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Posted: 06 September 2013 at 3:34am | IP Logged
Originally posted by bonnefille

Shuddh Desi Romance is getting mixed reviews. My expectations have gone down a little. 

exactly bonne...   its going to get mixed reviews...
.not on performances front...all 3 hv done it superb...   

sushant has done it...yesss...  !!!!he is just brilliant  in every frame...

pari too  does a very nice job...  vani impresses too  for a newcomer...

btw the theatre i went to was full packed...

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Shuddh Desi Romance
By Taran Adarsh, 6 Sep 2013, 15:01 hrs IST
Live-in relationships are a commonality in the West, but it still raises eyebrows in India. It's often considered taboo and spoken about disapprovingly by the orthodox in towns and also by several people living in a metropolis. SHUDDH DESI ROMANCE is, perhaps, the first Hindi film that looks at live-in relationships and pre-marital sex in the heartland [Jaipur] of India. Sure, Yash Raj did have a look at live-in relationships in SALAAM | NAMASTE, but that film, if you recall, was set in Australia.

Maneesh Sharma, who helmed the immensely likeable BAND BAAJA BAARAAT and appealing-in-parts LADIES VS RICKY BEHL, is ready to undertake an uncharted trail in his third excursion SHUDDH DESI ROMANCE. This time, he talks of love, attraction and commitment in a real space. The question is, how open-minded are we today? With SHUDDH DESI ROMANCE, Maneesh makes a heartfelt attempt to decode and decipher several issues pertaining to intricate relationships.

True to its title, SHUDDH DESI ROMANCE is indeed a shuddh [pure] take at live-in relationships involving desi characters and looks at the highs and lows that come with it. Although the spectator has, over the decades, witnessed innumerable interpretations of love and romance, Maneesh and writer Jaideep Sahni make sure they don't take a leaf out of been-there-seen-that kind of situations. Instead, they ensure that the three characters in SHUDDH DESI ROMANCE follow their hearts and don't succumb to the diktats of the society. Also, they speak an uninhibited lingo, which hasn't been spoken in Hindi films earlier. They are not rebellious, but straightforward. And that, in all honesty, is the prime reason that gives this film an edge. 

SHUDDH DESI ROMANCE is the journey of three restless young people who junk the society's syllabus for finding love and decide to follow their heart. Raghu [Sushant Singh Rajput], a tourist guide in Jaipur, wants a love in his life... Gayatri [Parineeti Chopra], a part-time instructor in an English-speaking institute, has been around the block a few times and knows the scene... Tara [Vaani Kapoor], who's dying to get out there and fly, knows what's right for her, but a little experimenting never hurt anybody, did it?... When their lives crisscross, their beliefs get challenged and their loves, tested. 

Writer Jaideep Sahni, who has penned films like BUNTY AUR BABLI, CHAK DE! INDIA, AAJA NACHLE and ROCKET SINGH: SALESMAN OF THE YEAR for Yash Raj, opts for a plot that's borrowed from slice of life. The characters in SHUDDH DESI ROMANCE mirror the mindset of several youngsters in contemporary times and how the meaning of love and commitment has undergone a complete change in the present context. The obstacles in the form of caste, religion and culture seem pass, frankly. Dating, pre-marital sex and marriage are three diverse issues, unlike earlier times, when matrimony was a beautiful culmination in a relationship... Armed with an unsullied plot and creative situations, director Maneesh Sharma breaks away from the conventional thought process and paints a picture that challenges the mindset of the conformists. 

Additionally, everything that Maneesh and Jaideep attempt to convey through their characters in SHUDDH DESI ROMANCE looks credible and relevant. The good thing is, there's no preaching or sermonizing vis--vis who's right or wrong; it's more of a dialogue with our peers. You need to change with the times and cinema needs to grow as well. This film does exactly that without belittling the traditional beliefs. More significantly, all of this is presented in an entertaining format. 

The only glitch in the otherwise smooth narrative is that the pacing slows down considerably in the second hour. Also, Vaani's stance is a little difficult to absorb. In fact, her exit -- without offering any concrete reason -- looks a bit unreal. However, all said and done, the commitment-phobic attitude of the new generation comes across very well in the narrative. 

Sachin-Jigar's soundtrack garnishes the goings-on wonderfully. The gifted composers, who have delivered musical hits in the past, live up to the faith reposed in them. 'Gulabi' and the title track are infectious compositions. The DoP captures the rustic flavor with meticulousness. 

