Parineeta The Married Woman is a 2005 Indian musical romantic drama film adaptation of the 1914 Bengali novella, Parineeta by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. Directed by debutant Pradeep Sarkar, it was based upon a screenplay by the films producer, Vidhu Vinod Chopra. The film featured Vidya Balan In her Bollywood Debut, Saif Ali Khan and Sanjay Dutt in the lead roles. Raima Sen plays supporting role of Lalitas chirpy cousin. Sabyasachi Chakrabarty plays the pivotal role of Shekhars father. Diya Mirza, with a cameo appearance as Shekhars fianc and Rekha, with a cameo performance of a night club Moulin Rouge singer, are other notable performances.
The film places the story in Kolkata. As the credits roll, scenes from erstwhile Calcutta are displayed along with the narrators Amitabh Bachchan introduction of the era. The narration focuses on the night of the marriage of Shekhar and Gayatri Tantiya, a rich industrialists daughter. The audience is introduced to Navin Rai as Shekhars father while we see Shekhar readying himself for the occasion. While he is doing so, images of Lalita calling him by his name flash through his mind. Downstairs, musical celebrations begin as Shekhar meets Vasundhara, a widow from his neighbourhood, who is thankful to her soninlaw, Girish Sanjay Dutt, for supporting their family after the death of her husband, Gurcharan. Lalita, who is present there, playfully confronts Shekhar as to why he is being indifferent to her. Shekhar admonishes her for speaking so in spite of being married.An angry Shekhar comes back home to play a favourite tune from the past on his piano. The flashback shows a young Shekhar playing Rabindranath Tagores tune on his piano while young Lalita and Koel are around. Lalita, with her parents having died in a car accident, lives with Gurcharans family with Koel as her cousin whereas Charu is her neighbour. As this scene flashes across Shekhars mind, he sings a song full of sadness and loss. As time flies, they grow up to become close friends. The rebellious and musically inclined Shekhar spends his days playing the music of Rabindranath Tagore or Elvis Presley and composing his own songs with Lalita rather than becoming part of his shrewd fathers world of profit and business. Part of this rebellion involves resistance to meeting Gayatri Tantiya, the beautiful but devious daughter of a wealthy industrialist, whom his father would like Shekhar to marry into. Meanwhile, Girish, a steel tycoon from London, makes a dramatic entry into Charus house. Girish seems smitten by Lalita while Koel is by Girish. Shekhar is visibly jealous of Lalitas close friendship with Girish