Pradeep Sarkar (2005)

12A Certificate


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Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's poetic prose comes to life in Pradeep Sarkar's adaptation of Parineeta. This well crafted and spectacularly made love story exemplifies the stern determination Indian culture demands of the relationship between men and women. Saif Ali Khan plays Shekhar, the son of an affluent businessman whose deep friendship with neighbour Lolita (Vidya Balan) ignites with the arrival of outsider Girish (Sanjay Dutt), culminating in a tale of sentiment, betrayal and sacrifice. The literate script, rich colour schemes and wonderfully energetic song-and-dance set pieces evolve naturally from Sarkar's splendid tale. Khan brings his usual instinctive grace and gut-wrenching emotion to Shekhar, a budding musician beset by the complexities of an intense relationship, but it's newcomer Balan who really catches the eye, playing the love-stricken orphan to phenomenal effect.


Saif Ali Khan stars in this romantic comedy as Shekhar, an aspiring musician and son of a successful businessman living in Sixties Calcutta. As a youngster, he forms an intense friendship with a girl living in his neighbourhood, and the pair grow closer as they journey into adulthood. However, it's not until a charismatic young man threatens to steal his childhood friend that Shekhar realises he's in love with her. Sanjay Dutt, Vidya Balan, Diya Mirza and Raima Sen star.

Cast & Crew

Girish Sanjay Dutt
Lolita Vidya Balan
Koel Raima Sen
Shekhar Saif Ali Khan
Gayatri Tantia Diya Mirza
Navin Sabyasachi Chakraborty
Director Pradeep Sarkar
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Other Information

Language: Hindi +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: UTV Communications (UK)Available on: DVDReleased on: 10 Jun 2005