After leaving a tremendous impression in his first Hindi outing, Sushant Singh Rajput wows you with a remarkable portrayal yet again. He brings a lot of freshness with his unpretentious and spontaneous act. Parineeti Chopra gets into the bindaas zone yet again, a role that's become synonymous with her of late. She seems to be going from strength to strength with every film. Vaani Kapoor is self-assured and doesn't seem overwhelmed by her skilled co-stars. Rishi Kapoor is, like always, in terrific form. Rajesh Sharma is okay in a cameo. 

On the whole, SHUDDH DESI ROMANCE caters to the youth and reflects the mindset of a chunk of the youth these days. The film, which speaks a different lingo, is a gutsy attempt that defies the stereotype. Told in an entertaining format, it is sure to strike a chord with not just the youngsters, but also with those who love shudh [unchartered, in this case] storylines. Refreshingly different, give this one a chance. Recommended!
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Posted: 06 September 2013 at 3:39am | IP Logged
Bonne honestly the story Is slightly loose but the performance doesn't disappoint. Plus it depends on ones own taste. 

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Review : Shuddh Desi Romance - Urban Romance

shudh-desi-romance-reviewRelease date : 06 Sep 2013 Rating : 3.25/5
Producer : Aditya Chopra
Director : Maneesh Sharma
Music Director : Sachin, Jigar
Starring : Sushant Singh Rajput, Parineeti Chopra, Rishi Kapoor

Sushanth Singh Rajput is probably one of the most sought after new comers in Bollywood. The successful TV star made his foray into films with the critically acclaimed Kai Po Che. Sushanth won rave reviews for his performance and landed himself a three film deal with Yash Raj Productions. His latest film, Shudh Desi Romance alongside Parineethi Chopra and Vaani Kapoor has created quite a buzz with its music. Directed by Band Baaja Baarat director Maneesh Sharma, this film has hit the screens today. Let's see how its

Story :

Raghu Ram(Shushanth Singh) is a fun loving tourist guide in Jaipur who does not believe in commitment. His uncle Tauji(Rishi kapoor) somehow convinces Raghu to get married. On the way to his wedding, Raghu meets Gayatri(Parineethi Chopra) and instantly connects with her leaving his own wedding halfway.

Gayatri and Raghu start getting closer to each other and even start living in. As in every relation problems are bound to exist, and the same happens with Raghu and Gayatri. After a certain point, the couple part ways and a disappointed Raghu moves on with his life.

One fine day, on his way to yet another wedding, Raghu stumbles upon his ex- would be wife Tara(Vaani Kapoor). Raghu confronts with Tara as to why he ran away from his wedding. Tara develops a liking towards Raghu and soon the couple start seeing each other. When everything is going on good, Gayatri makes a re-entry into the scene.

How does Raghu react? How does he confront Gayatri? and finally Whom does he end up with? That forms the rest of the story.

Plus Points :

Maneesh Sharma's script is such wonderful that it holds you on to the screens. The concepts of living in and marriage have been dealt in a very contemporary way. Sushanth Singh is a revelation. His performance is priceless as he plays the role of a confused lover with utmost ease. With Shudh Desi Romance Bollywood surely has yet another heartthrob in Sushanth.

Parineethi Chopra makes her character of a girl with modern values look believable. She is apt for her role and delivers a solid performance. Debutante Vaani Kapoor is here to stay. This model turned actress has the looks and also the acting talent. She is superb in the role of Tara and brings a fresh feel to the whole film.

Sushanth chemistry with both Parineethi and Vaani Kapoor is top class. The first half is entirely colorful and has a brisk space. The movie will surely have repeat audience for its foot tapping music.

Minus Points :

After a pacy first half, last 15 minutes of the film have been slightly dragged. The film is clearly made for its target audience like today's youth of India. Family audience might not connect with certain concepts of the film.

Sushanth Singh's character in the second lacks clarity. The way his mind wanders between the two girls has not been showcased clearly. Single screen viewers do not have much to look out for in terms of item songs and other masala elements. The way the climax has been showcased might surprise a few.

Technical Aspects :

Shudh Desi Romance has some of the best camera works in the recent times. The way Jaipur has been showcased is so wonderful. The entire set up looks perfect and contemporary. As said earlier, music is the highlight of the film. Editing is neat and so is the back ground score.

