By Goher Iqbal Punn, Film Critic & Entertainment Analyst, Showbiz Bites
Director: Maneesh Sharma
Cast: Sushant Singh Rajput, Parineeti Chopra and Rishi Kapoor
Bollywood cinema has now started showing the subjects which are considered to be taboo in Indian society. The cinema has grown into the demand of today’s entertainment. It has turned matured by offering the cinegoers the cinematic content to watch, which was made in other parts of the world, but not in India. Today, almost every taboo subject is used to make films on. Well, Shuddh Desi Romance, the latest offering by Yash Raj Films, is all about live-in relationships and pre marital affair. YRF has made a movie on this subject previously titled Salaam Namaste. But there is a difference in these two flicks – Salaam Namaste was set in Australia whereas Shuddh Desi Romance is set in Jaipur (India). Therefore, the latter can be called the first ever attempt made on this taboo subject of live-in relationship and pre-marital sex.
Maneesh Sharma is the man behind the execution. It is his third directorial venture with Yash Raj Films. Previously, he has made the films under YRF banner namely Band Baaja Baarat and Ladies vs. Ricky Behl. Now he emerges with his third outing, which is all set to entertain the viewers in full. Maneesh’s film talks about the live-in relationship and pre marital affair in the eye-pleasing part of India called Jaipur. The writer has brilliantly written a distinguishingly attractive script to lure the viewers. These types of subjects are undoubtedly soul and attention-fetching and the brilliant execution of the subject and the script will certainly fetch in the audiences to the cinema halls.
The film is a journey of three young restless people, who love following their hearts. Raghu (Sushant Singh Rajput) is a tourist guide in Jaipur. He wants love in life. Gayatri (Parineeti Chopra) is a part-time instructor in an English institute. Tara (Vaani Kapoor) is the one who knows what is right for her in life. When these three people’s lives interweave, their love and beliefs get challenged and tested.
The script is really attention-getter and mind-blowing. Jaideep Sahini has attempted a subject that is really considered to be a big taboo in India among the orthodox people of the society and even among those who live in metros but feel reluctant about it. The movie does not educate you about what’s right or wrong rather just goes on displaying the subject on screen presenting entertainment for the viewers.
Maneesh Sharma has skillfully executed the script on screen and binds the viewers to the screen. The cinematography is magnum opus. Music by Sachin-Jigar is catchy and appealing.
Sushant Singh Rajput, after getting applauded in his debut movie ‘Kai Po Che’, now shows once again that he is a fine actor. But one thing he must do – he has to focus on his facial expressions. Since his face is pretty innocent, often it looks weeping. He has to overcome it. Parineeti Chopra is a brilliant actress and with every film, she shows the same with gusto. Vaani Kapoor is first rate. Rest of the cast enacts the parts well also.
On the whole, Shuddh Desi Romance is a unique and different subject, which must be watched. It is a youth movie, but is equally entertaining for all age-groups.