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Parineeta (2005)

Not Rated | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 10 June 2005 (India)
The lifelong romance between Lolita (Balan) and Shekar (Khan) is upset by the arrival of another man.

Director:

Pradeep Sarkar

Writers:

Saratchandra Chatterjee (novel) (as Saratchandra Chattopadhyay), Vidhu Vinod Chopra (screenplay and dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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 Chakraborty ... Navinchandra Roy
Ninad Kamat Ninad Kamat ... Ajit
Achyut Potdar Achyut Potdar ... Gurcharan (as Achyut Poddar)
Rekha ... Moulin Rouge singer (singing voice)
Surinder Kaur ... Rajeshwari
Kumkum Bhattacharya Kumkum Bhattacharya ... Vasundhara
Supriya Shukla ... Sunita
Smita Malhotra Smita Malhotra ... Charu
Rajesh Sharma ... 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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Genres:

Drama | Musical | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

10 June 2005 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

A Married Woman See more »

Filming Locations:

Calcutta, West Bengal, India See more »

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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Vinod Chopra Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Based on the novel of same name by Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay published in 1971. See more »

Goofs

The first Elvis record disk they show in the film towards the beginning shows Elvis in his White diamond-studded suit and bloated look. This was how Elvis looked in the 1970s. The film is set in 1962. 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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Kaisi Paheli Zindagi
Written by Swanand Kirkire
Composed by Shantanu Moitra
Performed by Sunidhi Chauhan
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A milestone for Indian Film Industry
3 July 2005 | by the29gameSee all my reviews

"Parineeta" is based on a classic Indian novel, and the movie is probably the third or fourth remake of the novel. The plot/story of the movie is of the nature that could SO EASILY have been a big blunder at the box office. I had no intentions to go see the movie since I felt it would be a serious waste of my time and money.

As time went by, the movie became more and more popular amongst masses. I grew compelled to see what really made it so. But props to the Parineeta team to choose a wonderful star cast that drove me to see the film. Saif Khan's recent performances and of course Sanjay Dutt motivated me to go see the film.

Still not expecting much, I have no words to explain it, but I was truly shocked by the direction, editing of the movie backed by some of the best acting and screenplay I have seen in the Indian Film Industry. The movie, 130 minutes long, is also unlike other Indian movies which run easily 150+ minutes. The movie is crisp, and edited to perfection. Saif Khan and Sanjay Dutt were great like always, but Vidya Balan surprised me in her debut film.

This movie has set a new standard for Indian films. I like the direction in which Indian films are headed. 2004-05 has been a break through year for actors, directors for the Indian Film Industry, and movies like Parineeta is the fruit for the efforts.


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