Screenplay of the film is a big plus. The way the scenes have been narrated and executed is top class. Though it is a basic old school triangular love story, the way Maneesh has handled it is praise worthy. They way today youth thinks about relations hips and marriage has been showcased in a novel way.

Verdict :-  On the whole, Shuddh Desi Romance has everything what the younger generation expects. Sizzling chemistry between the lead stars, awesome songs and a simple yet novel story makes this film definitely worth a watch. Rating -3.25/5

Reviewed by Avad M. 

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Posted: 06 September 2013 at 3:44am | IP Logged

Shuddh Desi Romance | Parineeti Chopra & Sushant talk about Live In Relationships & Kissing onscreen

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Posted: 06 September 2013 at 3:46am | IP Logged
Originally posted by bonnefille

Shuddh Desi Romance is getting mixed reviews. My expectations have gone down a little. 

Its okie bonne, not everyone likes all cinemas, some pseudo intellects even criticize good cinemas...
I become critical when Sushant dances, acts...its natural we have seen his best. And KPC was on different lever altogether.
Hope SDR lives up expectations Thumbs Up We will see it for ourselves and then WOM will start rolling

Sneha glad you enjoyed :D

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Posted: 06 September 2013 at 4:23am | IP Logged

Movie Review - Shuddh Desi Romance; Confused, stupid and sluggish

CastSushant Singh RajputParineeti ChopraVaani KapoorRishi Kapoor.

Director: Manessh Sharma

Producer: Aditya Chopra

Music: Sachin Gupta, Jigar

Lyricist: Jaideep Sahni

Genre: Romantic-Comedy.

Rating: 2/5

Shuddh Desi Romance like we all know is about the love, attraction and commitment. But what I'd call it is that it's a movie about a panic mode that people, these days get into because of marriage. Commitment, as you know is like a drug. At first we're scared, then we're curious and then by the time you realise what deep shit you're in, you'll be married. The movie tries hard to depict all the human errors that are caused by impulsive decisions and fear of commitment.

Shuddh Desi Romance has three confused characters who claim to be in love but often jitter when it comes to marriage. They fail to deliver what the audience is looking out for and that is true love and real emotions. Instead the characters are shown running away from their own marriages for baseless and completely random reasons.


The film begins showing Raghu (Sushant Singh Rajput) who is suffering from pre-marital jitters. He meets Gayatri (Parineeti Chopra) on his way to the venue. Gayatri is a very open-minded, independant and an outspoken girl who likes to live her life king size on her own terms. Raghu is drawn towards these qualities of Parineeti and makes her the reason to run away from his wedding.  Tara (Vaani Kapoor) is left at the altar while a few days later, Raghu and Gayatri co-incidentally meet again and start dating. They eventually get into a live-in relationship (eventually being the next day), and it's pay back time for Raghu as our second confused character, Gayatri decides to run away from her own wedding.

Raghu is left shattered and inconsolable until he meets Tara at a wedding who gives him her number. Tara asks him out initially for a revenge trip but their relationship turns serious later on.  And when Raghu is just about propose Tara for marriage, Gayatri re-enters in his life, where the confusion reaches a whole new level.

The climax is so um, let's say dumb, I bet you'd get urges to leave the theatre there and then. And eventually, you'll do.

Performances: Sushant Singh Rajput is the star of this sinking ship with his charming looks and personality. Seemed like he was made for this role as he performs it with perfection. His expressions and dialogues are highly laudable. Parineeti Chopra's character was almost the same that we've seen in Ishaqzaade and Ladies vs Ricky Bahl, But she does a good job, pulling it off pretty nicely. There wasn't much for Vaani Kapoor in the film as the character really did not have a head or a tail. She'll charm you with her smile and her amazing looks, though! Rishi Kapoor is as always very charismatic with his witty and hilarious dialogues.

Technical- Aspect: Maneesh Sharma did good with his directorial efforts but the plot of the movie did lack sense, which apparently, is the most important aspect in today's Bollywood cinema. Though the director did not want to compare this modern chaos to the traditional mind, he fails to explain a few loose ends that were left without any explanation creating confusion and sluggishness. The music of the film was good. A few good tracks here and there and thankfully not much thrown into your face. The dialogues are pretty good, witty and fresh. Something which is rare, in today's cinema.


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