Monday, December 11, 2006

Parinda - The Peace Dove


Vidhu Vinod Chopra is my favorite directors of all times. I cherish almost every movie of his but Parinda holds a special place among all his gems. The movie was way ahead of its time. He was able to make a realistic movie in commercial set-up. The movie was released in 1989 which were turbulent times in Mumbai with Underworld rising and taking control of the city. It was also the time when the likes of Anil Kapoor, Jackie Shroff and Madhuri Dixit were on top of their career graph. Parinda gave them all the chance of their lives to showcase their talent at its very raw best. It also introduced Nana Patekar to masses with a once-in-a-lifetime role.

The story of the movie revolved around underworld gang run by Nana Patekar and Jackie Shroff who becomes one of his right hand men. The scene where Anupam Kher in killed in the arms of Anil Kapoor on his return from US is itched in my mind unlike any other scene in Hindi cinema. Rest of the movie revolved around Anil Kapoor and his dilemma in face of revenge for the murder of his best friend and love for his brother. The boat scene where Anil confronts Jackie is one of the highlights of the movie. The movie is realistically violent esp the pre-climax scene where Anil and Madhuri are killed on their honeymoon night. The climax scene shows Nana at his best. Its one of the most torturous killing of villain in Hindi cinema.


Of all the characters my favorite was Anil Kapoor and he proved that he was the best actor of his time. Madhuri also took the risk of working in most part of the movie without any make-up. Jackie did the role of his life. His character invoked the most sympathy in the movie.

The actual hero of the movie was Vidhu Vinod Chopra. His direction was immaculate. Most part of the movie was shot in dark which went well with the theme of the movie. The tension built up in the movie and surprises it sprang were a genius of Chopra. Another highlight of Vinod Chopra's career has been his team which he has remained loyal till this date, which includes Binod Pradhan, one of the best cinematographer (who also happens to be my Mom's best friend's brother) in India. The music was given by R.D Burman and never intrudes in the proceedings of the movie. "Tumse Milke..." is one of my all-time favorite love songs.

The dialouges of the movie were one of the best pinned ever. Dialouges like, "Jo aadmi 1 lakh main bik sakta hain, woh 5 lakh main tere ko bhi bech sakta hain" and when Tom Alter tells Nana who killed Suresh Oberoi, without saying the name from his mouth, was a mark of a genius.

Another highlight of the movie and that goes with name of the movie was the use of parindas as a background music for anything bad. It was an ironic statement because parindas that were mostly shown were peace doves and they symbolized all the violence in the city. According to me it symbolized that a city or few of its bad elements, can make a peaceful man like Anil's character, into a murderer.

The movie was India's nominee for Oscar's and rightly so. Nana Patekar, Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Jackie Shroff won Filmfare for their respective roles.

The movie set the standards for directors like RGV to follow. Its amazing though unlike RGV, Chopra never tried a movie of this genre again even though the movie was a decent hit among the masses. The versatility of movies made by Chopra makes him one of the best directors/story-tellers to have come out from India. Parinda will remain one movie that introduced a new genre into Hindi cinema.

37 Comments:

Anonymous Mehak said...

ohh God, mein phir se first :p

8:01 PM  
Anonymous Mehak said...

Ohh WOW...never thought you'd post about this movie...It's one of my all time favourites....Infact I had Parinda's Video Cassette..when I was in Mumbai & how can I forget the song 'Tumse Milke'...

Anil Kapoor..ohhh he still ROCKS!!! Brilliant & a Natural Actor...
Madhuri looks better without Make-up...waiting for her return in films...rumours are that she has been signed by Yash Chopra..
Wish to see Nana Patekar in more movies..

Waiting for Vidhu Chopra's next movie in the summer of '07 - Eklavya,The Royal Guard.

Lovely post Ricky...remembering old days...

8:11 PM  
Blogger The Bhandari's said...

chalo let me claim silver, and BTW what are u upto these days, started believing "A blog a day keeps doctor away " :D
chalo will read at the end of day, abhi in office

11:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He is also one of my best directors.

I loved his all film - Khamoshi, Kareeb, 1942 - A Love Story, Mission Kashmir and Munna Bhai. Of course Parinda too.

I had watched this film when it was realized, but I still remember the film very clearly.

Have you seen the film "Gardish" of Jacki. I like this film too.

Nana ka kya baat karein. And Anil Kapoor is one of my all time fav actor after AB. Raj Kappor ke baad, he is the actor who looks innocent.

