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Movie Review – Shuddh Desi Romance; Confused, stupid and sluggish

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

Director: Manessh Sharma

Producer: Aditya Chopra

Music: Sachin Gupta, Jigar

Lyricist: Jaideep Sahni

Genre: Romantic-Comedy.

Rating: 2/5

Shuddh Desi Romance like we all know is about the love, attraction and commitment. But what I’d call it is that it’s a movie about a panic mode that people, these days get into because of marriage. Commitment, as you know is like a drug. At first we’re scared, then we’re curious and then by the time you realise what deep shit you’re in, you’ll be married. The movie tries hard to depict all the human errors that are caused by impulsive decisions and fear of commitment.

Shuddh Desi Romance has three confused characters who claim to be in love but often jitter when it comes to marriage. They fail to deliver what the audience is looking out for and that is true love and real emotions. Instead the characters are shown running away from their own marriages for baseless and completely random reasons.


The film begins showing Raghu (Sushant Singh Rajput) who is suffering from pre-marital jitters. He meets Gayatri (Parineeti Chopra) on his way to the venue. Gayatri is a very open-minded, independant and an outspoken girl who likes to live her life king size on her own terms. Raghu is drawn towards these qualities of Gayatri and makes her the reason to run away from his wedding.  Tara (Vaani Kapoor) is left at the altar while a few days later, Raghu and Gayatri co-incidentally meet again and start dating. They eventually get into a live-in relationship (eventually being the next day), and it’s pay back time for Raghu as our second confused character, Gayatri decides to run away from her own wedding.

Raghu is left shattered and inconsolable until he meets Tara at a wedding who gives him her number. Tara asks him out initially for a revenge trip but their relationship turns serious later on.  And when Raghu is just about to propose Tara for marriage, Gayatri re-enters in his life, where the confusion reaches a whole new level.

The climax is so um, let’s say dumb, I bet you’d get urges to leave the theatre then and there. And eventually, you’ll do.

Performances: Sushant Singh Rajput is the star of this sinking ship with his charming looks and personality. Seemed like he was made for this role as he performs it with perfection. His expressions and dialogues are highly laudable. Parineeti Chopra’s character was almost the same that we’ve seen in Ishaqzaade and Ladies vs Ricky Bahl, But she does a good job, pulling it off pretty nicely. There wasn’t much for Vaani Kapoor in the film as the character really did not have a head or a tail. She’ll charm you with her smile and her amazing looks, though! Rishi Kapoor is as always very charismatic with his witty and hilarious dialogues.

Technical- Aspect: Maneesh Sharma did good with his directorial efforts but the plot of the movie did lack sense, which apparently, is the most important aspect in today’s Bollywood cinema. Though the director did not want to compare this modern chaos to the traditional mind, he fails to explain a few loose ends that were left without any explanation creating confusion and sluggishness. The music of the film was good. A few good tracks here and there and thankfully not much thrown into your face. The dialogues are pretty good, witty and fresh. Something which is rare, in today’s cinema.


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