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The 2005 film Parineeta transports viewers to a magical time in history when love grows despite social pressures and personal sacrifices. This well-known Bengali novel of the same name by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay was adapted into a Hindi movie under the direction of Pradeep Sarkar. Parineeta is regarded as a classic work of Indian film thanks to its outstanding cast, vivid plot, and heartfelt soundtrack.

Parineeta creates a striking image of a firm Lalita whose unshakable love for Shekhar endures the test of time and misfortune. Lalita is portrayed by Vidya Balan with depth, grace, and strength, making her an ideal child for tenacity and inner strength. Saif Ali Khan's subtle portrayal of Shekhar hits the ideal balance between sensitivity and confused emotions, leaving viewers with a deep impression.

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Directed by

Pradeep Sarkar

Produced by

Vidhu Vinod Chopra

Screenplay by

Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Pradeep Sarkar, Arnav Chakravarti

Based on 

Parineeta by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay


Vidya Balan, Saif Ali Khan, Sanjay Dutt, Raima Sen, Diya Mirza, Sabyasachi Chakrabarty


Natarajan Subramaniam

Edited by

Hemanti Sarkar

Nitish Sharma

Music by 

Shantanu Moitra                    

Distributed by

Vinod Chopra Productions

UTV Motion Pictures (International)

Release date


10 June 2005





Box office 

₹32.63 crore


The lives of Lalita, Shekhar, and Girish are the focus of the 2005 film Parineeta's story, which is set in 1960s Kolkata. Young Lalita, who is brilliant and enthusiastic, was raised by her uncle and aunt and now resides with them. Shekhar, who lives next door and was a childhood friend, is deeply liked by Lalita.

Gayatri is a stunning and contemporary woman who is engaged to Shekhar, a wealthy family's native son. Lalita is in love with Shekhar, but Shekhar is unaware of it. When her uncle tells Lalita that they are facing severe financial difficulties and must sell their family home, it completely rocks her world.

Girish, a generous and gentle guy who has long secretly liked Lalita, makes a marriage proposal to her and offers to help with her family's financial difficulties. Lalita consents to marry Girish because she feels obliged and is eager to keep her house. Navin Rai, Shekhar's father, learns about Lalita's situation and offers to buy the house to stop her from getting married to Girish.

Shekhar starts to doubt his feelings for Lalita and the expectations of society as he learns about her nearing marriage. Shekhar sets out on a self-discovery journey because he is torn between the demands of his family and society and his love for Lalita.

When Shekhar's father develops a serious illness, the plot takes a dramatic turn, forcing Shekhar to examine his own goals and objectives. Lalita experiences emotional difficulty as a result of her conflicted commitment to Girish and her unresolved affections for Shekhar.

Lalita and Shekhar's love for one another endures despite these complex relationships, misunderstandings, and unsaid feelings. Lalita's determination,  and undying love for Shekhar are put to the test as the drama reaches its peak, ultimately leading to a resolution that reveals the true nature of their relationship.


On June 10, 2005, Parineeta was released, enthralling viewers with its gripping story and captivating performances. This Hindi-language film, which was directed by Pradeep Sarkar, created a name for itself as a notable release of the year and left a lasting impression on both critics and spectators. As a remake of the well-known Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay Bengali novel of the same name, the movie's premiere was the subject of much discussion and anticipation. The film adaptation of this cherished tale was eagerly anticipated by readers of the literature and movie buffs.

The movie was released in the United States on January 6, 2006, and in UK and Australia on June 10, 2005


Parineeta-review-tringParineeta is essentially a story about how love can overcome social obstacles. Class distinctions, familial dynamics, and the ability of real love to transcend hurdles are all topics that the movie deftly explores. It explores the intricacies of relationships and emphasizes the sacrifices required for happiness.

Masterful direction by Pradeep Sarkar shows off his talent for getting moving performances from the actors and giving the movie an undeniable emotional depth. Rekha Nigam's screenplay expertly adapts the original work, preserving its spirit and giving it a cinematic twist.

One notable feature of Parineeta is Shantanu Moitra's music score. Each song has a soul-stirring melody that touches the listener's heart, perfectly balancing the story's rich emotional range. Songs like Piyu Bole and Kaisi Paheli Zindagani have become timeless classics, and the movie is made even more magical by their presence.



