By Suruchi Das
Some films are out and out of the romantic age. Individualistic tales out of the filmmaker’s imagination. While other films are chunks of daily lives. But the best films are those which consist of interludes of fascination, eagerness within the premises of everyday life.
Sandeep and Pinky Faraar is a fun-to-watch movie. A dark comedy so well-written that it keeps the audience’s attention intact throughout the film. Satyendra Singh Dahiya aka Pinky, a suspended Haryanvi cop(Arjun Kapoor) is sent to bring Sandeep Kaur aka Sandy, a high-end bank executive of a national bank(Parineeti Chopra) who was waiting for her beau and boss Parichay(Dinker Sharma) at a restaurant. The scat and chaos begins when Pinky realizes that he and Sandy were supposed to be killed off under contract, as Sandy was blackmailing Parichay, and Pinky himself because he would have been the sole witness to Sandy’s murder.
It is apparent from the very first sequence that the film is not the usual caper-cinema that Bollywood offers us at every turn. This film has a soul at the heart of it. One of the standout sequences of the film is when the makers put together a long single take, with 3 typical men with crass body language, driving rashly through the Delhi roads, meanwhile, the entire film credits are run through. Cinematographer Anil Mehta and Director Dibakar Banerjee have created a sequence that's tense, sleek, and hair raising at the same time. The screenplay is so well-knit that the viewer will forget that they are not inside the film.
Writers Dibakar Banerjee and Varun Grover have written a story within the outlines of ingenuity. It is farsighted and has a witty imagination. The characters of the film are in sync which is very rare for Indian cinema. There are very few movies of our times which hardly go into the story itself.
Arjun Kapoor playing the sturdy Haryanvi jaath cop is mind-boggling. The accent, the eyes, the posture, the stature, is aptly imbibed. It is surprising that the man who gave us Sardar ka Grandson has also given us Sandeep Aur Pinky Farrar. Kapoor’s depiction of the character is in perfect harmony with the story’s comprehension. He is frantic, calm, eager, regretful, and instinctive all in the right amount. The actor has given a meticulously polished performance in a movie after a long time. It is so refreshing to feel that as an audience, from the very first moment of his appearance to the screen till the last, that you are glued to the character’s calm yet roguish inhibitions, you are waiting eagerly to see what he does next.
Parineeti Chopra as Sandeep Kaur aka Sandy Walia is a high-achieving individual who is very sure of herself. Parineeti has laid out her cards in a very genial manner. She is not ruining it by trying too hard. I admit I was not a very huge fan of her acting skills, I always felt that Chopra’s performances were monotonous and regressive. However, the actress stands her ground with incredible acting chops and panache. Sandeep Walia is people’s person not through pleasing them but through trying to achieve through them, with them. However, she is as real as one can be. She is substantial.
There’s a scene in the film where the character is about to be assaulted, Parineeti has treated that sequence with so much authenticity and care that as an audience, you feel her anguish, the ever-growing tension the character is portraying. This scene is not advocating ‘Mera hero Aayega or Aake Mujhe Bachayega ’(my hero will come and save me). This scene captures so much but that… Parineeti, very brilliantly, has taken into the fear. The vulnerability of the unknown itself. Sandy is a person who has dealt with adamant and insensitive out-pours. She is someone who knows how to control a situation. Parineeti has performed generously in this scene. Her quality acting is not a by-product of chance, it’s a sign of a good actor who knows her job.
Jaideep Ahlawat, Raghuveer Yadav, and Neena Gupta are in supporting roles but all of them are significant to the thematic structure of the film and perhaps that’s why they are cast for the roles. The portrayal of Raghuveer Singh and Neena Gupta as a middle-class family who render shelter to Sandeep and Pinky in Pithoragarh is depicting the not-so-modern yet of the current times’ uncle aunties who are aware of all the humdrum going around them.
The film is representing the cusp between modern expectation with the conventional reality within its creative and cinematic parameters.
One of the best things about the film is its music. The music of the film is as important to the film as any other character or technicality. The background score while the first sequence runs, the bhajan which is playing in the background are all significant to the film’s plot.
Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar is a good, quality cinema, which though blends in with the various hush-hush of our society’s issues is telling a fresh story sewn to the ground levels. A smart dark comedy with tones of blue-black and red the film makes you breathe with it.
Lastly, I would again like to mention Arjun Kapoor and with him, Rahul Kumar who gave some mic dropping dance performances in the film.
Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.