| Drama, Thriller |
Director: Dibakar Banerjee
Cast: Parineeti Chopra, Arjun Kapoor, Tarun Gahlot
Release Date: March 18, 2021
Running time: 2h 3m.
Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar is a 2021 Indian Hindi-language black comedy film
Dibakar Banerjee’s Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar, that the director has co-written with Varun Grover, is about two people who are forced to help each other when caught in a seemingly impossible situation. Sandeep Walia a.k.a. Sandy (Parineeti Chopra) and Satinder Dahiya a.k.a. Pinky (Arjun Kapoor) are thrown together when she escapes a murder attempt and he realises that the person who was targeting her would have finished him off too.
Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar, released theatrically, is of a unique timbre – and spirit. It gives top billing to Parineeti Chopra. It also gleefully jettisons the Mumbai industry’s gender norms in other ways that are integral to the narrative. To begin with, Sandeep isn’t a man and Pinky isn’t a woman.
We learn too little of what made Sandeep and Pinky who they are now. She is the focal point of the story, but not enough is revealed about her motivations until the point at which we first meet her in the film. Still, what happens to Sandeep and Pinky in the present day offers up interesting snapshots of corruption, colourful vignettes of small-town life, a terrifyingly realistic note on the vicious resentment that the most harmless-looking men might harbour towards a woman who seems unreachable to them, all this paralleled by an overarching faith in humankind.