Meri Pyaari Bindu movie review: Ayushmann Khurrana, Parineeti Chopra try but can’t make us feel

Meri Pyaari Bindu movie review: Parineeti Chopra's Bindu is bubbly and cute but stays on the surface. Ayushmann Khurrana's Abhi gets more to play with. But will their romance make us sing Abhi Na jao Chhod ke?

Rating: 2 out of 5
Written by Shubhra Gupta | New Delhi | Updated: May 12, 2017 2:11 pm
Meri Pyaari Bindu movie review, Meri Pyaari Bindu review, Meri Pyaari Bindu, Meri Pyaari Bindu movie image Meri Pyaari Bindu movie review: Ayushmann Khurrana, as the steadfast Bubla, fares a little better than Parineeti Chopra because he is given more to play with.

Meri Pyaari Bindu movie cast: Parineeti Chopra, Ayushmann Khurrana, Aparajita Auddy
Meri Pyaari Bindu movie director: Akshay Roy
Meri Pyaari Bindu movie rating: 2 stars

Abhimanyu Roy, also known by his ‘daak naam’ Bubla (Ayushmann Khurrana), is a corporate type-turned-pulp novelist. Bindu Shankarnaryanan (Parineeti Chopra) only known as Bindu, is an aspiring singer who turns… she knows not what, for the longest time. In Meri Pyaari Bindu, these two come and go, come and go, and leave us wanting more.

To not know what you want is not a crime. Drifting can be a perfectly respectable occupation. Or preoccupation, depending upon how you look at it. Abhi is smitten with the girl-next-door Bindu at a very young age, and we see them grow into prank-filled teenage and what passes for adulthood in Bollywood. But to keep us interested in this construct of a ditsy, selfish, flighty, confused female lead for two hours and more becomes an exercise in patience, because Bindu herself isn’t interesting enough. And that’s the trouble with Meri Pyaari Bindu, which proves that Bollyland romance still hasn’t got over its ‘500 Days Of Summer’ overhang.

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For a rom com (as one character in the film points out so presciently, how different can love stories be) to stand out from the ones that have been done before, setting, situations and characters have be new. Or new-ish. Ayushmann Khurrana, as the steadfast Bubla (lovely touch, that pet name), fares a little better because he is given more to play with. Parineeti Chopra is written minus requisite depth, and stays on the surface. Yes, she is bubbly, and cute, and all the descriptors given above, but that’s not enough.

As befits a Yashraj production, everything else is in place. Much of it is set in Calcutta, before it became Kolkata, and Bubla’s large, loving, boisterous carrom-playing Bengali family is spot on. When you hear the lilting ‘jeebone ki pabo na’ playing in the background, you smile, because well, how many times have you plucked out that song on a guitar and sung along if you have lived with that kind of family, or friend?

Speaking of which, the background music in Meri Pyaari Bindu will resonate with those who loved making ‘mixed tapes’ (audio cassettes), which could be played on the two-in-ones so commonly used through the 80s. And what’s not to love about that evergreen love song full of wistfulness and longing: abhi na jaao chhod kar… through which Bubla and Bindu connect?

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You need to feel that same kind of wistfulness and longing between the will-they, won’t-they lovers too. Khurrana and Chopra have a connection — they laugh at the same things even after they’ve left childhood and adolescence behind — but raise too little steam.

At one point, Bindu is on the phone, speaking to Bubla, her nail varnish chipped, her make up not immaculate: she is messy, and that’s perfect, because conveying emotions is a messy business. Chopra comes alive in that scene, and makes the bittersweetness that the film is after, come to the fore too. She’s feeling the words, not just saying the line. If that had spilled over into the film, it would have made us feel.

Because that’s what solidly-crafted rom coms do.

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    Malkeet
    May 25, 2017 at 11:17 am
    Meri Pyaari Bindu is a weak film on many fronts. The story is very linear and short. Even in it’s two hours of run-time, the content begins to seem stretched and repe ive. Afterall, how many sunkissed headshots of Parineeti Chopra can one take? This movie offers very few memorable moments. The most exciting scene of the film was when Ayushmann Khurrana tried to climb a tree going upto Bindu’s room...go to more info : www.wittyghost /2017/05/meri-pyaari-bindu/ : www.wittyghost /
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      Medha Pandey
      May 25, 2017 at 8:44 am
      Meri Pyari Bindu - much-awaited rom-com of the season.. well and does it turned out as shown in the trailers - the answer is BANG ON !! A cute Bong Boy "bubla wrap" with a sweet as chum chum family & relatives falls in love with messy, troubled girl next door (bindu) - and both of them were able to mess with your brains and make you keep thinking are they together are they not - will they be together in the end or not !! for me it was a happy ending with the perfect song - "mana ki hum yaar ni..lo tai h ki pyaar ni" :). Offbeat puns and teenage ridiculousness will certainly make you laugh. all the 80's/90's kids who have gone through the passion of mixed tapes of your favourite song collections will resonate with the background score and all the beautiful songs of golden era to "abhi na jao chor k, ki dil abhi bhara ni" ! , which even the lead actors connect with both in real and reel life. O cmon we all know Khurana and Chopra loves music ;)
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        PUSHPENDRA
        May 16, 2017 at 6:08 pm
        MERI AB TAK KI SABSE BAKWAS MOVIE THI YE 1 HRS BHI NA JHELI GAI.
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