Parineeta manages somehow to be both incredibly over-the-top dramatic in a Devdas-y way (not my original thought, by the way) but also all tied up in a shiny bow at the end. I like ending shiny bows very, very much, but I do not care for the level of drama of Devdas and similar stories. I have a really hard time, despite trying, not saying, "If you don't love her, then just don't marry her. If you do love some other person, just go marry her. Done and done!" I like some romantic tensions and a hurdle or two to a relationship, but clearly no one will turn to me to conjure up Bollywood-worthy screenplays. The shiny bow here also came on quite suddenly, even for Bollywood, so it felt a little superficial. Although, now that I think about it harder, I guess the components of the bow were there all along and just depended on information being revealed to enable them to do their job. It's like Khushi's Karan said: if people would just talk about their emotions, these things wouldn't happen.
But that's all fine, because I got a big shiny bow and was left feeling relatively satisfied, if surprised. This is my first experience with Sanjay Dutt and I thought he was fine, although it seems to me his voice doesn't really match his size and apperearance (not his fault, obviously), so that was a bit jarring, and I never again want to see him pretend to play the saxophone.
Aside to whomever made the DVD I have: this was crap. The subtitles were always white, meaning that they were quite often hard to read. The song sequences were incredibliy pixelated and lurched all around, really destroying the effect of camera sweeps, Saif's piano pounding, and Rekha's booty-shaking.
Aside to whomever is responsible for Rekha's number: I wish I had seen this more clearly, because it just had to have been fun. But aforementioned problems meant I didn't really get a sense of it. What a pity. That song is stuck in my head though, so well done.
Aside to props person: as a person who loves to make stuff, I was tickled to see a love scene that made use of a granny-square afghan. You have turned the world of bad craft-store yarn projects and unappreciated hand-made holiday gifts on its head. Ugly yet steamy. Bravo! Bravo indeed!