After years Karan returned home as an adult with the intention of re-uniting with his brother, Kishen, his beloved Paro and her brother Prakash all of whom are now adults. He find out that Prakash is now a police inspector and they plan to meet at a spot in Delhi which happens to be a front where pigeons are fed by passers-by unfortunately Prakash is killed before Karan's eyes by a gang of three men in a car who are recognize by Karan. Karan then vows to get Prakash's killers prosecuted by... Written by gavin (racktoo@hotmail.com)

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3 November 1989 (India)  »

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Excellent
6 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Parinda is a mind blowing film about the underworld. In fact, Parinda is not only about the underworld. It's also about the human emotions and conflicts that rule their lives.

The story revolves around Kishan (Jackie Shroff) who takes to the path of crime in order to support his younger brother Karan (Anil Kapoor). Kishan works for Anna (Nana Patekar) who rules the underworld with an iron fist. He is a pure devil who has no regrets or remorse in killing people and whoever dares to cross his path will only meet with one fate- death. Things take a turn for the worse when Karan learns about Kishan's illegal activities and about his involvement with Anna. Karan proves a real threat to Anna and Anna is hell bent on eliminating Karan who dared to challenge him. However, Anna is also torn between Kishan and Karan as Kishan is his most loyal protégé. How Kishan tries to thwart Anna's plans and what happens to Karan and his ladylove Paro (Madhuri Dixit) forms the crux of the story.

Parinda is a brilliantly made film. Vidhu Vinod Chopra succeeds in keeping us hooked with the dramatics and what goes on in the underworld. Chopra definitely knows that people don't like movies made on the crime world. So, he perfectly balances both the underworld scenes and the emotional scenes. The dialogues are praiseworthy. No preaching or overused lines. In fact, this film is the most real picture of the underworld. In a nutshell, Parinda is a masterpiece.

In a film like this, performances have to be first-rate in order to captivate the audience's attention. Nana Patekar takes the cake here as he gives a brilliant performance as the hardheaded, merciless underworld leader. Nana gives the correct nuances of a don and his coldness is displayed with brilliance by Vidhu Vinod Chopra. Jackie Shroff gives his career-best performance after Hero. He is very likable in the emotional scenes and his turmoil in trying to keep his brother away from his crime life is well etched by him. Anil Kapoor is good in a smaller role. In a film dominated by men, only an actress like Madhuri Dixit can hold her own. She is immensely likable in all her scenes with Anil Kapoor and her scenes more than provide a relief to the viewer after some heavy scenes in the film. Anupam Kher is okay in a shorter role. Suresh Oberoi is good.

There are only four songs in this movie and they are neatly placed. Neither do they hinder the progression of the story.

Overall, Parinda is a must watch for those who love realistic cinema. It's a breath of fresh air from the usual 80s Bollywood masala films.


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