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

Director:

Writers:

(scenario), (story) | 3 more credits »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

7 wins. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Romance | Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A young Indian couple, both from wealthy backgrounds, find themselves caught up in the 1940's Indian revolutionary movement against their families whom are under the thumb a sadistic British general.

Director: Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Stars: Anil Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Manisha Koirala
Drama | Thriller | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Prahaar is the story of Major Chavan, a tough and stern soldier, trained to destroy the enemy. He can see the enemy on our borders but is unaware of the invisible enemy within ourselves. ... See full summary »

Directors: Subhankar Ghosh, Nana Patekar
Stars: Makrand Deshpande, Madhuri Dixit, Gautam Joglekar
Krantiveer (1994)
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Disowned by his parents at a young age Pratap Narayan Tilak ended up in a small time village controlled by underworld dons and some very powerful and influential politicians. Lazy, ... See full summary »

Director: Mehul Kumar
Stars: Dimple Kapadia, Nana Patekar, Atul Agnihotri
Tezaab (1988)
Action | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A college student, who has decided to serve for his country, turns a criminal.

Director: N. Chandra
Stars: Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Anupam Kher
Ram Lakhan (1989)
Action | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Sharda (Raakhee) vows vengeance when her husband is murdered by his two evil cousins, Bhishamber (Amrish Puri) and Bhanu (Paresh Rawal), and she and her two young sons are thrown out on the... See full summary »

Director: Subhash Ghai
Stars: Rakhee Gulzar, Jackie Shroff, Anil Kapoor
Karma I (1986)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The PSO is a British oriented group who wants to take control of India. When senior police inspector Vishwa Pratap Singh arrests there leader Dr. Michael Dang the authorities blast the jail... See full summary »

Director: Subhash Ghai
Stars: Dilip Kumar, Nutan, Naseeruddin Shah
Khamosh (1985)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

When a starlet is murdered on a film location, her detective brother arrives there to solve the mystery.

Director: Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Stars: Shabana Azmi, Amol Palekar, Sudhir Mishra
Saaransh (1984)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

An old couple lend a room on rent after recent death of the bread earner of the family, their only son. A budding actress starts living with them, who is in love with a local politician's only son. The movie shows what later ensues.

Director: Mahesh Bhatt
Stars: Rohini Hattangadi, Anupam Kher, Soni Razdan
Meri Jung (1985)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Two top lawyers battle against each other while the whole city witnesses the battle.

Director: Subhash Ghai
Stars: Beena Banerjee, Rajan Haksar, A.K. Hangal
Sadma (1983)
Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

A head injury causes a woman to regresses to childhood. Lost and confused, she is eventually befriended by a school teacher.

Director: Balu Mahendra
Stars: Kamal Haasan, Sridevi, Gulshan Grover
Ardh Satya (1983)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A newly appointed police rookie deals with corruption, romance, and brutality.

Director: Govind Nihalani
Stars: Om Puri, Smita Patil, Amrish Puri
Tridev (1989)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A honest but disgraced Police Inspector's attempts to clear his name pits him against terrorists and the brother of his sweetheart.

Director: Rajiv Rai
Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Sunny Deol, Jackie Shroff
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Anna
...
Corpse
Kamal Chopra ...
Rama
...
Abdul Khan
...
Inspector Prakash
...
Inspector Meerani
...
Kishen
...
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)
Edit

Storyline

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)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Most Powerful Film Ever Made

Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

3 November 1989 (India)  »

Also Known As:

The Pigeon  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Dimple Kapadia was also supposed to be in the film, but dint work out. See more »

Connections

Featured in Eklavya: The Royal Guard (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Kitni Hai Pyari Pyari (Sad Version)
Sung by Sadhana Sargam
Lyrics written by Khurshid Hallauri
Music composed by Rahul Dev Burman
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The caged pigeon
6 April 2010 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Vidhu Vinod Chopra's Parinda is one of the first Hindi films dealing with life in the Mumbai underworld and one of the most realistic of its kind. Stylishly presented, the film is excellently directed and is aided by fantastic cinematography, great editing, beautiful music and natural acting. As opposed to most of the Hindi movies of that time, the story of Parinda is devoid of clichés, and the screenplay as well as the dialogues are well written. There are neither the typical courageous action heroes nor the exaggerated fantasy action sequences one gets to see so much in Hindi films, though at some points you do feel its loyalty to the general Hindi film style (that's called commercial pressure). Chopra portrays the relationship between the two brothers authentically, as he does with practically every other relationship in the film.

The narrative is very focused and taut, letting the director create the required mood for a gripping drama of its sort. The film's emotional impact is thus strong, though it does get a bit too slow and dark at places. The acting is for the most part excellent. This is one of Jackie Shroff's finest performances, powerful and heartfelt, strong and restrained. Nana Patekar plays the psychologically disturbed fire-phobic Anna with intensity and conviction, portraying every negative shade of his character in his well-known inimitable style. Madhuri Dixit is lovely in a role that is not very substantial. However, Anil Kapoor is just okay and his often childish and overly naive on-screen persona gets on your nerves from time to time. His character's transformation was also too quick to be believable. This is of course not entirely his fault.

Which brings me to the next point. Parinda, though compelling and innovative for its time, is not without its flaws. While RD Burman's music is stupendous as always and managed to relieve the film's raw tension, as it was done with the soulful and memorable "Tum Se Mil Ke", the other melodious songs seemed inappropriate in such a dark thriller and often distracted from the seriousness of the situation. The marriage song, for one, was completely redundant. Additionally, some of the scenes towards the end were quite implausible and went a bit over-the-top, though I really liked the film's final scene, which was overwhelming. Overall, Parinda is an enjoyable and impressive gangster movie known today as a favourite cult movie among lovers of Indian cinema. It's easy to see why. It was different and entertaining, but its intentions were stronger than its actual quality.


9 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Indian Movies Celebrating Anniversaries This Month

Do you know the inspiration behind Ileana D'Cruz's character in Barfi!? Go back in time and check out some of the Indian movies celebrating anniversaries this September.

See the full list

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?

Top Rated and Trending Indian Movies

Check out the Indian movies with the highest ratings from IMDb users, as well as the movies that are trending in real time.