Meri Pyaari Bindu is the second film (the first being Dum Laga Ke Haisha) Maneesh Sharma produces for Yash Raj Films. The film also brings back Parineeti Chopra and Ayushmann Khurrana, two actors who have been missing from the big screen for a while now. Akshay Roy, who was supposed to make his debut a couple of years back with the Dharma-Balaji co-production 'Badtameez Dil' is at the helm of direction here. Abhimanyu Roy (Ayushmann Khurrana) is a novelist who specialises in horror stories laced with a generous dose of sexual content. Abhimanyu's publisher urges him to try his hand at romance as that is what a lot of readers want to read these days. Abhimanyu seeks inspiration from his own life to flesh out a romantic story. His mind harps back to his childhood when a pretty Tamilian girl had shifted into his neighbourhood in Kolkata. The sassy, fiery Bindu (Parineeti Chopra) and Abhimanyu forged up a friendship that lasted for several years, until that one day when they walked separate ways.
Bindu reminds you of the wild, spunky, spirited characters Parineeti has played in a couple of her films. She could have also been a distant cousin of Geet (Kareena Kapoor Khan in Jab We Met), Akira (Anushka Sharma in Jab Tak Hai Jaan) or Harpreet/Happy (Diana Penty in Happy Bhag Jayegi. Yet, it is a well-fleshed out character and has strong, individualistic traits that help one distinguish it from the aforementioned characters. Despite the title bearing the name of Parineeti's character, Ayushmann gets an equally well-written character to boot. So, the onus lies on the shoulder of these two characters and the actors who breathe life into them to bring out some spark in a film that does not really boast of a great screenplay. The screenplay, written by Suprotim Sengupta, largely revolves around the dynamics shared between Bindu and Abhimanyu and the effect that Bindu's actions have on Abhimanyu's life. While the plot is largely predictable, the warm chemistry between the lead pair and several heart-warming moments that emerge out of the equation they share keep you smiling throughout most of the film. Without giving away too much ending, one would like to say that it is unconventional and something which, unlike most of the scenes in the film, one did not see coming. It left me with a tear in my eye and a smile on my lips.
It would not be an exaggeration to say that Akshay Roy's direction takes the screenplay several notches higher. He makes a confident debut as a director and executes the written material rather well. One of the things that keep you interested in the film is the way the past and present day events have been juxtaposed into each other. The film cuts across different timelines and the editor (Shweta Venkat Mathew) skilfully brings out a certain energy while stitching the scenes together. The dialogues (Suprotim Sengupta and Soumik Sen) are simple and charming. Sachin-Jigar deliver a fantastic soundtrack. Out of all the songs, "Maana Ke Hum Yaar Nahin" leaves the maximum impact as it arrives at just the right time in one of the most crucial sequences in the film.
Playing Bindu would have been quite a cakewalk for Parineeti Chopra as she has donned similar characters before. The freshness and zest she brings to her character deserves praise. Leaving aside that one song in 'Dishoom', this is her first 'post-makeover' film. While her styling and overall appearance is impressive, watch out for the climax sequence where she looks ethereal. Ayushmann Khurrana's character is not as lightweight as it looked in the promos. In fact, it is as important to the film as Bindu's. Just like Parineeti seems to be getting typecast in a certain kind of roles, Ayushmann, too, seems to be offered the understated, mild, lover boy kind of roles over and over again. The film has a host of interesting performances including a cameo by stand-up comedian Abish Mathew. Rajatava Dutta and Aparajita Auddy are adorable as Abhimanyu's overbearing but caring parents.
Meri Pyaari Bindu serves up a good dose of nostalgia and bittersweet moments that a lot of people would relate to. The screenplay leaves a lot to be desired but the film gives you enough reasons to smile.