Movie Name: Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar
Directed by: Dibakar Banerjee
Starring: Arjun Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra, Pankaj Tripathi, Jaideep Ahlawat, Raghubir Yadav, Neena Gupta
Genre: Drama, Family, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Release Date: 19 March, 2021
Running Time: 123 Minutes
The film follows the story of a man and woman who represent two completely different Indians. Pinky is a Haryanavi Police Officer while Sandeep is someone from the Corporate world. However, they are united by their mistrust, suspicion, and hate for each other.
Sandeep aur Pinky Faraar is an upcoming Indian black comedy film directed by Dibakar Banerjee. It stars Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra. The principal photography of the film began on 7 November 2017 at Mahipalpur. Initially scheduled for release in early 2020, the release was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in India. The film is scheduled for release on 19 March 2021.
Yash Raj Films announced the film on 3 July 2017. It marks the third collaborations between Kapoor and Chopra after they starred together in Ishaqzaade (2012), which was followed by the two pairing up again in Namaste England (2018).
On 30 October 2017, Arjun Kapoor shared an image of his character which is shown to be a cop. On 27 March 2018, the second look of both actors came out giving a glimpse of their different worlds.
Filming took place at the nearby places (Pithoragarh) of Indo-Nepal border. To get into their characters, Banerjee insisted the two not to communicate with each other prior to filming and even off-screen. The Shoot of Arjun wrapped up on 17 January 2018.
The official trailer was released by Yash Raj Films on 4 March 2020.
It will be theatrically released in India on 19 March, 2021.
This films soundtrack is composed by Anu Malik and Narendra Chandra. Lyrics written by Anu Malik and Dibakar Banerjee. The film’s background score is composed by Dibakar Banerjee.
Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar: Movie Trailer
Parineeti Chopra, Arjun Kapoor reunite in Dibakar Banerjee’s two-hour snooze-fest
You’d expect a suspense thriller or a dark comedy to keep you intrigued from start to finish, but Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar misses the plot despite having so much to explore. Unfortunately, its lazy writing and slow pace ruin its chances of clicking with the audience. Director Dibakar Banerjee’s film touches upon bank scams and the elderly people who are victimised by them, an idea that had potential, but the narrative goes haywire.
Starring Parineeti Chopra and Arjun Kapoor in lead roles, Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar’s theatrical release was held up for over two years, but now that it’s finally out, it might just force audience to go ‘faraar’ (run for their life). The first 15 minutes set high hopes and you think you’re in for a lot of suspenseful storytelling, but the film turns out to be a series of repetitive events and boring twists — just like the deceptive title.
Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar is the third collaboration between Chopra and Kapoor after Ishaqzaade and Namaste England. But their onscreen chemistry is the weakest in this one.
A successful banker named Sandeep Walia, aka Sandy, (Chopra) is escaping from her boss who’s out to get her. A suspended cop from Haryana, Satinder Dahiya, aka Pinky, (Kapoor) comes to her rescue. Will they manage to outrun the goons and corrupt cops? Will Pinky be able to save Sandeep’s life? The first half introduces you to Sandeep and Pinky and charts their journey to a hideout near the Indo-Nepal border. But the suspense, or what little there is of it, is lifted just before the interval, leaving you to wonder what to expect in the second half. The slow pace makes you want to take a nap.
Perhaps the only thing that stands out is Chopra’s layered character and her decent performance. She’s bold, independent, strong-headed yet vulnerable at times. Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar is essentially her film.
Kapoor is totally out of shape — both physically and otherwise. And it’s understandable since the movie was made almost four years ago. A lot has changed since then. His Haryanavi accent sounds quite natural but the acting department still needs a lot of work. In fairness, he doesn’t have much to do, barring the climax, which quite literally shows him ‘stepping out’ of his comfort zone.
There is a scene in which a die-hard Salman Khan fan is getting married and that’s the only time we hear a song by Anu Malik in this two-hour snooze-fest. Watch Kapoor’s obnoxious dance on the track Faraar at your own risk.
Chained to a mediocre script, some seasoned actors bring their flair. Neena Gupta and Raghubir Yadav are quite relatable as an elderly couple. The understated patriarchal mindset the film tries to address reflects effectively in some of the scenes. Jaideep Ahlawat is wasted as a crooked cop, with just a handful of scenes.
Meanwhile, Anil Mehta scores full marks for his spectacular cinematography, especially the way he has captured the Indo-Nepal border.
Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar is a classic case of lazy writing. If it ha stuck to being a suspense thriller, it might have worked, but as it stands, it wont get the cash registers ringing at the box office.
Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar: Movie Songs
Song Title: Faraar
Lyrics: Anu Malik, Dibakar Banerjee
Music Composer: Anu Malik
Singer(s): Anu Malik