A very, very different movie from your run of the mill Bengali commercial cinema. Subhasree and Ritwick bring to life the old Bengali para, and the unsaid, but heartfelt romances of school. While the ending is convenient, and slightly filmy, the rest of the film warms your heart. It is the journey of Mehul, a happy-go-lucky school girl, madly in love with her Babai dada.. who, during the course of the film, metamorphoses into a calm young woman, shouldering responsibilities of not only her own family, but the family that she loves deeply. If this film was made by Raj Chakraborty to showcase Subhasree's many talents, then he succeeds wonderfully. Subhasree shoulders the entire film, playing the carefree school girl and the poised working woman with elan.
The film is not perfect in parts, but it has a lot of heart. It deals with adolescence, crushed hopes, mismatches and missed matches, and the journeys of life. It deals with memories, with the true meaning of love and commitment, tragedies and the meaning of being married. A film which sheds the trappings of the modern world to look deeply into human feelings, and the need to hold on to something and someone that you love.
Watch Parineeta, if only to remember your own crushes, your first love, and to understand what love could mean to some.