Character Analysis

Lalita, the central figure in Parineeta, is a symbol of power, determination, and unshakable love. Lalita is brought to life in Vidya Balan's debut performance with the ideal balance of grace and tenacity. Lalita's development from a helpless young girl to a strong woman who overcomes several obstacles with steadfast will is eloquently depicted in her portrayal. Lalita's personality is a monument to the strength of love and one's convictions.Parineeta-character-analysis-tring

Saif Ali Khan portrays the complicated and tormented character of Shekhar, who is divided between society's expectations and his actual impulses. Shekhar's inner pain and internal conflict as he struggles with his love for Lalita are vividly depicted in Khan's portrayal. As Shekhar confronts his own impulses and learns to make decisions based on his heart rather than on social conventions, his journey throughout the movie demonstrates his growth and transformation.

Girish plays a character who brings harmony and compassion to the narrative. He is a wealthy and charitable man. Girish is portrayed by Sanjay Dutt in such a way that conveys his real love for Lalita, which makes him a likeable and sympathetic figure. The relationships in the movie gain complexity through Girish's unwavering support and affection for Lalita despite her desires for Shekhar.

The narrative gains a little life and modernity thanks to Diya Mirza's portrayal of Gayatri. Gayatri, Shekhar's fiancée, represents a divergent personality and the shifting social mores of the time. Her presence emphasizes the conflict between tradition and modernity, deepening the character dynamics.




Piyu Bole

Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal

Kasto Mazza

Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal

Kaisi Paheli Zindagani

Sunidhi Chauhan

Soona Man Ka Aangan

Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal

Raat Hamari Toh

K. S. Chithra, Swanand Kirkire

Dhinak Dhinak Dha

Rita Ganguly

Hui Main Parineeta

Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal

Behind The Scenes 

The renowned fashion designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee was instrumental in influencing the look of the movie. His elaborate and period-correct outfits gave the characters life by expressing their personalities, social standing, and the specific cultural quirks of the time. The clothing became an essential component of the narrative, giving the richness and realism of the image.

It was Vidya Balan and her husband Siddharth Roy Kapur’s first collaboration. The subtle story by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay was skillfully adapted for the film by Rekha Nigam. The dialogues, which were written by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Pradeep Sarkar, perfectly conveyed the personalities of the characters and their interactions, giving the drama depth and realism.

Box Office Collection

The amount of revenue Parineeta made at the box office was roughly 180 million Indian Rupees. The film's successful run can be attributed to its compelling story, talented performances, and the widespread acclaim it got from both reviewers and viewers.

The film's success can also be credited to its successful marketing and promotion tactics, which produced a lot of buzz and excited viewers. Along with the film's compelling plot and evocative soundtrack, the exceptional cast's star power also contributed to its box office success. At the end of 2005, Parineeta made around Rs 170 million in India. With gross receipts of Rs. 36 million in the UK, Rs. 35 million in North America, and Rs. 15 million in the rest of the world, it was also successful abroad.






Filmfare Awards

Best Debut Actress

Vidya Balan


Filmfare Awards

Best Art Direction

Pradeep Sarkar, Tanushree Sarkar, Keshto Mandal


Filmfare Awards

Best Sound Design

Bishwadeep Chatterjee


Zee Cine Awards

Best Costume Design

Subarna Ray Chaudhuri


Apsara Award

Best Female Debut

Vidya Balan


Apsara Award

Best Debut Director

Pradeep Sarkar


Screen Awards

Best Playback Singer Female

Shreya Ghoshal


Screen Awards

Most Promising Debut Actress

Vidya Balan


Popular Award

Breakthrough Role (Actress)

Vidya Balan


National Film Awards

Best Debut Film of a Director

Pradeep Sarkar


Zoom Glam Award

Most Talked About Debut Actress

Vidya Balan


People's Choice Award

Best Female Debut

Vidya Balan


Stardust Awards

Superstar of Tomorrow - Female

Vidya Balan


Interesting Facts 

The movie Parineeta is based on Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's 1914 Bengali novel of the same name. The screenplay of the movie stayed true to the original book, capturing its spirit and complex emotions.

Parineeta marked the debut of Vidya Balan, who delivered a breakthrough performance as Lalita. Her remarkable portrayal garnered critical acclaim and established her as a talented actor in the industry.

Shantanu Moitra's soundtrack for the movie got famous. In the crowd, songs like Piyu Bole, Kasto Mazza, and Soona Man Ka Aangan struck a chord that has stuck with the public to this day.

The Cannes Film Festival was just one of the prominent international film festivals where Parineeta was screened. The movie earned favourable reviews from

reviewers and audiences around the world, which increased its notoriety internationally.

In conclusion, Parineeta is a cinematic gem that masterfully blends themes of love, sacrifice, and resiliency while illuminating a society on the verge of transformation. The movie is a monument to the eternal power of love and the unbreakable spirit of the human heart thanks to its outstanding acting, moving narrative, and captivating soundtrack.

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