And the song, Tum se Milke is one of my fav song. I find one of the best song by
Suresh Wadekar. Hey you remember this song was sung by one of Indian Ideal too?

Very well written post. Really loved to read it

11:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have posted poem. Come and read. Hope you will love to read as it's in Hindi na :-).

11:44 PM  
Anonymous marlee said...

hmmm...ab toh movie dekhna parega...just started watching movies as a hobby...was banned frm watching hindi movies by my parents until i moved away frm them for my graduation! where can i get such old movies in delhi? the collection at Music World isnt that great.

9:05 AM  
Blogger faith said...

tumse milke.. is one of my fav songs too :) yes.. it was a good movie..

7:23 PM  
Anonymous Nupur said...

i have heard the songs - but never seen the movie (just bits n pieces!) -- unbelievable but true.

7:43 PM  
Anonymous red said...

lo ji mein vi ithe pahunch gayi.atlast. ricky lovely post.i do have fond memories of parinda and that song.

9:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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10:41 PM  
Blogger Urvi said...

Jst landed up here from Mehak's blog...

Thtz a v.nice post..
Parinda is no doubt a v.nice movie.. d scene of Anna's fear for fire was picturised so well with a v.good background score... and as u said how Tom (Musa) revealed d truth without breaking his promise to karan was d best. Nana, Jackie n Anil gave one of their best performances. 'Tumse Milke'.. is a lovely song. On n on a v.good movie.

Chopra is a real perfectionist... how can v 4get his Khamoshi n 1942 A Love Story...

Waiting 4 his next release Eklavya...

2:29 AM  
Blogger The Bhandari's said...

haven't seen the movie :( but will try to get one and watch, as ur review is quite impressive. Yup thats true am too fan of anil kapoor and have watched lot of his movies. Best one till date is "Nayak" and yes during my childhood days my fav movie was "Mr.India" and I don't remember how many times I had watched that one may be more that 50 times :D
Madhuri was all time fav
Nana ... everyone knows he is wonderful
So in nutshell I need to watch this movie now :)


and there is once again word verification *sob sob*

7:21 PM  
Blogger Reema said...

ohhhh! u changed the setting, im soo happy to fiinally be able to talk here!! :D

1:08 AM  
Blogger Reema said...

i havnt ever seen the whole movie, but 4 some reason.. whenever its on tv, when i switch it on the scene i get is when anupam kher is shot.. with the birds n all arnd.. thats a sentii scene! n i remember seeing the anil n madhuri scene too.. not too sure! plus the songs.. !

1:10 AM  
Anonymous preeti said...

parinda is one movie which had glamourous actors like anil kapoor and madhuri and jackie shorff yet the movie was very honest, straight and hard hitting..it was not preachy or it did not glorify underworld at any time..i almost shuddered when they put rama into that machine and we can see blood flowing...the movie was about violence but had very few fighting scences.. much less than so called family movies or romantic movies of that time...

12:18 PM  
Blogger Ricky said...

mehak - Tu bahut tez hain :P

Woh bhi kya din thee na, video cassette ke...he he. Yea, I have never seen Anil overact in movies. Madhuri still rocks and Nana is awesome actor.

I can't wait for Eklavya either.

Thanks for liking the post.

bhandari's - Aap Gold lo jee, aise kya baat hain. Ha ha!! Aree yaar, hamari shaam are free these days, so what's better way to pass the time.

12:23 PM  
Blogger Ricky said...

juneli - Me too :D

Gardish is again one of my favorites and esp. the songs of the movie were awesome.

I think I remember than one of the singers in Idol sang this. Thanks for liking it.

Read your poem :-)

marlee - Yea, its a classic. Wow, what a torture...just kidding...he he. I haven't been to Delhi in 6 years yaar, so I am not the best guy to answer that but will try to find it for you.

12:28 PM  
Blogger Ricky said...

faith - Mine too :D

nupur - You should rent it one of these days. The movie is dark but very well made.

red - Tuhada hee intezar seega jee. Thanks!!

zoya - Welcome to my Blog, Zoya!! Reema ke blog kharab hone ka kuch toh fayada hua :D

12:30 PM  
Blogger Ricky said...

urvi - Welcome to my Blog, Urvi!!

