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Its an open secret that 'Yashraj Films' owns the blueprint for the commercial success in Bollywood. Over the years, they reached to the pinnacle of tinsel town churning movies with a tried and tested winning-formula. Aditya Chopra dared to swim against the tide and at times, conferred with both bouquets and brickbats. This time around, he ventured into 'Mumbaiaa Tapori' lingo and a romantic action thriller. Let us see, whether the wings of "Lafangey Parindey" are strong enough to sail higher or crash-plummet is on the cards.
'Lafangey Parindey' is touted as a tribute to 'never-say-die-spirit' of Mumbai; and to some extent it lives upto this enterprising thought. Its story about a group of street rowdies and their scuffle with life's hard earned lessons. It is not a untouched subject in Bollywood and many movies have made this as the crux of their plot. One of the best in this particular genre is Sunny Deols hard hitting 'Arjun' which is imprinted in golden words in our memory-slate. Sadly, LP does not come even remotely close to the above. Its gripping at regular intervals but the screws are not tightened enough to keep audiences glued-and-guessing. The friendship part and the love angle is well built and executed; but the whole 'investigation-thing' is ludicrous, to say the least. The story traverses in familiar territory throughout, and climax is at the best: "Ridiculously Predictable". After "Rab Ne..", Aditya Chopra again plays around with reality shows; all this reality-show-obsession lacks the spunk and devoid of any excitement.
Without a shadow of doubt, Lafangey Parindey belongs to leggy lass Deepika Padukone. She is the 'twinkling light' of the movie, ironically playing a 'blind girl'. Normally she holds fort with her sex appeal but enacting a dreamy-eyed Pinky Palkar, she comes out of her comfort-cum-oomph zone and showcases her acting prowess with elan. Neil Nitin Mukesh gives a decent performance but everybody would agree that he was a complete misfit in a Tapori role. His ultra-urban looks and suave uber-cool demeanor does not go hand in hand with a One-Shot Nandus characterization. Piyush Mishra was top notch as Satta-King; his cacophonic voice adds venom to his antagonist character. The friendship track is the soul of the flick; all Neil's friends were in top form, but Namit Das as 'Chaddi' deserves a special mention.
Music is a big letdown and does not boast of even a single magical track. "Mann Lafanga" and "Nain Parindey" are soothing to ears, thanks largely to mellifluous voice of Mohit Chauhan and Shipa Rao respectively. The rest of the songs are just add-ons and provides opportunity to moviegoers' to grab a quick popcorn. Pradeep Sarkar is the Captain of this Ship; known to make women-centric movies, he doesn't disappoint with LP as well. With his able craftsmanship, he made a thin plotline a decent watch. But need to confess, 'Parineeta' is still his best and Lafangey Parindey would definitely not qualify into that bracket.
Maverick Verdict: Lafangey Parindey is surely at win-all situation. Distributors and makers would earn profit, thanks to comparative low production cost. As an audience:, if you watch it, you might not regret it and if you decide to give it a miss, the sky would not fall down; it would soon be released in your idiot box. In gist, everybody would be happy and all would STAY IN PEACE!!!