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Director: Dibakar Banerjee

Starring: Parineeti Chopra, Arjun Kapoor, Neena Gupta, Jaideep Ahlawat and Raghubir Yadav

Written by: Dibakar Banarjee, Varun Grover

SANDEEP AUR PINKY FARAAR is the story of two people on the run. Sandy Walia aka Sandeep (Parineeti Chopra) works for a bank in a very senior position. She has a fling with her boss Parichay (Dinker) and also helps the bank get investments by floating ponzi schemes. Sandeep gets pregnant with Parichay’s child. She refuses to abort and starts blackmailing him about the ponzi scheme as well. Parichay decides to kill her. He hires a corrupt police officer, Tyagi (Jaideep Ahlawat) for this job. Tyagi in turn hires a suspended cop, Satinder Dahiya aka Pinky (Arjun Kapoor) on board. Tyagi plans to kill two birds with one stone. The plan is that Pinky will pick up Sandeep and take her to Parichay’s place and on the way the cops will eliminate them. Pinky however grows suspicious and gives a wrong number plate to them. On seeing the wrong car being blown up by the cops’ bullets, they turn the car and run. Sandeep requests Pinky to take her to Nepal and promises to pay him good money in return. All cards of Sandeep are blocked but she assures that she’ll find a way to give him the promised amount. Pinky then takes Sandeep to Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand, which is located on the border of India and Nepal. While Pinky is trying to figure out a way to cross the border, Sandeep runs into an old couple (Neena Gupta and Raghubir Yadav). Sandeep tells them she is pregnant and needs a place to crash. The couple helps them out. What happens next forms the rest of the film.

The main plot of the film had a lot of scope which unfortunately never materialized. The film was touted to be a thriller and a dark comedy and in reality fails to be either, and gets stuck in the middle, not knowing where it belongs. The story has a lot of plot holes to top it. The film starts on a good note and then loses its way. The film could have been a lot better.

Technically, the film is good. Cinematography by Anil Mehta is great and he captures some scenes beautifully. Editing by Bakul Baljeet Matiyani does not impress. Should have been slicker. Songs have generally gone unnoticed in the film and personally speaking, good thrillers do not require songs, just good background music which is good in the film here. Writing has been terrible, it is the sole reason why the film does not work. Production design and costume design are apt and not over the top which works.

Performance wise, the film is great. Parineet is in top form. She is especially good in the second half. She gives an honest performance. Arjun Kapoor delivers a restrained performance which suits his role. He gives his best and it shows on the screen. Jaideep Ahlawat is brilliant as ever. Neena Gupta and Raghubir Yadav are great to watch. The rest of the cast offer good support.

Dibakar Banerjee’s direction is disappointing. Neither is he able to uplift the film nor is he able to execute it well.

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