Thanks!! Yea, all his movies are different and well-made. Me too is waiting for that movie :D

release Eklavya...

bhandari's - You should. I love lot of Anil movies because his movies were very "true" to reality in some sense. I have watched Mr. India too countless times.

Aree yaar, I was being spammed. Sorry!!

12:34 PM  
Blogger Ricky said...

reema - Only for you jee.

LOL, even I have seen that scene like countless time. Its a dark movie, so I am not sure if you will like it. :-)

preeti - True. Yea, it showed violence through words, eyes, fear in those eyes, blood, parindas flying with fear, and the general darkness of the movie.

12:37 PM  
Anonymous marlee said...

6 yrs? :-o damn!

12:54 PM  
Blogger Ricky said...

marlee - :-(

12:57 PM  
Anonymous marlee said...

what i meant was, 6 yrs is too long a time to be away frm home...
but im sure ur abreast with all the changes that the country, particularly Delhi, has seen!

1:38 PM  
Blogger Ricky said...

marlee - Yea, I am very much in touch. My parents are in NOIDA anyways. I know how Delhi has changed with Malls, Metro, more Malls, Multiplexes, McDonald's... :P

I will be coming next year and would love to see first-hand. All the positive changes are good for Delhi :D

1:43 PM  
Anonymous marlee said...

All that and lots more! Du's face has changed for teh better! Metro rocks! eating out is affordable. Shopping fun but i prefer old GKI.
Noida? Noida DND Flyover is cool :)

1:56 PM  
Blogger Ricky said...

marlee - Good good. I can live my Dilli through you and your lens. I hope DUs gals haven't changed, they are the best. I wanna see Metro. I wanna eat out in Dilli like you won't believe. I have been to DND flyover, it was just constructed :D

1:59 PM  
Anonymous marlee said...

(with a very solemn expression): yes ricky, i understand the gravity of the responsibility when u say u can live ur Delhi through my lenses. hehehe...will be going to assam soon so u can look foward to some pics frm there and shillong (supposed scotland of teh east)as well.
Isnt the DND flyover cool?

2:39 PM  
Blogger Ricky said...

marlee - My Dad was in Army, so we have lived all over. I lived three years in Shillong. Don't remember much because I was there ages between 1-4 but I still have some fainted memories. You have to bring me pictures from there. Pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!

2:43 PM  
Anonymous marlee said...

Amry? My fathers a civil servant so i've studied in like 8 schools! so how many have u been to? i studied in shillong as well!
alright, will put up pics frm shillong as well as Cherrapunji, the supposed wettest place on earth...but the irony is, for the better part of teh yr pll have to walk for miles for water!

2:59 PM  
Blogger Ricky said...

I have studied in 11, so I win...lol. My first school was, Gulmarg Academy in Shillong. I am not sure if it exists anymore. Yea, I have heard that about Cherrapunji. But when it rains in that part, it literally pours. I am glad to meet ya through blogging [:D]

3:05 PM  
Anonymous marlee said...

lol...i know its become a standard question for me to ask when i meet ppl with a 'moving/transferable' background!
Cherrapunji is so nice even when it doesnt rain...on teh ascent through the hills the clouds are 'flowing' around and when u reach the falls, theres water spraying all around. the way up is dotted with small shack like restaurant which serve yummy traditional Khasi pork dishes!
Gulmarg Academy? will find out when i go. Do u rem the locality u lived in?
the feelings mutual my friend :-p

3:15 PM  
Blogger Ricky said...

marlee - Ha ha!! Same here. I boast it, like its the best thing ever :P

I have seen pictures of that falls and believe me its the most beautiful falls anywhere in world.

We lived in Army Cantonment area but I will ask Ma about it. You don't need to go out of the way but the pictures will be for my Ma-Pa, who remember the place very fondly.

3:23 PM  
Anonymous marlee said...

chill...will be visting the place anyway so i'll be taking soem pics.

3:34 PM  
Blogger Ricky said...

Great!! :D

3:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

u make me feel like watching the movie..thoughi remember last time i saw it.. ...i was depressed for quite a long time.. :P..
payal

11:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i dun rem the movie very well..u surely will make me see it again..

tumse milke is a lovely song..shot in a very very sweet manner..

great review:)

sonali

2:45 PM  
Blogger Ricky said...

payal - It has a sad ending but it was meant to be a dark movie and remains true to the theme.

sonali - Yea, even i saw it again after a long time. Yea, I love the simple lyrics and music of the song. Thanks!!

4:54 PM  

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