Meri Pyaari Bindu is the story that spans over a period of 20 years between the life of Abhimanyu and Bindu. Abhimanyu is a Bengali writer who writes erotic horror stories. Facing writer’s block, he comes up with the idea to write his own romantic story into a romantic novel. The name of the novel is ‘Meri Pyaari Bindu’. It is where we are taken into the childhood of Abhimanyu, where he falls in love with his neighbour, Bindu. We are taken through their innocent lovestory as their careers drive them apart. Ultimately, Bindu rejects Abhimanyu’s marriage proposal and all that Abhimanyu is left with is a mix-tape.
Meri Pyaari Bindu is directed by debutante director Akshay Roy. Akshay Roy has earlier worked as Second Unit Director on movies such as Taare Zameen Par and The Namesake. Ayushmann Khurana and Parineeti Chopra will be seen together for the very first time on screen. Parineeti Chopra makes her debut as a singer with the song, “Maana Ki Hum Yaar Nahin” in the movie.
What To Anticipate:
At the heart of it, Meri Pyari Bindu is a romantic comedy with no new perspective and that is what deadens it. Meri Pyari Bindu seems to have been cut out from frames of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and 500 Days of Summer. Yes, the characters are new and there is certain likeability to these characters, but at the same time, it becomes difficult to resonate with them.
Parineeti in her quirky new avatar is fun to watch, but at the same time, she goes through so many makeovers, that her character lacks depth and remains superficial. At the same time, Ayushmann Khurrana’s Abhimanyu brings the charm required to keep the audience hooked to the character. What works perfectly is the pair. The connection between Ayushmann Khurrana and Parineeti Chopra works pretty well and it may be the sole reason for you to watch the movie.
The first half of the movie is a flashback, running through narratives and the second half resorts to untangle the messed up storylines, but fails to gather your attention. One frantically waits for the movie to end. It’s just too much to take. Set to the backdrop of Calcutta, it is well paired with Bengali music and Bong humor. The script feels rushed and the struggle – unreal and unlikely. The whole idea behind the characterisation of Bindu as a free-spirited person when all she represents is a selfish and shallow person who runs at the first moment of opportunity. Symbollism in terms of the mix-tape, typewriter, football and samosas work well as objects serving memories.
Meri Pyaari Bindu throws some unexpected abstract dialogues at you without any context. Of everything else, Abhimanyu’s Bengali family serves as the centre of comic relief. The five chapter trailers of the movie spoiled the twists and the good parts of the story. (Avoid watching them) It’s towards the end of the movie that one realises that the whole narration was through the words of Abhimanyu, which obviously would be written with personal undertones. It’s this realisation that questions the whole script of the movie.