I love the way Dibakar Banerjee chooses not to fall into the bollywood formulaic traps everytime he wears a directors cap. His storytelling is often character driven and it is not much different in Sandeep or Pinky Faraar either, but there are a few catches here which hindered my experience.
As the title suggets Sandy Walia(Parineeti) and Satinder Dahia aka Pinky(Arjun Kapoor) are on the run. Sandy, a top executive at Parivarthan bank, falls out with his Boss-Boyfriend Parichay and ends up being chased by her highly influential boss as she has too much information about the fraud and corruption in the bank. Pinky, a suspended Hariana police constable, was sent by his superior Tyagi (Ahlawat) to pick Sandy from a Hotel. He gets sucked into the Sandy-Parichay conflict when Tyagi sets up a ploy to kill Sandy while showing her as a mere casualty on a ruined operation against suspended Pinky. Sandy and Pinky, though they represent entirely opposite background, thus end up together on a run away from their common enemy now.
In the opening sequence, we see a group youngsters cracking a few sexist jokes while travelling in an SUV, even shouting at other vehicles and when it was stopped at a police check post suddenly they are spayed with bullets as if they were setup. Soon the main narrative starts with Pinky picking up Sandy at the hotel and it merges with the opening sequence certainly giving a chilling start to the proceedings. But the makers didn’t have any intention of making a thriller out of it and slows things down perhaps intentionally.
The movie had several main plot points; Private banking frauds, their influential corporate heads, corruption in police system etc. But what the script has actually done well is the ease at which it was able to bring the social commentaries into the narrative. The script concentrated on exploring the lead characters too and their differences in their backgrounds, gender etc. But for a character driven narrative, it still ended up not explaining a lot about them. Sandy’s character arc remained vague through out the movie and Pinky’s suspension and probably an exploited past are never explored even though we get a sense of his struggles from some of the dialogues.
If there are two actors who needed turn arounds in their fortunes, they are Parineeti and Arjun Kapoor. Arjun was strictly passable but his role didn’t ask for too many variations in emotions. But Parineeti’s role had plenty of opportunities and probably demanded a lot more than what she is capable of. I have read so many praises being showered at Parineeti Chopra for her role, but her performance and dialogues were mostly mechanical apart from a couple of scenes. It may just be a slight improvement from the most forgettable Saina and Girl on the train. I can’t believe how her graph has gone in the exact opposite of what was expected from performances like Hasee Toh Phasee. And to make things worse for them, Raghubir Yadav and Neena Gupta totally outclassed them the second half with their brief roles.
While Sandeep or Pinky Faraar excels in parts, the final output is underwhelming mainly due to a narrative which failed to live up to the splendid opening sequence and the lead pair struggling to give full justice whenever the script demanded from them.