Directed by: Akshay Roy
Produced by: Aditya Chopra and Maneesh Sharma
Written by: Suprotim Sengupta
Starring: Ayushmann Khurrana and Parineeti Chopra
Music by: Sachin–Jigar
Cinematography: Tushar Kanti Ray
Edited by: Shweta Venkat Mathew
Production company: Yash Raj Films
Distributed by: Yash Raj Films
Release date: 12 May 2017
Story line: Fed up with the lack of critical appreciation despite being a successful writer, Abhimanyu Roy (Ayushmann Khurrana) returns to his roots in Kolkata to write more meaningful literature and decides on an old-fashioned love story – which was now, 3 years in the making.
This writers block is called Bindu (Parineeti Chopra). How do you contain this unpredictable, crazy, restless, larger than life, live wire in the pages of a book?
As Abhi says ”You know when a song comes on and you just have to dance? Bindu was that song. That silly infectious joyful tune you couldn’t get out of your head – even if you wanted to.” So where should he begin? Where should he end? But when Abhi stumbles across an old audio cassette of their favorite playlist, it sends Abhi down memory lane – and as he waltzes in and out of his past and present through the songs in the mixed tape, he finally faces reality and reconnects with his roots, with his family and his novel starts writing itself.
Of course, life in its usual scheming manner surprises him yet again and changes the ending of his book and his life, as he once again finds himself being pulled back into the center of that crazy little thing called love.
He realizes, that love, is neither time- nor place-dependent. – All we need is the right person next to us and of course the right soundtrack.
Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director: Akshay joined St.Stephens College, Delhi where he studied English Honours. It was here that he got fully drawn into theatre in the college’s Shakespeare Society and performed in and directed various plays like The Merchant of Venice, The Tempest, The Glass Menagerie and In Camera among others.
Post St.Stephens, Akshay joined the Mass Communication Research Centre (MCRC), Jamia for a 2 year MA in Mass Communication course, where he studied filmmaking.
Coming to Mumbai after that, he worked as an Assistant Director with Farhan Akhtar on ‘Lakshya’, Mira Nair on ‘The Namesake’ and ‘Vanity Fair’, Deepa Mehta on ‘Water’, Paul Greengrass on ‘The Bourne Supremacy’ and John Hay on a BBC film.
He has directed several short films including ‘A Shoe Story’, ‘All is Well’, ‘The Last Dance’ and ‘The Finish Line’ that have showcased in various International Film Festivals (the Montreal World Film Festival, the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, the Indo American Arts Council Festival in New York, the Independent South Asian Film Festival in Seattle, the Bollywood and Beyond festival in Stuttgart and the Kerala, Mumbai and Pune International Film Festivals. His short films have also won various awards including the Best Film at the Orion Film Festival, the 0110 British Council Film Festival and the French Embassy awards.
In 2011, he won a National Award for his short film ‘The Finish Line’.
Akshay’s short foray into advertising, directing the Dove ‘Inner Radiance’ film for Ogilvy, won him a silver at the Hero Awards.
My Gut Feel and comments:
Memory is more than a dustbin of time, stuffed with yesterday’s trash. Rather, memory is a glorious grab bag of the past from which one can at leisure pluck bittersweet experiences of times gone by and relive them.
Above seems true in the case of the story line of Meri Pyaari Bindu where Ayushmann Khurrana relive the memories of his time spend with Parineeti Chopra. Star cast is interesting, the story line is good and narration seems impressive in the case of Meri Pyaari Bindu. On top of it, although this is the directorial debut of Akshay Roy as far as full length commercial cinema is concerned, however ,he seems to put his best foot forward and came up with light hearted sweet love story of today’s time.
Parineeti is coming on screen after a long time since she did Kill Dil in 2014. She seems to be all guns blazing and looking stunning. Ayushmann Khurrana is a natural actor and seems have done justice to the role.
Going with my gut feeling I am giving Meri Pyaari Bindu, 3 stars out of 5, two days before the release.