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Director: Maneesh Sharma

Cast: Sushant Singh Rajput, Parineeti Chopra, Rishi Kapoor and Vaani Kapoor

 

So you see a girl and suddenly there's a flutter in your heart. Chances are the girl fancies you too. It seems pretty much like the template of falling in love. But the real picture can be more complex than the first burst of pheromones. No wonder they call love overrated, because it's just as easy to fall out of love as it is to fall in it. And then comes the mother of all complexities - marriage. That rush of blood in your young veins can dry up faster than your first mushy tweet. Shuddh Desi Romance (SDR) adds a spunky tadka to having cold feet before the wedding. Do you commit or do you not? Hamlet's dilemma pales in comparison. And that's exactly what makes SDR a super fun film.

 

Sushant Singh Rajput is about to tie the knot. He's speeding towards his bride-to-be in a bus full of baraatis but his mind is uneasy. He tries to find solace by flirting with Parineeti Chopra only to realise he has serious hots for her. Nonetheless he controls his urge, fights the chemistry and decides to take the plunge with his bride in waiting. But then the doubt kicks in and Sushant flies the coop leaving the beautiful Vaani Kapoor settling for a cold drink instead. Characters in SDR behave in the least expected manner. You'd think a stranded bride with garland in hand would break into a bawling fit but she sits down and asks, "Koi thanda pilao!" Ninety nine per cent men will vouch that they secretly wanted to run away from their nuptials but didn't for better sense. But Sushant Singh does just the opposite. Same goes for Parineeti Chopra who lets the smug Sushant into her heart and home, over a cup of coffee and a bowl of gulab jamun. Preposterous but interesting. People on the rebound tend to do that.

 

The characters' quirky behaviour works because it's outrageous. As if in a Woody Allen movie, they sit across the camera and explain to the audience why they behaved so. And that completes the whole set of innovative writing and direction that makes SDR so good. Jaideep Sahni is easily one of the best writing talents in our country. He needs to be employed more often. Some of the dialogue in SDR is just poetic. The one right at the end, where Sushant uses the allegory of a room and its door to explain the claustrophobic effect of commitment is just beautiful.

 

Maneesh Sharma is in his element when he's weaving a story around great Indian weddings and like he did in Band Baaja Baaraat, he exhibits masterful control on the proceedings. The Jaipur setting, the outlandish characterisations and Sachin-Jigar's rustic Indian music complements his storytelling efforts.

 

Part of what makes a successful movie is the cast. This is Sushant Singh Rajput's movie. His character Raghu is the bundle of confusion, the young Indian man working purely on impulse. And Sushant is a rage in his role. He handles comedy and romance with consummate ease. And he looks orgasmic in slow motion romantic songs. Parineeti has already proved her talent. And in a perfectly nuanced performance she adds more power to her promise. If you thought she was just the bubbly types you need to see her indulge in some tasteful erotica. And then there's the man in a professional purple patch like never before. Rishi Kapoor as a middle-aged wedding planner cum father figure is a text book of acting. He deserves a few awards and fat cheques. Vaani Kapoor who's the lightweight in the movie, occasionally punches out even the leading man. Definitely one to watch out for.

 

In case you didn't know it, there about two dozen or more kisses in SDR. Like always they titillate but here they are also a part of the neo progressive attitude of the characters. There's an exchange between Rishi Kapoor and Sushant where the young man tells the older one to look for a new business. Because the business of weddings will soon run its course. It's a hint at alternate couple partnerships like live-ins. Of how the youth just doesn't want to conform to wedding, settling down etc. And that's why SDR works. It plays out part fantasy and part reality. And it does so with the right amount of repartee.


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'Shuddh Desi Romance' Review Roundup: Critics Hail 'Pure Desi' Love Story

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Bollywood's latest youth-oriented film "Shuddh Desi Romance" has received positive reviews from some critics. The film is helmed by Maneesh Sharma and is produced under the Yash Raj films banner.

Starring Sushant Singh Rajput, Parineeti Chopra and Vaani Kapoor in the lead, "SDR" is a romantic comedy that is based on a bold theme of live-in relationships.

The film has been hailed by critics and most of them have rated it with more than three stars.

The film's script is written by Jaideep Sahni of "Chak De! India" fame. The film's songs and trailer have received good response from the audience and have created a lot of buzz in the industry.

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Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama said: "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. 

"Additionally, everything that Maneesh and Jaideep attempt to convey through their characters in SHUDDH DESI ROMANCE looks credible and relevant. The only glitch in the otherwise smooth narrative is that the pacing slows down considerably in the second hour.

"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!"

Mohar Basu of Koimoi.com said: "Shuddh Desi Romance is not a marvelous film but its earnestness ensures that it has its heart in the right place. There is novelty in the film's unique take on relationships, that can vouch for delightful passable amusing watch. It isn't exactly mind blowing or fantastic but offers a relatable portrait of how relationships are.

