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


Pradeep Sarkar


Saratchandra Chatterjee (novel) (as Saratchandra Chattopadhyay), Vidhu Vinod Chopra (screenplay and dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Saif Ali Khan ... Shekhar Roy
Vidya Balan ... Lalita
Sanjay Dutt ... Girish Sharma
Dia Mirza ... Gayetri Tatya (as Diya Mirza)
Raima Sen ... Koel
Sabyasachi Chakrabarty ... Navinchandra Roy
Ninad Kamat ... Ajit
Achyut Potdar ... Gurcharan (as Achyut Poddar)
Rekha ... Moulin Rouge singer (singing voice)
Surinder Kaur Surinder Kaur ... Rajeshwari
Kumkum Bhattacharya Kumkum Bhattacharya ... Vasundhara
Supriya Shukla ... Sunita
Smita Malhotra Smita Malhotra ... Charu
Rajesh Sharma ... Ratan
Howard Rosemeyer ... Siddhart Tantiya


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 (

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Drama | Musical | Romance


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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 whom?!
Shekhar Rai: ...
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Hui Main Parineeta
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 ssvikasSee 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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Release Date:

10 June 2005 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

The Married Woman See more »

Filming Locations:

Calcutta, West Bengal, India See more »


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$201,956, 12 June 2005

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2.35 : 1
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