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 ...
Kamal Chopra ...
Suresh Oberoi ...
Abdul Khan
Inspector Prakash
Anang Desai ...
Inspector Meerani
Tom Alter ...
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)


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 (

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3 November 1989 (India)  »

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Reference Grade Crime Drama
7 March 2001 | by (Houston, Texas) – See all my reviews

Parinda is an excellent movie.

Unlike most crime dramas, this one is not as predictable as others. In Satya and Vastav, there is one principal character. Parinda , on the other hand, forces one to see that an individual's actions have a significant effect upon others. There is no one main character, the story revolves around 3 principals: Anil Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, and Nana Patekar. Madhuri plays a smaller, but significant role.

I can only recall 5 songs. Two of them are VERY good: Tumse Milkar and Pyar ke mod pe. The others were forgettable.

Cinematography and editing are among the best of Indian Cinema.

If there is one minor quibble, it is that Jackie can tend to over act in certain scenes. Otherwise it is fine movie, but Nana's performance is by far the best. Madhuri looks and acts great as well. Anil is Anil good.

I rated it a 10, but a more realistic vote is a 9.6 or 9.7.

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