Indian Cinema has for long been accused of sticking to the ‘They married and lived happily ever after’ kinda ending. Most of the love stories show you what happens in love…without really showing showing you what happens IN LOVE…..Shuddh Desi Romance ventures into a hitherto unknown territory…It speaks about how do people confess undying love for each other between the sheets but refuse to do so on the marriage altar. And it refuses the usual girl will have to play the sacrificial lamb trend. It gives birth to a new kind of film which is fearless in its approach and leaves you thinking about what comes after love.
SPOILERS AHEAD….If you have not watched the film skip this paragraph and read ahead!!!!!
It is a story of 3 youngsters. Raghu, Tara and Gayatri. Their dreams, their aspirations, their confusions and their COMMITMENT PHOBIA. Yes, their refusal to commit to each other is what drives the film. It explores how youngsters in so called smaller cities are no longer worried about ‘Padosi kya sochenge’, ‘maa baap kya sochenge’ and all that societal bondings. They are hellbent on finding their true love and it doesn’t matter if they find it in their second, third or for that matter their tenth attempt. But what happens when they do find that love? Raghu who is all set to marry Tara bumps into Gayatri on the way to his wedding and after spending a night on the bus, he realizes he is after all all set to marry the wrong girl. He runs away from his wedding, leaving Tara high and dry. After some time, Raghu and Gayatri cross paths again and this time, Raghu is in no mood to let her go and professes his love for Gayatri and after some yes-no, manages to convince her and moves in with her. Their love story begins and happily chugs along until one night in a state of drunken stupor, they decide to get married the next day. And this time, Gayatri develops cold feet and runs away from her wedding leaving Raghu high and dry. This hurts Raghu so much that he loses faith in the institution of marriage and gets back to his normal life until a chance encounter with Tara sets in motion a chain of events where he ends up falling for her. Yes, he realizes the girl he was all set to marry before he developed cold feet is actually a hot, happening and the kind of girl he doesn’t mind getting married to. BUT like the proverbial entry of an old villian, Gayatri bumps into him at a wedding and the lovers realize they still have a thing or two for each other. Tara realizes she never really had a chance and quietly exits the story and Raghu and Gayatri decide to get married again, but alas both run away from their wedding AGAIN. So finally they understand that they don’t exactly need a societal stamp of marriage to spend a life loving each other.
The storyline is refreshing and fresh and the performances by the three main leads, Sushant Singh Rajput as Raghu, Parineeti Chopra as Gayatri and Vaani Kapoor as Tara is terrific. Add Rishi Kapoor to the mix and you have a perfect star cast. This has to be kept in mind that this is just the thrid film for Parineeti, second for Sushant and first for Vaani. But they give a seasoned performance and keep you entertained throughout. Casting Rishi Kapoor as the wedding caterer is a master-stroke. The man seems to be getting better with age and delivers a knock-out performance.
The music is peppy and suits the film just right. Sachin Jigar seem to deliver one hit soundtrack after another. The film has been lensed well and you fall in love with Jaipur and want to visit the city. A special mention for the art direction. Most of the locations are real and they add that touch of authenticity which the film required. the director, Maneesh Sharma who earlier gave us ‘Band Baaja Baaraat’ and ‘Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl’ is in fine form here and brings out a terrific performance from all his cast members.
Married or not, in a relationship or not, this is a film which would keep you really interested for almost 75% of its runtime. Its only towards the end that the film loses steam and the plot becomes a bit unrealistic. But for its sheer freshness factor and spirited performances, I believe you should give this a watch!