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Very happy about how the film has opened .OK, looks like the second half is slow compared to the first half but the performances are getting praised a lot ...

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Public review...




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Although there are mixed reactions to the film,but everyone is praising Sushant's acting and performance! Our Sushant has nailed it yet again...yayyy...DancingPartyDancing

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Wow!!!! every1 praising Sushant..Dancing
he was really awesome as RaghuWink

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just saw sush-pari-vani int int ZOOM Big smilesushant was asked who is his godfather or any sp freind whom he can call in his need he said my girlfriend ankita is my strength,i can discuss anything with herEmbarrassed

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 anupama Chopra gave shudh desi romance, 4 stars Big smile
That's awesooommmeee :D

Most of the critics have given SDR, 3 stars and more :) 
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Masand gave it 3.5
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Movie Review: 'Shuddh Desi Romance' is sweet and tangy!

'Shuddh Desi Romance' is unadulterated fun
By Nikhil Kumar
Fri, Sep 06, 2013 16:20:58 GMT
 

The ApunKaChoice movie review of Shuddh Desi Romance. Band baaja baaraat and bolt! The characters in director Maneesh Sharma's sweet and tangy romantic caper Shuddh Desi Romance are prone to bolting from the wedding mandap. Falling in love, for them, is easy. "Control-se-baahar wala attraction" drives them into relationships -- both platonic and live-in -- but when it comes to the crunch and taking that relationship to the next level with saat pheras and nuptial vows, they baulk, and sneak out for a loo break and -- you guessed it -- bolt. Bolt into a new relationship and new phobias of commitment. 

The vagaries of the heart are delightfully depicted in Shuddh Desi Romance, set in Jaipur and among the characters that we all can easily relate to. 

There's Raghu (Sushant Singh Rajput) a tourist guide who wears his naive heart on the sleeve but is struck with the fear of lifelong commitment on his wedding night to the pretty and demure Tara (Vaani Kapoor). So he slinks out for a loo break to answer his commitment phobe heart's call and -- as explained above -- vanishes. 

Out goes Tara and in comes Gayatri (Parineeti Chopra), a spunky girl who's seen all and done all the hanky-panky stuff of relationships and even had an abortion she is unapologetic about. And when this live-in relationship between Gayatri and Raghu heads to the wedding mandap, the tables are turned and it's the bride's turn to baulk and bolt. 

Out goes Gayatri and in comes Tara again. But she has vendetta on her mind. 

This game of musical chairs, this merry-go-round goes on between the three vacillators, and director Maneesh Sharma gently guides the tale to a conclusion that's not entirely unpredictable but is engrossing nonetheless. 

Shuddh Desi Romance is propped by the wonderful characters etched by writer Jaideep Sahni. Be it the goofy Raghu who expresses his feelings openly but is shy of admitting to neighbors his live-in relationship, or be it the outspoken, cigarette puffing, I-don't-care-a-hoot Gayatri, or the composed, confident and yet demure Tara: the characters and their quirks add tons to take the story forward. There's also the curiously droll and rotund wedding fixer (Rishi Kapoor) who's amusingly resigned to the roving ways of the young generation. 

One finds hardly anything to nitpick in the performances but a special mention for Parineeti Chopra for her effortless performance. She's one hell of a natural actress. Vaani Kapoor holds her stead well and Sushant Singh Rajput does fine for his dithering, dil-phekRaghu. 

Shuddh Desi Romance never wallows in the melodrama of romantic rejection and always keeps a room for humour that's desi to its bone. The film does tend to go into a loop mode in the second half, but it never tests your patience in its 141 minutes of running time. It's a light, frothy, quirky, sweet and tangy tale of romance and rejection, of live-in relationships and fear of commitment. 

Eminently watchable. 

Rating: ***

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Shuddh Desi Romance

Rating: 3.5

September 06, 2013

Cast: Sushant Singh Rajput, Parineeti Chopra, Vaani Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor, Rajesh Sharma

Director: Maneesh Sharma

For years Hindi movies have drilled the same conservative, and often regressive notions of love and marriage into our heads. Shuddh Desi Romance takes that conventional wisdom propagated to us in the movies and turns it on its head. What's worth noting is that this movie comes from the stable of Yash Raj Films, the very studio largely responsible for breeding those notions through hits like ChandniDil To Pagal Hai and Bachna Ae Haseeno among others.

Directed by Band Baaja Baraat's Maneesh Sharma and written by Chak De India's Jaideep Sahni, Shuddh Desi Romanceis set amidst the bustle of middle-class Jaipur, where unemployed youngsters will happily pose as friends and cousins in a traveling baraat for a few thousand rupees and a gold chain. When he isn't conning white tourists into buying handicrafts from local merchants for a commission, Raghu (Sushant Singh Rajput) is busy falling in love. But he goes from sincere to conflicted to selfish in as long as it takes most people to change out of a wedding suit. So he'll woo a girl, win her heart, then develop cold feet at the mandap. This happens thrice in Shuddh Desi Romance, which would be tiring and largely predictable if it weren't for Sahni's crackling dialogue and the charming characters he puts on screen. Gayatri (Parineeti Chopra) is a gregarious rebel Raghu meets on the way to his own wedding. She smokes, she's had boyfriends, and she lets Raghu move in with her when he ditches his shaadi. Tara (newcomer Vaani Kapoor) is the damsel who springs a surprise on both Raghu and the audience.

Like most normal couples - hence, unlike the relationships we see in Hindi movies - sexual attraction is key to our protagonists' equation, and the film doesn't make a big deal about it. In fact, to give credit where it's due, Sahni's script never screams from the rooftops about the brave ideas it pushes so matter-of-factly. Skillfully avoiding melodrama or sloganeering, the film portrays a generation where single women can live in with their boyfriends without being banished by the housing society. This is a refreshingly real middle-class India where marriage needn't be life's sole ambition for young girls, and where women can hold their heads high and carry on with life despite having been ditched at the altar.

There's so much to like about Shuddh Desi Romance, including Sharma's nicely textured portrait of the Pink City. The film captures the sights and sounds of a busy metro in ways that most films don't even try. Oblivious that he's ruined someone's appetite, a cook at a jalebi stall scratches his backside with a chhanni. It's little details like these that sparkle with originality.

Pity then that the movie runs out of steam in its unconvincing final act, particularly during a confrontation between the two leading ladies that comes off as contrived. In other complaints, the talking-into-camera device is now overused, and seldom works unless what's being said is profound, which isn't always the case here. This in fact, adds to the film's already verbose and occasionally repetitive feel.

What cannot be faulted, however, are the terrific performances from the central players. Vaani Kapoor makes an auspicious debut, carrying off Sahni's firecracker lines with the comfort of a pro. Sushant Singh Rajput as Raghu, has an easy charm about him and unmistakable depth behind that scruffy exterior. But it's Parineeti Chopra, reminiscent of a younger Rani Mukherjee, who this film belongs to. She has expressive eyes and an endearing manner about her, and turns Gayatri into the most real woman you've encountered on screen recently. The film also benefits enormously from the casting of an excellent Rishi Kapoor in the part of a feisty wedding caterer and Raghu's father figure.

To a large extent, Shuddh Desi Romance reinvents the wheel as far as Bollywood rom-coms go. It's aggressively non-formulaic, and gives us characters who refuse to conform. The minor hiccups notwithstanding, this is a charming little film. I'm going with three-and-a-half out of five. You'll enjoy it.

(This review first aired on CNN-IBN)

http://www.rajeevmasand.com/reviews/our-films/love-actually/

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