This is a movie based on Sarat Chandra Chattopadya's novel of the same name. It stars Saif Ali Khan and Vidya Balan. I really enjoyed the movie. The story is excellent and the screenplay is good. The acting, especially by Saif Ali Khan and Vidya Balan is just brilliant.
The story is set in 1962 in Calcutta and all the dramatis personae are well-to-do Bengalis. This has given the filmmakers the opportunity to indulge in some really cool goodlooking retro sets and dresses. This has been done without the kind of ostentation displayed in other movies like Devdas. In all, the effect is very good.
The story revolves around Navin (Saif) and Lolita(Vidya), two childhood friends and neighbours. Saif is the son of a rich businessman and Lolita an orphan, who lives next door. The script emphasises crisp writing over long speeches and is really effective. All the characters are well fleshed out and well acted, so one is really taken into the movie.
This has to be Saif Ali Khan's best performance. Vidya Balan is pitch perfect playing Lolita. She has expressive eyes that she uses to good effect. I hope that she gets to do more roles that do her justice.
The rest of the cast is quite adequate with Sanjay Dutt playing a decent role for a change.