Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar: Parineeti Chopra and Dibakar Banerjee dissect the ‘bank manager scene’

Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar is a 2021 Indian Hindi-language black comedy film directed and produced by Dibakar Banerjee with distribution by Yash Raj Films. Parineeti Chopra and Arjun Kapoor play lead roles. The filming began on 7 November 2017 in Mahipalpur.
Release date: 19 March 2021 (India)
Director: Dibakar Banerjee
Screenplay: Dibakar Banerjee, Varun Grover
Music director: Dibakar Banerjee, Anu Malik, Narendra Chandra

Following the ongoing pandemic, Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar’s film got a new lease on life when it was made available on Amazon Prime Video. Director Dibakar Banerjee and actress Parineeti Chopra spoke to indianexpress.com about the representation of traditional gender roles in the film and how it offers a fresh approach.

the fusion of Sandeep and Pinky As the film introduces its characters – Pinky, played by Parineeti Chopra, and Sandeep, played by Arjun Kapoor – it does so while challenging gender stereotypes. A pregnant Sandeep finds herself trapped in the cabin of the bank manager as she looks for an exit. If you’ve seen the film, you’ll be surprised to find out that this scene makes a big change in Sandeep’s storyline. During his discussions with co-writer Varun Grover, director and co-writer Banerjee mentioned that, while they knew they wanted Parivartan Bank to rape Sandy, they did not know how to get there exactly.

According to Banerjee, this concept came about from there, where they conceptualised the bank manager as a representation of power and control. He has this power over her, which is the power of money, finance, and patriarchy. The things we write from the deepest part of our consciences can terrify us. “We knew it was going to be a bit scary, so we went.”

One of the actors, Parineeti, pointed out that the character of the bank manager is a man, and this scene is possible because of that. She admitted, “It’s only possible because I’m the girl and he is the boy.” Once Sandeep made the deal with the bank manager, he was able to convince her to allow him to hack into the system. It completely changes when he tries to rape her. Arjun and I would have warned the bank manager if he had done it, or I was a man, and he wouldn’t have done it. The fact that the storey would not have worked if the character doing the hacking was male, or the bank manager was female, implies that this scene must have been written by a man. According to Parineeti, if the bank manager were a girl, and I were, we would have had a cup of tea, hacked the system, and moved on.

She described inherent patriarchy, which is the accepted way of things in our society. This inherent patriarchy is present throughout India in Arjun, my characters, and Raghubir Yadav, and Neena Ma’am’s characters. And to that end, she concluded, “A woman is what she does, and a man is what he does, and the roles cannot be reversed.

My pride in this film stems from the fact that ‘I can’t do something because I am a woman and only a man can do that’ is accepted in India. Sometimes, a film does not turn out as expected, but the film’s impact was what we had hoped for. “I’m on top of the world,” she exclaimed. “We have achieved what we set out to.”