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Shuddh Desi Romance Reviews

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April 21, 2015
Good movie. new concept! Awesome songs!!!
August 8, 2014
I loved the characters in this movie more then I enjoyed the plot. The female leads are both mature, confident and savvy young women. They are great role models for young india. The male lead was a little slow, but adorable none-the-less. I loved how expressive his character was. It made it easy to root for him. And uncle-ji, lol, awesome parental figure. He's there to offer an opinion, but doesn't get too involved (unless he's doing business). He makes no judgements. All in all, the ensemble was great, the story a little muddled. The ending wasn't really clear cut. But I do appreciate that it introduces another way of living in traditional indian culture. Definitely recommend this movie.
January 7, 2014
This movie sucks.....
½ November 2, 2013
One thing I have gathered from Manish Sharma and the new era of Yash Raj Films is that they have taken their old school concept of romantic love stories and turned it inside out. Like Band Baaja Baaraat and Ladies vs Ricky Bahl, Shuddh Desi Romance is a refreshing romantic comedy that challenges the Indian orthodox mindset in a very subtle, comic yet strong way. Sushant Singh, Parineeti and Vaani fill in their characters very naturally as does Rishi Kapoor. The movie casts away the prototype sentimental latter half which is usually the case in other films and keeps the mood light throughout the film. The void however lies in the way the issues of marriage and commitment are tackled. Though the movie puts forward some ideas worth thinking about it is still very blunt handed in its treatment of the idea of commitment. Maybe it just goes a bit overboard in labeling marriages as a nonsensical ritual. Nevertheless it is finally a film and a film which keeps you entertained and provides food for thought. Take the nicer ideas from this but don't become a radical!
½ October 29, 2013
Vani Kapoor and Parineeti, awesome acting as always.
October 23, 2013
The movie is as confused as all the 3 lead characters...
½ October 20, 2013
Entertaining..Jaideep Sahni never disappoints you..
½ October 6, 2013
This "pure" concept of love and naive infatuation has its own niche of melodramatics to cater. I luvd the way Manish has in his distinctive style crafted this small town story with oodles of freshness and dexterity. Slick performance from the leads and an apparently show stealing Rishi as the spearhead. However our tinsel town in a rather brisk pace is matching dear hollywood's "god knows why lip lock moments" . Miss those HAHK and MPK era when I wouldn't need to prepare a research thesis b4 takin ma folks to the theatre .
September 29, 2013
A not well scripted movie seems to fail entirely when it comes to performance giving an idea as to may be the director was more confused than the actor. One might wait for first 15 minutes than half an hour and then finally an hour for the actual movie/story or rather something interesting to happen and finally giving up hope of seeing anything interesting. Even promising actors like Parineeti and Sushant Singh who have given wonderful performances earlier fail to impress. All in all a dumb and boring movie.
½ September 20, 2013
Boy is on his way for arranged marriage with Girl1. En route he gets highly attracted to one of his rented 'baraati' Girl2. He leaves Girl1 at the marriage altar and runs away. He bumps again with Girl2. There is instant chemistry and live-in relationship (at Girl2's home) between Boy and Girl2. Love marriage to take place between them. Girl2 leaves him at the altar and runs away. Boy now bumps with Girl1 on his way to a marriage where he is one of the rented 'baraati' and she is one of the relatives. Soon after this meeting, they enter into a happy relationship. They are sure to get married and set the tracks right. In another marriage, where Boy is a rented 'baraati' and Girl1 accompanies him as his partner, they both bump into Girl2. Here, Girl2 is one of the relatives in the wedding. There is instant hot chemistry between Boy and Girl2. Assessing the situation, Girl1 disappears from the venue without any heartbreak. Again, Boy and Girl2 decide to marry. This time, both of them run away from the wedding only to bump again in their wedding fineries at the door of Girl2. They decide to continue with the live-in mode of the relationship.

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.
September 18, 2013
First things first. You will be disappointed if you expect SDR to be just like its name. SDR is excellent because it doesn't concentrate on rich urban kids of any metropolitan/Tier I cities instead entire setting is between confused middle class youths of Tier II cities, here Jaipur.

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.
½ September 18, 2013
Shuddh Desi Romance is neither Shuddh nor Desi but practical hit of questioning the need of marriage. Manish sharma narrates the reality check in his own style and declares the truth that young people are not trounced by the stigma of abandoned marriage which is hardly spoken aloud in Bollywood movies.

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
Any Melodrama?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".
½ September 13, 2013
A breath of fresh air.....after all the predictable romcoms like Cocktail, Yeh Jawani hai Deewani this movie set itself apart from all the daily romcoms........A movie made with with genuine heart and commitment.....its never shy's away from showing the reality of today's relationships.......Commitment and love are two different things and this movie shows that without any fear.....Watch it on your own risk...a risk WORTH taking........indulge your self in this ROMANCE.........
September 11, 2013
A sweet hilarious chirpy take on romance & confusion among couples now days..the ending turns to be a bit cliched & corny which is kind of a downer..Parineeti is turning out to be among the finest actors in the industry. Vaani Kapoor is fresh new talent who glows whenever she is on screen, looking forward to more from her. Sushant Singh comes up with another solid performance, a potential super star here!..the main scene stealer turns out to be veteran Rishi Kapoor who is just getting better with each passing film..a recommended film for people who are looking for a light heart comedy film...
½ September 9, 2013
It is a sad trend in Bollywood to name movies that have nothing to do with it's contents, and this movie is no exception. It is a dismal movie whose only saving grace is it's cast's performance, but just barely. For the most part, the interviews of characters scattered throughout the movie killed it. They served no purpose at all and I can't imagine what they were trying to compensate with it.
September 7, 2013
Saw this movie yesterday. The movie shows commitment-phobia of three characters in the film forming a love triangle. It tackles the issue of live-in relationships in a very light manner. But overall, I found this movie to be little confusing.
½ September 6, 2013
The story of the movie is based on three things: Toilet, Cold Drink and Kiss. The movie was so confusing and weird that you will get bored after a certain period. But whatever character the actors got did good justice. All acted well. But the story and screenplay was too weak. The best things in the movie are the beautiful locations of Jaipur.
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