Dibakar Banerjee made a smashing directorial debut with KHOSLA KA GHOSLA . He then worked with worthy films such as Oye Oye Lucky Oye , LOVE SEX AUR DHOKHA , Shanghai , And accomplished BYOMKESH Bakery . He also praised a small venture in anthropological films like Bombay Telix. , Essential goods  & GHOST Store In addition, Sharp Hire produces TITLI . These films helped him become a fan of his own and now his long-running film, SANDEEP AUR PINKY FARAAR, was finally released in theaters today. So are SANDEEP aur PINKY FARAAR as exciting as Dibakar Banerjee’s earlier films? Or does this film prove to be an exception? Let us analyze.
SANDEEP AUR PINKY FARAAR is the story of a woman whose life is in danger. Sandy Walia aka Sandeep (Parineeti Chopra) works in a very senior position for Parivartan Bank. She is a sister-in-law with her boss, Parikay (Dinkar) and runs the Ponzi scheme to help the bank get a lot of investment. Sandeep becomes pregnant with Paricha’s child and refuses to have an abortion. She also blackmails Parchi about the Ponzi scheme. Paricha decides to eliminate him. He hires Tyagi (Jaideep Ahlawat), a corrupt police officer, for this task. Tyagi finds a suspended soldier, Satinder Dahiya aka Pinky (Arjun Kapoor) on board. The plan is that Pinky will come to take Sandeep so that he can take her to Parchaya’s place. On the way, he will be murdered by the police. However, Pinkie suspects Tyagi’s intentions. Therefore, he deliberately gives the car number in front of Tyagi while he is on the way. From afar, Sandeep and Pinky witness that Tyagi’s men eliminate the occupants of the front car, and mistakenly make them Sandeep and Pinky. Sandeep and Pinky then run away and become incompany. Sandeep requests Pinky to take him to Nepal safely in exchange for Rs. 10 lakhs. All of Sandeep’s cards have been blocked but he assures that he will find a way to give him the promised amount. Pinky then takes Sandeep to Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand. It is situated on the border of India and Nepal. Pinky then begins to find a way to cross the border. Meanwhile, Sandeep collides with an old couple (Nina Gupta and Raghubir Yadav) in Pithoragarh. Sandeep tells the woman that she is pregnant and needs a good place to live. She lies that the hotel she is staying in in Pithoragarh is dirty. The couple takes pity on them and allows them to stay in their house. What happens next is the rest of the film.
The story of Dibakar Banerjee and Varun Grover has a lot of potential and can make for an intense thriller. Dibakar Banerjee and Varun Grover’s screenplay, however, is dry and insidious. A lot is happening in the film but it is poorly scripted. It seems as if the writers have deliberately made the proceedings boring. The dialogues of Dibakar Banerjee and Varun Grover are fine and some of them add laughter.
Dibakar Banerjee’s direction is not printed. The filmmaker has made some of the best films in the past and he knows his craft. But here, he just does not seem to be in form. Her talent streak only shines in some scenes such as long drawn scenes, shots taken beautifully in one, or where Sandeep breaks in the first half. But in most parts of the film, he stumbles. The first half is Birbal and fireworks are expected in the second half. However, the second part is flawed and unnecessarily stretched. It fails to understand what is happening in many places. This also happens because the sound mix is terrible. Many dialogs are inaccessible. It is shocking why the reputed producers would release the film with a bad sound.
SANDEEP AUR PINKY FARAAR begins on a thrilling note. The opening scene is shot in a take and is approximately 4-5 minutes long and the finale is superb. Sandeep and Pinky’s entry into the story is also interesting. The scene in which Sandeep breaks in front of the old woman is roaming in the scene where Sandeep and Pinky convince the old couple to let them stay in their house. After this point, the film goes downhill. The track of corrupt bankers is not really involved. In the second part, the only scene that attracts attention is when the bank manager, Sumit (Sukant Goyal), attacks Sandeep. The climax is a lethargy.
Parineeti Chopra is in good form. This is in stark contrast to the roles she is known for, but she presents a solid performance. Arjun Kapoor makes a restrained performance and harmonizes with the character he is essaying. Jaideep Ahlawat is comfortable in a supporting role. Nina Gupta and Raghubir Yadav are adorable. Dinkar suits that part. Sukant Goel performs smashing. Suruchi Aulakh (Purva; journalist), Archana Patel (Sejal; who replaces Sandy in the bank), Rahul Kumar (Munna) and Dev Chauhan (Nyal; who owns Pathik International) are decent. The film stars Sharon Prabhakar for seconds.
The songs are mostly rejected in the background. ‘Faraar’ Leaves a scar. ‘I-Phone’ Nobody gets noticed. ‘Mother Earth Across the Earth’ And ‘Maa Ka Bulaava Aayega’ The film is neatly woven. Dibakar Banerjee’s background score is minimal and good.
Anil Mehta’s cinematography is lovely and he captures the locations of Pithoragarh very well. Rohit Chaturvedi’s costume is non-glamorous and works for the film. The production design of Aparna Sood and Garima Mathur is straight from life. The editing of Bakul Baljeet Matiani is not good. The second half should have been tight.
Overall, SANDEEP AUR PINKY FARAAR has a Birbal in the first half, but goes down a lot in the second hour. Audiences will face a very difficult time to find at the box office.