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Parineeta, The Married Woman

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Parineeta, The Married Woman
The legendary Indian storyteller, Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's poetic prose comes to life in Vidhu Vinod Chopra's cinematic adaptation of Parineeta - The Married Woman. 'Parineeta', one of his most beloved novels, is a story rich with characters and ripe with emotions. It is a classic in every sense of the word - a powerful love story that resonates with eager audiences as much today as when it was first published in the early 20th century.

The film too has turned out to be a classic one, thanks to the meticulous cinematic adaptation by Vinod Chopra. The intensity and depth of relationships, the sheer passion of love and the harsh anguish of separation come alive in this film directed by Pradeep Sarkar.

A Soul-Stirring Story
The plot is set in Calcutta of 1962. A city so vibrant, so alive, so stylish, it was referred to as 'The Paris of the East.' Vidhu Vinod Chopra placed the story in this Calcutta of 1960's even though Sarat Babu's novel was placed in 1914.

This exotic backdrop serves as the perfect locale for the tender, immortal love story about to unfold. A young girl, Lolita, orphaned at an early age, is sent to live with her uncle's family, where destiny introduces her to a young boy, Shekhar, a budding musician, the son of an affluent businessman. Together, through childhood and adolescence, Shekhar and Lolita share joys and sorrows, fond memories and bittersweet experiences... and unknown to them, a relationship of deep friendship and trust takes place. It is an unspoken right they hold over each other that metamorphoses into a love so intense, they do not even see it coming.

It takes the arrival of an outsider, Girish, for them to discover their true feelings for each other. The chemistry between Lolita and Shekhar sizzles and sparkles, till it explodes. But fate has something else in store for them.

Greed, deception and malicious intent are waiting to plague Lolita and Shekhar's innocent love. Events twist and turn beyond their control, spin around them in a maze of suspicion, misunderstandings and high tempers…till even their love cannot stop them from being torn apart. In the end true love conquers these insurmountable obstacles, and Lolita and Shekhar fulfill their destiny and come back together.

A Compelling Cast
The contemporary retelling of this engaging and timeless tale rich with human emotion and universal drama, is enhanced by a brilliant musical score, and accentuated by superb performances by Sanjay Dutt, Saif Ali Khan, Raima Sen, Diya Mirza and debutante Vidya Balan in the lead role of Lolita.

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