"The film begins with Shaadi Nahi Hui Glucose Ho Gaya. There are a myriad reasons why the script itself merits applause from you. Jaideep Sahni dishes out a refreshingly intelligent plot that keeps intact its steam for most part.

"Capturing the energy of the young and the restless isn't an easy job, but director Maneesh Sharma does his job with near infallibility. It's liberating to watch this film for the mere treatment of its basic concept. There is a lot of adorability in the film and that's enough to ignore a few disparities and breaks in the execution. The editing could have been more taut. And Sachin-Jigar's music is soulful and vivacious!

"Shuddh Desi Romance is a welcome change for the cynics amongst us who find typical romances like DDLJfilmy and unreal. The blossoming chemistry of its lead actors is a swell, but mostly this is a film that encapsulates the lives of ordinary people who perennially live in the fear of commitment and yet dare to take the leap for love every time! Call us confused, but atleast we are honest and don't foster any sham!"

Mihir Fadnavis of Firstpost said: "Shuddh Desi Romance appeals not only to college kids or married couples or the 'arty' crowd, but to anyone and everyone. It's competent, challenging, bright, delectably-relatable and heartfelt and hopefully, it signals the beginning of a major shift in the industry and the audiences' taste in mainstream feel-good Hindi cinema.

"Director Maneesh Sharma and writer Sahni have crafted an entertainer that defies every beat of a traditional desi rom-com, and they've done it with such expertise and sincerity. By ignoring the Bollywood rulebook and not bothering about any particular audience demographic, the duo has created a light-footed and sassy film that remains true to its characters.

"We have all been in his situation, newly out of adolescence, eager to be adults and utterly bungling when it comes to love and it's damn good to see ourselves portrayed so vividly on the big screen. Kudos, Messrs Sahni and Sharma. More please."

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Shuddh Desi Romance
 
Producer: Aditya Chopra
Director: Maneesh Sharma
Starring: Parineeti Chopra, Sushant Singh Rajput, Vaani Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor
Music: Sachn Sanghvi, Jigar Saraiya
Lyrics: Jaideep Sahni
Genre: Comedy, Romantic, Drama
Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
Approximate Running Time: 141 minutes
Film Released on: 06 September 2013
Reviewed by: Ankit Ojha  - Rating: 7.0 / 10 
 
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India's premier powerhouse of production and distribution, Yash Raj Films, is also well-known for the romance films that the production house has churned out over the years they've been active. With the kickstart of YRF's (as the prooduction house is now called) experimentation phase in the early 2000's, the viewer was able to witness a sudden insurgence of collaborations with new-age romance filmmakers like Shaad Ali, Kunal Kolhi, and - by decade's end - Maneesh Sharma. His striking debut with Band Baaja Baaraat followed up with an unoriginal and highly predictable Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl. Sharma now teams up with writer Jaideep Sahni (ofChak De! India fame) for yet another romantic comedy. Whilst Sahni struck gold with his collaborations with Shimit Amin, the more discerning film buff will also remember the lightweight Aaja Nachle, which unfortunately couldn't do much for Dixit's career at the box-office. This team-up, thus turns out to be a mixed-bag of expectations, howsoever promising the outer shell looks like. The expectant viewer walks in with only the hope that what has been strongly marketed will be palatably provided on screen.

The movie starts with Raghuram's (Sushant Singh Rajput; Kai Po Che) earnest breaking-the-third-wall monologue, explaining his plight of getting between the ardor of love and need for sex, and society's undying requirement of commitment, which kickstart's the story of his marriage with Tara (debutante Vaani Kapoor). During the hours that lead on to his marriage ceremony, he crosses paths with baaraati-on-hire Gayatri (Parineeti Chopra; Ishaqzaade), and runs away, questioning his path to commitment. Two weeks in, Raghu and Gayatri meet up. Sparks fly and they begin to live-in. One year in, and the spontaneous decision to marry leads to a surprising repurcussion, a lot of confusion, and a lot more running.

With the film's titles playing on screen, there's a certain atmospheric deja vu that surfaces. Most of it, however, ends fifteen minutes into the film. Sharma and writer Sahni's dextrous adaptation of the narrative technique that made many a Woody Allen film a surefire classic treads a dangerous road, yet succeeds. The film has raw, yet sharp-witted dialogues. Character arcs of the protagonists mirror the reality of today, never looking out of place for a single moment. What wouldn't work for a few sections of the audience is the filmmakers' act of taking their own sweet time to build upon important psychological ticks of all the characters. One important example is Vaani's character Tara and her dependance on aerated drinks to keep her calm and curb her disappointment with life and people. While this act will generate polarized reactions from audience expecting heavy-handed, pacy drama, it otherwise works beautifully well for the film, thereby reducing any possible risk of predictability.

