Shuddh Desi Romance Reviews
Is strength of character absolutely missing in the current youth? Surely, it's not possible. So, is this movie just a funny comedy? But, how can you take it as a mindless comedy of indecisiveness, when it is unabashedly and ruthlessly targeting the age old and universal institution of marriage? Agreed, that the blissful and perfect marriage is a myth and every marriage has its share of ups and downs, ranging from being mild to simply unbearable. But a society sans marriage will be outright savage.
However, the movie does ably show the incumbent fear of marriage within the current youth. Deep down they are lonely and seek a loyal and forever loving partner. But the current life style and absence of active role of parents and/or guardians in their life, makes them ever paranoid to enter into a marriage. The fear of failure of marriage stops them from entering into one! Resultantly, they enter into relationships one after the other, only to become more fearful with each failed relationship.
If you leave aside the concept of this movie, you have to admit that both the direction and acting are pretty good. The actors have played their part with as much conviction and innocence as they could conjure in playing such complex characters. At any point of time, you don't feel sad or hateful towards any of them! And in such a storyline, this is commendable. After Shah Rukh, Sushant seems to be the one who would make the giant successful leap from small screen to the big screen. Parineeti is a natural actor, very much like Kajol but a lot less boisterous. Given that this is her debut movie, Vani appears surprisingly effortless and confidant. In fact the screen chemistry that she shares with Sushant is more natural and believable. Rishi Kapoor has acted as per expectation. It is amusing to see him don the hat of a Rajasthani baniya running a wedding business. Cinematography is also good. The city of Jaipur and nearby locations have been covered well.
After above average Band Baaja Baraat(2010) & pathetic Ladies V/s Ricky Bahl(2011), Maneesh Sharma redeems himself with SDR. Apart from his directorial tricks, there are many redeeming factors in this movie but the prime factor is Jaideep Sahni's story, screenplay & dialogues.
Jaideep Sahni has juggled in many genres with his writing for films like Company(Mafia/Crime saga), Khosla Ka Ghosla(Revenge Comedy), Chak De India!(Patriotic/Sports) & extremely underrated Rocket Singh(Drama) but this is his first full blown rom-com. Screenplay gives us a feeling that Sahni & Sharma actually researched a lot before writing their screenplay. Script works even better when certain typical bollywood cliches are ignored by Sahni. For example, institution of Marriage is thrown out. Any middle class youth just crossing 25 must know how it feels when parents start nagging him/her with marriage proposals. Here smartly parents are avoided as 2 of the 3 leads are orphans while other has a dad who we never see on screen. Sahni delivers a cracker with modern middle class youth's take on fake institution of marriage & Live-in-relationship with wonderful use of thanda, Bathrooms & kiss. His dialogues are an absolute fun.
On the performance front, Sushant Singh Rajput as thodasa-buddhu-thodasa-chaalu Raghu is adorable & convincing while Parineeti Chopra's act is nothing short of award winning. She is the kind of girl, every guy would like to date. Vaani Kapoor even in her debut gives a wonderful performance. Her screen presence is terrific. And then there is Rishi Kapoor as wedding planner Goyal in one of the most charming performances in his entire career. He gets the accent & mannerisms right for a marvadi person who fears that the modern outlook of youths may stop his wedding business.
On technical front, Manu Anand captures Jaipur superbly in his camera while Sachin Jigar's music is their best attempt till date while their background score is perfect considering the hilarious situations. Namrata Rao's editing is crisp & never ever we feel bore while production designs are authentic. Shanoo Sharma's casting is brilliant specially the side actors who play Raghu's friends.
Bustling pink city,modern-pop music and sincere performances of confused hormones with endearing Rishi kapoor carries the plot but doesn't stop the dragging second half of the movie.The repetitive pattern with high-octave romance makes it too predictable.
The movie reminds you of Runaway brides and Before Sunrise.What makes it different from previous Hindi romantic movies
Will you get a chance to sympathize?NO
Do you believe the word Indian Morality? NO
Hot chemistry or magnetic physics?NO and YES
Will arranged marriages and unwanted rituals stop one day?YES
Summary:Marry only if you "want to" or else take a "Toilet Break".