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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
...
Corpse
Kamal Chopra ...
Rama
Suresh Oberoi ...
Abdul Khan
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Inspector Prakash
Anang Desai ...
Inspector Meerani
...
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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Orphaned at a very young age, Kishen and Karan, long for a home, a meal and a soft bed in sleep in. Instead they face starvation, are frequently molested, and end up living on the footpaths of Charni Road, Bombay. Then Kishen meets with a gangster named Anna, and goes to work for him. His first job: Snatch a man's handbag - which he carries out successfully. In this way Kishen is able to feed himself and Karan. He does not want Karan to be involved in any shady dealings, and gets him to go to school, study, and eventually travel to the United States for further education. Years later Karan completes his studies and returns home. He is met by Kishen, and together they make plans to travel to Delhi and then to Poona to meet Karan's sweetheart, Paro. But Karan wants to meet with Paro's brother, Inspector Prakash, and both agree to meet at a venue near Dadar Railway Station - a place where pigeons gather together and are fed by passer-bays. They are indeed happy to see other, but their ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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The film broke many taboos at the time of its release. It was shot in a realistic style, only two songs were recorded and used in the film, and the ending was kept open purposefully. This influenced a whole generation of filmmakers - most notably Ram Gopal Varma and Mahesh Manjrekar, who made two acclaimed underworld films in their own right - Satya (1998) and Vaastav: The Reality (1999). See more »

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Starting a new era
8 February 2006 | by (India) – See all my reviews

This movie was the turning point in the fanciful world of Bollywood which had so far kept the remotest possible distance from reality in order to provide a fantasy escape to people amidst poverty and underdevelopment. Bollywood, in this respect had always feared compromising with colors, glycerin, scenic places, superman feats, dances and pomp and pageantry lest the movies would become insipid and turn off the masses.

Parinda dared to break the trend and brought the reel closer to real when Vidhu Vinod Chopra used the cinematography of the hitherto called 'art cinema' in the commercial mass cinema. But Parinda was not all about cinematography, it was a realistic take on the Bombay underworld and life of people in general. So far we had only seen mostly Ajit and Amjad Khan brand of opulent villains incredibly placed in their hi-tech, luxury castles. Parinda showed exactly how a real life gangster lives.

The movie is damn powerful and made such a wonderful blend of romance and violence that it is hard to categorize it into either genre. The characterization is so immaculate that the audience could connect and empathize even with the peripheral characters playing cameos. In a nutshell, the movie has a soul and is powerful enough to linger in the memory for long time.

It was a collective effort where the sensitive direction of V V Chpora was complimented by brilliant and soulful acting performances by master actors (all!) Anil Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Madhuri Dikshit and Nana Patekar. What a dream cast that was! As mentioned before, the movie changed the age old and decadent trends in Bollywood and inspired the new generation filmmakers to stop insulting public intelligence. It set a benchmark for making realistic movies and blending them with drama. Ram Gopal Verma, for one,took the leaf from Parinda when he made Shiva in 1991 and later churned out a plethora of similar movies.


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