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Dibakar Banerjee Productions’ Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar (UA) is, as the title suggests, the story of Sandeep and Pinky who are thrown together under unusual circumstances. Sandeep (Parineeti Chopra) has helped her boss, Parichay (Dinker), in his Parivartan Bank scheme by getting lakhs of depositors. But she realises, the entire scheme is a scam. Further, her boss has impregnated her. When she fails in recovering her share of the loot, she decides to expose him.

Parichay seeks the help of the Haryana police to nab Sandeep (Sandy). Pinky (Arjun Kapoor), who is a policeman working with the Haryana police, is sent to fetch Sandeep and bump her off. But he soon realises that his life is also in danger as he too will be killed. For that reason and also because he feels sorry for Sandeep, he decides to save her. The two reach Pithoragarh where they seek refuge in a house owned by an old couple. Aunty (Neena Gupta) and Uncle (Raghubir Yadav) are a very noble couple which buys the story that Sandeep and Pinky are a married couple. The old couple charges Sandeep and Pinky money but provides them a room and meals during their stay.

Sandeep has promised Pinky a fat sum of money for saving her life and that of the unborn child inside her womb. She attempts to collect that money from the manager of Parivartan Bank in Pithoragarh. Pinky has plans to escape to Nepal after collecting his money. For this, he seeks the help of Nyal (Dev Chauhan), a local hotel owner of Pithoragarh. Nyal has a son, Munna (Rahul Kumar), who idolises Pinky. Sandeep is keen to also escape to Nepal. However, before they can escape, Parichay’s men, including Pinky’s senior, Tyagi (Jaideep Ahlawat), reach Pithoragarh to nab Sandeep and Pinky. What happens thereafter?

Dibakar Banerjee and Varun Grover have written a sketchy story that is very confusing. Their screenplay is equally confusing and, therefore, the drama fails to involve the audience. Besides the low entertainment quotient, even the engagement quotient is poor because the drama just doesn’t give the viewers a feeling of being a part of it. Since layers are revealed in bits and spurts, the unengaging drama ends up testing the audience’s patience. In spite of Sandeep being pregnant, her character fails to win the audience’s sympathy. Why, one’s sympathy also does not go to Pinky. Comedy is almost completely missing. Dialogues, also penned by Dibakar Banerjee and Varun Grover, are alright.

Arjun Kapoor is ordinary. He does not give his cent per cent to the character he portrays on screen. Parineeti Chopra is earnest in her role. She does a sincere job but, of course, the poor script lets her down rather badly. Neena Gupta is a delight to watch as Aunty. In the role of Uncle, Raghubir Yadav is also first-rate. Jaideep Ahlawat lends decent support as Tyagi. Dinker hardly gets any scope to make a mark as Parichay. Dev Chauhan is effective as Nyal. Rahul Kumar makes a fine impression in the role of Munna. Archana Patel does a truly fine and natural job as Sejal. Suruchi Aulakh makes her presence felt as Purva. Sukant Goel performs very ably as the bank manager. Abhishek Yadav (as Arshad), Bhupesh Pandya (as doctor) and Tarun Gahlot (as the guy in the car) are adequate. Others do as desired.

Dibakar Banerjee’s direction is weak. Like the script, even the narration fails to make an impact on the viewers. Not just the masses but even the classes will not find the narrative good enough. Music (Anu Malik; additional music by Narendra Chandra) is quite alright but the songs are not popular enough. The ‘Faraar’ song is very well-tuned. Lyrics (Dibakar Banerjee, Anu Malik, Narendra Chandra, Pardhaan, Sangeeta Chandra and Kamlesh Haripuri) are in synch with the mood of the film. Vaibhavi Merchant’s choreography of the ‘Faraar’ song is impressive. Dibakar Banerjee’s background music is ordinary. Anil Mehta’s cinematography is of a good standard. Parvez Khan’s action and stunt scenes are functional. Production designing (Aparna Sud and Garima Mathur) is nice. Editing (Bakul Baljeet Matiyani; additional editing by Paramita Ghosh) leaves something to be desired.

On the whole, Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar is a flop film which will meet with a disastrous fate at the ticket windows.

Released on 19-3-’21 at Inox (daily 4 shows) and other cinemas of Bombay thru Yash Raj Film Distributors. Publicity & opening: poor. …….Also released all over. Opening was terrible everywhere.