Monday, 19 January 2015

Shuddh Desi Romance (2013)

Shuddh Desi Romance has a reluctant, compromised heart at the core of its plot and that almost kills all its good, great, charming parts. 

A long winded, bumbling arrival to apply the vermillion on live-in relationships, the makers of Shuddh Desi Romance are too wary of disturbing their family audience to give it a free-wheeling touch. This is despite the kisses, bravado and modern attitude, which all seem pat and candy floss, things that can happen only in 'bed-of-roses' films. Even for the lovers of the make-believe, Shuddh Desi Romance isn't crazy enough.   

Dabbling comedy, drama, romance doesn't help either. Just comedy would have suited the film's take on youth and their irrelevant, confused of relationships, not the metaphors and visual hints. Shuddh Desi Romance is fiery when it sticks to the fun of it, the chemistry of the main lead sizzle in those parts.   

As for the characters not seeing an inch of gritty time while earning their livelihood is another bubblegum tale. This is best blamed on Yashraj's sleek production values that colours all social-economic classes in one eye-pleasing colour.  

Then you end with a human being cheated out of marriage, reconciling, sleeping with him and again left stranded by the same guy and yet taking it all serenely without any anguish, just because this is a romantic comedy, blame it on Yashraj again.

A visual treat of Jaipur, Sushant Singh Rajput and Parineeti Chopra's acting chops, (Vaani Kapoor's confident turn let down by weak characterization, Rishi Kapoor is good) and two Sachin-Jigar songs are prime viewing reasons.

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