Technically, the film is both eye and ear candy. The film boasts of some absolutely delicious cinematography (Manu Anand). The usage of high-speed recording in the camerawork of Gulabi visually enhances the chemistry of Rajput and Kapoor through and through. Editing by Namrata Rao (Kahaani) is quite clever. Loose ends are tightened, and situations are effectively milked. Production design is also something that deserves applause. Like Sharma's Band Baaja Baaraat, one gets to revel in the raw splendor of Jaipur and it's people. Special mention goes to the art direction of the film, that decides to add to the authenticity of the atmospheric proceedings. Talented musical duo Sachin and Jigar come up with quite a few chartbusting romance numbers, consisting primarily of Tere Mere Beech Mein andGulabi. Let this writer state that the inclusion of just two songs throughout the whole body of a film of this genre is an impressive feat in itself.

The film would be incomplete without it's array of performers, and so would this review without their deserved appraisals. Sushant Singh Rajput is one of the best newcomers we've got this year. Bowling the viewers over with his performance in Kai Po Che earlier this year, Rajput comes back and delivers with equal passion. He successfully embodies his character's weird mixture of awkwardness and confidence without looking out of place. Although in the same mould as her previous films, the kitschy Parineeti Chopra gives out a bold, yet effortless performance. She delivers quite a few complicated, understated emotions with absolute ease. Debutant Vaani Kapoor is bound to strike each and every viewer as an extremely confident performer. Doing something of her character's type is like walking a tightrope, and yet she handles her delicately restrained role with absolute gusto. Rishi Kapoor (AgneepathDo Dooni Chaar) is a must-watch-out-for performer here. The veteran is bound to make the audience laugh with each and every gem off a dialogue he's been told to enact. Because it's written with the sole aim of concentrating on just four characters, the movie fortunately leaves no space for over-crowding, save for some appreciable supporting performances. An impressing feat, this one.

Romantic comedies pass by quite frequently in Hindi cinema. Some make waves at the box-office, and some pass by without a sound. Shuddh Desi Romance is one of those rare ones that makes an impact. Chopra, Sharma and Sahni together bring the viewers a breath of fresh air with this smart relationship dramedy focussing well on the issues of the current generation, whilst boldly questioning the staunch principles of commitment society forces people to abide by. And if that's not enough enough, watch out for the winning climax. Recommended.

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Movie Review: Shuddh Desi Romance

Cast: Rishi KapoorParineeti ChopraSushant Singh RajputVaani Kapoor Director: Maneesh Sharma, Rating: ***

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The film is a new age romance and it starts with Sushant Singh Rajput(Raghu) having pre-wedding jitters Raghu is a guide and makes a living out of fooling the people from foreign a little. He is way too confused when it comes to relationships. He falls in love with the next girl he sees, and its actually love for him and with everyone. But this boy has issues and alot of them. He just cannot get married. He gets scared, runs off and jitters run all over his spine the moment marriage comes on the cards for him. 

Enters Parineeti Chopra( Gayatri) and Raghu is smitten. Even though he is on the way to get married he looks at Gayatri and pop goes his heart . So the tale of romance calledShuddh Desi Romance starts. 
Sushant has played Raghu quite well. He is believable as Raghu from the way he talks to the way he dresses. Glimpses of Ranveer Singh from Maneesh Sharma's Band Baaja Baarat have been seen in Sushant's portrayal of Raghu. 

Parineeti Chopra is the show stealer one more time. She is a perfect fit for Gayatri. Even though most of the characters Parineeti has played have been similar to each other, but she nails at being the girl who doesn't care about what the social norms are? She does what her heart says and that's about her. She has no inhibitions and is pure talent. 
Raghu and Gayatri fall in love in a very non filmy way and move in together. They start getting to know each others past and the usual happens. Doubts, double thoughts and more doubts. 
The plot is unusual and peppy. The idea of making not a usual love story is something to look forward to in this film. The dialogues of the film are quite nice. They make you smile throughout. The film has moments, enjoyable moments rather. 

The first half of the film is better than the second half of the film. Vaani Kapoor who is the newest entrant in Bollywood plays Tara. Gayatri and Tara are similar yet different. Both the characters are bold and honest. Both the characters say what is in their hearts. Tara and Raghu fall in love in the second part and more or less the plot runs on the similar lines. 
Rishi Kapoor is the most enjoyable character in the film. He plays Goel sahab who plans weddings and fake wedding guests for a living.Rishi Kapoor is as versatile as versatile can get. He can be a deadly villain when you want, he can be a comic character when you want. He is a treat to watch. 

One thing we have realised is that Maneesh Sharma, the director is a fan of the characters who are straight from the heart. He has always had similar characters in all his films and co-coincidently Parineeti has been a part of 2 of them. So somewhere they seem similar. His films are bright in colour and peppy in terms of music. 
The new girl Vaani Kapoor is fine. She is confident on camera, speaks her lines fine but she will have to work very hard to get noticed.
 
After alot of confusion, running back and forth the climax of the film is different. It makes you think if being married is actually worth it without mocking it. The point of the whole story is that if 2 people are in love, no marriage matters and if they are not, marriage would never save a ship from drowning. 
Shuddh Desi Romance is definitely worth a one time watch. It is not the love story of this era but a film you can have fun with. It has its moments, it is quirky and you'll have a smile throughout atleast. 

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