Parinda (1989)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 35 mins

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Chopra’s biggest mainstream movie, known mainly for his thrillers (Sazaaye Maut, 1981; Khamosh, 1985) and the famous Pepsi commercial announcing the multinational’s entry into India. A spectacular, lyrical opening introduces the viewer to Bombay in this postmodern variation of the Hindi crime movie. With low-angle tracking shots and swiftly changing volumes in the image, the film tells of a mentally unbalanced villain, Anna (Patekar) and his henchman Kishen (Shroff) who supports his innocent brother Karan (Kapoor). Karan is used as a bait to trap the cop (Kher) and is eventually killed on his wedding night. Elder brother Kishen, until then divided between his responsibilities to his brother and to Anna, finally turns against his employer and sets him on fire. The film flopped but was critically acclaimed for its soundtrack, its use of CinemaScope and for Patekar’s streetwise performance.

Cast: Madhuri Dixit, Nana Patekar

Crew: Vidhu Vinod Chopra (Director), Binod Pradhan (Director of Photography), Rahul Dev Burman (Music Director)

Rating: A (India)

Genres: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance

Release Dates: 03 Nov 1989 (India)

Tagline: The Most Powerful Film Ever Made

Hindi Name: परिंदा

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as Paro
as Anna
as Inspector Meerani
as Traffic Cop
as Karan
as Inspector Prakash
as Man on bike
as Anna's Driver
as Shradh Priest
as Inspector Chauhan
as Dara
as Kishen
as Rama
as Anna's Man
as Iqbal
as Abdul Khan
as Musa
as Corpse


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Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.39:1 (Scope)
The Most Powerful Film Ever Made
Movie Connection(s):
Remade as: Broken Horses (English)
Featured in: Eklavya (Hindi)
Quite a bit of Bombay's underworld slang is borrowed from the film's dialogue.

The film broke many taboos at the time of its release. It was shot in a realistically, with only two songs and an open ending. This influenced a whole generation of filmmakers - most notably Ram Gopal Varma and Mahesh Manjrekar, who made two acclaimed underworld films in their own right - Satya (1998) and Vaastav: The Reality (1999).

Director Vidhu Vinod Chopra held rehearsals before shooting began - something unheard of at the time.

Kishan's role was originally authored for Amitabh Bachchan.

The movie was initially titled Kabutarkhana.

Filming took place over a period of three years.