Parineeta (2005)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 10 mins

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Circa 1962 in Calcutta, India, live three neighboring families in a upper middle-class area. Gurcharan lives in a palatial home (Haveli) with his wife, and two beautiful daughters, Lolita and Koyal. He is retired, unable to find suitable work and must live off of his savings, ends up mortgaging his house with his neighbor, Navinchandra Roy, and hopes to get his daughters married within his means; there is Charu Sharma, who lives with her brother and sister-in-law, who has a wealthy brother, Girish, who lives in Britain. And finally there are the Roys - Navinchandra, a hard-nosed businessman, who will never undertake anything unless there is a high level of profit for him, his son, Shekhar, who he hopes to groom after himself, and his quiet, devout wife. Navin realizes Gurcharan's plight and offers Lolita a job at his office in order to enable the family to survive. Shekhar and Lolita are attracted to each other, but Navin does not approve of this, as he wants Shekhar to get married to Gayetri Tatya, the daughter of his wealthy business associate. Then chaos descends on these families when Girish returns home, is attracted to Lolita and would like to marry her; Lolita finds out that Navin is bent on recovering his loan by evicting her family to a filthy go-down until they can find other means, and intends to build a five star hotel. Lolita must now act quickly to get her father to return the loan amount to Navin. But how will Gurcharan get 1.50 lakhs in so short a time? It does look like his family is destined to be evicted and face a life of destitution. How will Shekhar and Lolita's love story pan out?
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Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Vidya Balan

Crew: Pradeep Sarkar (Director), Natarajan Subramaniam (Director of Photography), Shantanu Moitra (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Drama, Musical, Romance

Release Dates: 10 Jun 2005 (India)

Hindi Name: परिणीता

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Did you know? At a special preview of this film Amitabh Bachchan asked to provide narration for the film, saying it reminded him of his time as a struggling actor in Calcutta.. Read More
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as Shekhar Roy
as Lolita
as Gurcharan
as Narrator
as Shyam Lal Tantiya
as Maid in Gurucharan's house
as Gayetri Tatya
as Sir William Eckhardt
as Jothika
as Chatterjee
as Siddhart Tantiya
Supporting Actor
as Vasundhara
as Wedding Singer
as Raghu Kaka
as Begger
as Ajit
as Mishra ji
as Koel
as Ratan
as Nimai
as Moulin Rouge singer
as Mausi
as Teenage Shekhar
as Junior Lolita
as Navinchandra Roy
as Girish Sharma
as Charu
as Charu Sharma
as Bishwadeep
as Sunita
as Rajeshwari
as Doctor Mitra
as Teenage Lolita
as Kaleidoscope Vendor
as Junior Shekhar


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Music Label: Tips Music
Music Director: Shantanu Moitra
Lyricist: Swanand Kirkire
Music Director: Shantanu Moitra
Lyricist: Swanand Kirkire
Music Director: Shantanu Moitra
Lyricist: Swanand Kirkire
Playback Singer: Sunidhi Chauhan
Music Director: Shantanu Moitra
Lyricist: Swanand Kirkire
Playback Singer: KS Chithra, Swanand Kirkire
Music Director: Shantanu Moitra
Lyricist: Swanand Kirkire
Playback Singer: Rita Ganguly
Lolita's aunt is shown working in a scene on a USHA sewing machine. The film is set in 1960s. The model of the sewing machine is not made in the '60s.

The first Elvis record disk they show in the film towards the beginning shows Elvis in his White diamond-studded suit and bloated look. This was how Elvis looked in the 1970s. The film is set in 1962.

The movie features ads for Saridon, an analgesic and a "headache specialist". (The company making Saridon, Boots Piramal Healtcare Pvt Ltd, was one of the sponsors of the movie.) Saridon was launched in India in 1969. The movie is set in 1962.

The guitar that Shekhar plays in this movie was not made in 1962 (when the movie is set). The first synthetic roundbacks, introduced by Ovation, weren't in production until 1966, and the particular model seen in the film was brought in much later than that.

When Parineeta learns about Hotel Heritage, she is seen walking. Old cars are shown but there also Ambassador Mark 4. This model was launched in 1979.
The train Shekhar Rai is riding during the song "Kasto Mazza" is the same one his mother, Sharmila Tagore, was riding in the film Aradhana.

At a special preview of this film Amitabh Bachchan asked to provide narration for the film, saying it reminded him of his time as a struggling actor in Calcutta..

This movie was originally shot in a modern setting; however, the cast and crew felt that it did not work well at all, so it was pushed back to a 1960s setting.

Vidhu Vinod Chopra was initially not too pleased with the casting of Saif Ali Khan as Shekhar, thinking he was not strong enough as an actor. However, after going ahead with Saif at Pradeep Sarkar's insistence, Chopra realized that he was the perfect choice.

Vidya Balan was not the first choice for the role of Lolita. Vidhu Vinod Chopra was hoping for an established actress such as Aishwarya Rai Bachchan or Rani Mukerji. Vidya screen tested for the role of six months before Chopra was thoroughly convinced.