The film has a major flaw and that dilutes the impact to an extent: Casting Neil Nitin Mukesh as a tapori. He is good but he could have been better. He is restrained and real when he displays all of Nandu’s emotions through his eyes. His performance is nuanced and he gives his character more shades and feelings that perhaps even the writer intended. He is intense and has a high cute quotient. But at times, Neil feels expressionless and one wishes he would emoted more so that his character could connect with the audiences better. He is supposed to look tough, emote less, look awkward while dancing and generally be wooden in his appearance. He approaches his part earnestly, and throws himself into the film's bloody fight scenes with as much intensity as he can muster. The problem, unfortunately, is that he appears and sounds too clean-cut to come off as a convincing sadak chaap. And although his inner conflict with his biggest regrets and fight to achieve redemption is although beautifully portrayed by him but the actor falls short of getting into the skin of his character. His stylish clothes, neat and clean accent and fairer than fair complexion, unfortunately fail him. But eventually Irrespective of whether it’s deliberate or just something that comes naturally to him, Neil fits the character of Nandu to the ‘T’. And a smacking pat on the back for Neil Nitin Mukesh, who not just looks a heartthrob even when beaten up black and blue, but overall also acts well.
From Rani Mukherjee to Kajol, many actresses have enacted the role of a blind character on screen and thus Deepika has a tough job when it comes to winning the hearts of audiences with the character of Pinky. And Deepika is extremely successful in accomplishing this task as she connects with the audience and naturally flows into the character of Pinky. She brings a certain sense of innocence to Pinky Palkar, who is a firebrand otherwise. She doesn’t want you to sympathize with her blindness, and you don’t. As a blind girl who loathes any kind of sympathy coming her way, she is superb. She succeeds in cobbling together a performance using mostly her eyes and her body language, and she pulls off the street-speak without too many hiccups either. She looks walks and talks like a perfect Mumbaichi Marathi Mulgi. Her realistic portrayal of the character and strong command on her dialogues containing rustic language, bring life to the character. By far, Lafangey Parindey is Deepika's best work thus far.
Deepika surely overshadows Neil but together these two come across as a good pair in the film. Neither of the two is a finished article yet but they are getting there. Lafangey Parindey offers a canvas that allows them to use just the right colours and moods. The duo does a fine job. It’s only the leading stars of Lafangey Parindey that make the movie watchable. Else Pradeep Sarkar had left no kasar in lulling the audiences to sleep.
3 / 5