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Parinda marked the beginning of a trend
Gaurav Sharma | August 27, 2003 16:11 IST
Every decade is marked by a couple of films that define the trend for the coming years.
Parinda was one such film. Released in 1989, this movie made a realistic statement on the underworld even as it stayed within the commercial format. The nineties saw many movies along the same lines like Satya, Company, Ghulam, Kabhi Na Kabhi.
The story revolves around four characters: brothers Kishen (Jackie Shroff) and Karan (Anil Kapoor), Karan's love interest Paro (Madhuri Dixit) and Kishen's boss Anna (Nana Patekar), who plays an underworld don.
Karan becomes a member of Anna's gang to seek revenge for Prakash's murder. After that, their lives are never normal again.
Nana's role made him extremely popular with the masses. Anna's stoic way of handling crises, his matter-of-fact manner of speaking and his indifference towards human emotions and relations enthralled the audience.
But the actor who takes the cake is Jackie Shroff. His role as Kishen is arguably the best of his career till date. His frustration, anger and helplessness onscreen were a pleasure to watch. Both Nana and Jackie were deservingly awarded the Filmfare Award for this film.
Technically, the movie was leagues ahead of its times. Chopra's extensive homework showed in the way he took long shots with utmost perfection.
The film's climax was shot at the Gateway of India (where the second of the twin bomb blasts in South Mumbai took place on August 25) on New Year's Eve.
Anna's bungalow bore a gloomy look, and Chopra's hunt to find a suitable such house is well known. The camerawork in this film is amongst the best in the country. And why not? He had cinematographer Binod Pradhan on his team.
The close-ups of regular objects are another feature of Chopra's films, be it the beer poured into glasses, glucose tubes, telephones, door locks or the flame of a cigarette lighter.
The music for the film was composed by Rahul Dev Burman. The track Tumse milke aisa laga continues to remain one of the more popular romantic numbers. Another soothing number is the Asha Bhosle and Suresh Wadkar duet, Pyar ke mod par.
The background score also lifts the tension in the scenes and gives a sophisticated appeal to the movie, unlike the loud screeches of the other potboilers of the time.
Overall, Parinda is an experience that stays with you long after you have seen the movie.
* Anna's fear of fire was portrayed well with the help of apt background shouts. Watch Nana's face when he cries and beats his head at the sight of fire.
* The three men from Anna's gang who kill Prakash belong to three different religions: Abdul (Muslim), Francis (Christian) and Shetty (Hindu).
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