From Parineeta, Laaga Chunari Mein Daag to Helicopter Eela: A look at Pradeep Sarkar's films

Late filmmaker Pradeep Sarkar had directed several movies from Parineeta, and Laaga Chunari Mein Daag to Helicopter Eela. Here's a

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Parineeta is a 2005 musical romance film adaptation of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's 1914 Bengali novel of the same name. This was Pradeep Sarkar's first directorial based upon a screenplay by the film's producer, Vidhu Vinod Chopra. The film stars Vidya Balan, Saif Ali Khan, Sanjay Dutt, Raima Sen, Sabyasachi Chakrabarty and Dia Mirza.

Pradeep Sarkar in an interview with in 2007 had said about Parineeta, "In my films, the place where people stay also becomes a character, the place is like a moving factor which helps to carry forward the story. I shot Parineeta in Kolkata because I knew the place inside out."

Laaga Chunari Mein Daag is a 2007 drama film directed by Pradeep Sarkar and produced by Aditya Chopra. It stars Jaya Bachchan, Rani Mukerji, Konkona Sen Sharma, Anupam Kher, Kunal Kapoor and Abhishek Bachchan. 


Speaking with in 2007 Pradeep Sarkar had spoken about Laaga Chunari Mein Daag. He had said, "I shot Laaga Chunari Main Daag in Benaras because I had shot 7-8 music videos there. The local people, the food, the small-small lanes, animals add a lot to the movie. Moreover if you don't take your actors to a real location, it looks like they are acting in limbo. In an air conditioned studio they may not emote well."

Lafangey Parindey is a 2010 romantic drama film directed by Pradeep Sarkar and produced by Aditya Chopra. The film features Neil Nitin Mukesh and Deepika Padukone in the lead roles. The story of the film is partially inspired from the 1978 American film, Ice Castles and the 1999 Tamil film, Thulladha Manamum Thullum.