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Parineeta (2005)

The lifelong romance between Lolita (Balan) and Shekar (Khan) is upset by the arrival of another man.

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Lalita
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Girish Sharma
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Gayetri Tatya (as Diya Mirza)
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Koel
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Ninad Kamat ...
Ajit
Achyut Potdar ...
Gurcharan (as Achyut Poddar)
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Moulin Rouge singer (singing voice)
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Kumkum Bhattacharya ...
Vasundhara
Supriya Shukla ...
Sunita
Smita Malhotra ...
Charu
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Ratan
Howard Rosemeyer ...
Siddhart Tantiya
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Storyline

Circa 1962 in Calcutta, India, live three neighboring families in a upper middle-class area. Gurcharan lives in a palatial home (Haveli) with his wife, and two beautiful daughters, Lolita and Koyal. He is retired,unable to find suitable work and must live off of his savings, ends up mortgaging his house with his neighbor, Navinchandra Roy, and hopes to get his daughters married within his means; there is Charu Sharma, who lives with her brother and sister-in-law, who has a wealthy brother, Girish, who lives in Britain. And finally there are the Roys - Navinchandra, a hard-nosed businessman, who will never undertake anything unless there is a high level of profit for him, his son, Shekhar, who he hopes to groom after himself, and his quiet, devout wife. Navin realizes Gurcharan's plight and offers Lolita a job at his office in order to enable the family to survive. Shekhar and Lolita are attracted to each other, but Navin does not approve of this, as he wants Shekhar to get married to ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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10 June 2005 (India)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

INR 74,232,000 (India), 17 June 2005

Opening Weekend USA:

$201,956, 12 June 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$802,758, 24 July 2005
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Trivia

Vidya Balan was not the first choice for the role of Lolita. Vidhu Vinod Chopra was hoping for an established actress such as Aishwarya Rai Bachchan or Rani Mukerji. Vidya screen tested for the role of six months before Chopra was thoroughly convinced. See more »

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When Parineeta learns about Hotel Heritage, she is seen walking. Old cars are shown but there also Ambassador Mark 4. This model was launched in 1979. See more »

Quotes

Shekhar Rai: Quite a weak business man you are, Dad. Entered into such a loss inducing bargain.
Nabin Roy: [shocked] What?! How much did the bargain settle for?
Shekhar Rai: For free! And still you paid such a heavy price. Becasue you gained the land, yes. But you lost your son in the process.
Nabin Roy: Have you lost your mind! In a few minutes Mr. Lala will be here and-
Shekhar Rai: First will you aks Mr. Lala whether he is willing to give his daughter to a married man?!
Nabin Roy: [Mother and father are both shocked] What!
Shekhar Rai: That's right! I'm already married!
Nabin Roy: To ...
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Connections

Featured in Ohm Shanthi Oshaana (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Kasto Mazza
Written by Swanand Kirkire
Composed by Shantanu Moitra
Performed by Shreya Ghoshal and Sonu Nigam
Courtesy of Tips Cassettes & Records Co.
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One of the best Romances I've seen. Watch out for Vidya Balan.
13 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

Plot Outline: Orphaned at childhood Lolita (Vidya Balan) stays with her uncle. She and neighbor Shekhar (Saif) develop innocent bonding with each other which unknown to them has matured into love. It takes the arrival of Girish (Sanjay Dutt) before the lead pair discovers their love for each other through circumstantial odds and family pressures.

Comment: Parineeta is an adaptation of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's work, whose works include the immortal Devdas that has been remade over and over again in many languages. Although, it is quite usual to compare Vinod Chopra's Parineeta with Bhansali's Devdas, I would say that Parineeta ranks way above latter in terms of being closer to real life and portraying seemingly real characters as against the recent Devdas was more of a visual treat with stars and extravaganza.

Although Vinod Chopra, in his screenplay has deviated from the novel's portrayal of the 1920's to the film's 1960's, it is seamless and is believably real. The performances are extremely neat with Saif in a mature role and Vidya Balan exceptional for a débutante, both in looks and ease with the camera. Talent spotter Vinod Chopra has her lined up in Munnabhai-2 and Yagna. Sanjay Dutt seemed older than what the role required. Among the songs that are well timed, 'Piyu Bole' has freshness similar to 1942: A Love Story. Although Pradeep Sarkar's direction has made the movie well paced, the closing scenes have been extra-dramatized. Must watch for all audiences.

Rating: 4/5


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