Madhuri Dixit-starrer 'Parinda' on Tuesday completed 31 years today and still justifies its tagline, which read, "the most powerful film ever made."
Madhuri Dixit Nene took to her social media to reminisce the movie that gave her a chance to ace a death scene for the first time on silver screen.
"Playing 'Paro' in 'Parinda' was a thrilling experience. The tagline of the film rightly justifies it the most powerful film ever made. I also did a death scene for the first time. Wonderful memories with the amazing cast and crew makes this one very special," the 53-year-old actor posted.
Parinda, a critically acclaimed hit, was one of the first realist movies that hit the screens of the otherwise colourful cinema. Directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Parinda bagged two National awards and five Filmfare Awards, and was India's Official Selection for the 1990 Academy Awards for best foreign film.
Vidhu Chopra, better known as the brains behind 2003 hit 'Munna Bhai MBBS' and coming of age comedy drama '3 idiots' during an interview with PTI in 2019, described his 1989 project as movie speaking reality. The Rs 12-lakh production, starring Madhuri Dixit, Jackie Shroff, Nana Patekar and Anil Kapoor revolved around the darkness of life in Mumbai and a bond between two brothers.
“There were hiccups galore. Try making a film in Rs 12 lakh... The journey of 'Parinda' has been full of memories but the most conspicuous memory would be how we brought together the entire film in a mere budget of 12 lakh. From locations to costumes, everything was kept as close to reality as possible to save money and yet no compromise at any level. Thus our biggest handicap became our biggest asset, because we ended up making a really authentic film," Chopra said.
The director-turned-producer made his Hollywood debut with 'Broken Horses' in 2015 starring Anton Yelchin, Chris Marquette and Vincent D''Onofrio, which was inspired by 'Parinda'.
"I came from Kashmir where I had grown up with mountains, snow peaks and beautiful lakes. And suddenly I saw traffic and gangsters and goons. For me, that was fascinating. And I wanted to capture that Bombay, said Chopra, adding, "One of my assistants, Yogesh, was from Bombay who, for almost a year, kept scouting locations for us. I still remember the first time I saw Marine Drive. I was 17 or 18 and I was fascinated by the sight of so many cars existing in one place. There was no train in Kashmir, so for me, even trains were fascinating. Parinda is really a vision of a villager from Kashmir and his perception of this megacity."