Movie Review: Shudh Desi Romance (SDR)
Starring: Vani Kapoor, Fake baratis, Rishi Goel Kapoor, Pari-neeti Chop-ra and Sush-ant Sing-h Raj-put! Also Starring- Loo's, random loose characters, 27 kisses!
Once upon a time there was a commitment phobic tourist guide. He was on his "doubting" way to his wedding with a beautiful belle. Along came a fake groom's maid as an "English speak madam looking sister smoking chimneys and grouchy hands boyfriends". To cut the night journey short and beat the boredom of "Dance Masti 4" both starts chatting. The real groom gets attracted by his fake sister and runs away from his own wedding. Life moved smooth for the guilt-less, glib talker who continued his randomness including fooling phoren-err tourists into buying cheap Bandhanis at exorbitant prices in the name of Afghanistani Orphans.
One day he meets his fake sister at a marketplace and start chasing her. Over cup of coffee and Gulab Jamuns, he proposes the Gulabo oops patiala clad fake Behenji and successfully persuades her to sleep at first sight, Once Upon atime in Jaipur, Dobara. The two makes out and sings a beautifully composed song- "Tere mere beech mein kya hai" to celebrate youth liberation and modern thinking over puffs of smoke, sex smitten sheets, fake weddings and laundry. Wow.
The song gets over. So what's next? Hmmm Marriage may be? Done. The drunk duo on Diwali night decides to dress over and declares their D -Day, very next day. Lo and behold, the movie gets its second instance of runaway bride/groom. Patiala clad behena who othewise speaks her hearts out, runs away from her own wedding conveniently realizing the "runaway" history of her own groom. Vrooom! Off course from bath room.
The heartbroken Dulha, to keep burning his own house ka chulha, resumes back to his fooling antics of earning moolahs in name of ..Ah you got it right. So old habits die hard. He half halfheartedly takes up another "fake baraati" assignment, dons a better suit and about to climb another bus where he meets, this time real sister of groom and vroom she is the same girl who he ditched in past from wedding altar and Dhoom 4 his way out, apology no vanity! Fresh from his own experience, he is all guilty and wanted to apologize to the demure damsel without getting caught but how?
The damsel out of distress, doesn't let her "leap year wedding uncle" to oppress the runaway groom and comes to his rescue, giving him two Rs 100 note asking him to leave the room. The guy made blunder and if you still wonder that why he took that Rs 200 ka loot than you must keep your doubts to mute cause on his bus en-route, he finds her number inscribed on it. The smart girl meets the guy over juice and chai (tea) and proposes the guy to get over his runaway trend and become her boy friend. After few scenes, the two shall romance in another beautiful composition "Gulabi"- a tribute to the Pink City- Jaipur.
If you are thinking the guy is set now and continue with wow looking girl, you are in for surprise. Fake sister reappears in another wedding and wants her guy back. This stirs another round of confusion, toilet visits and kisses making the smart, sensible girl realize her folly, for falling in love with a guy as strong as mango Lolly and orders another Thanda for her. Time for women' bechdel test. The two women accidentally meets in an empty bus over cold drink and smoke puffs and do some mature talking. Eureka! The words sparks off the idea in the smart girl' mind and this time, continuing with the tradition, she runs away. (Who said in a two actresses movie, only one gets a preferential treatment over other).
Gayatri returns back to Raghuram's arm and "once bitten twice confident" "Goel" uncle warns the two love-making birds to solemnize their fries over sacred marriage ties so that this time the girl can avoid abortion and he gets his business commission. Return of the Ghaghra and Sherwani, moving away from cool Vani (kappor), the two love making birds gears up in their wedding fineries, only to (sic) run away again from their wedding, this time together! Reason? Commitment phobia overruled by live-in relation, makes the two nest back in girl's penthouse to douse their institutional feelings followed by a typical bollywood song in beautiful Rajasthani set.
End of story!
That is Shudh Desi Trash oops Romance for you. The only thing desi in the movie is beautiful sets and costumes depicting the spirit of Pink city- Jaipur.
The movie is a light weight fun watch, targeted towards youth and their changing paradigms of love & commitment. Surprisingly these youths are way beyond family responsibilities (only a trademark of Barjatya's movie), social pressures (Bhansali's forte), economical crisis (Shyam Benegal's problem) and higher thinking (leave that to Prakash Jha and his Satyagraha' Rajneeti). Their biggest concern in lives (modern India) is not education, not livelihood but Sex compatibility and C for Commitment phobia. Aila, I am Ranbir Kapoor, if I get married, what will happen to my female fans? So they take an easy way out. "No strings attached" route. The most popular route that the lead actors of the film had chosen to express their freedom, liberalization and sensibilities which includes Sex based relationships, multiple Live-in flings, smoking, drinking, running away from their own marriage, pre marital pregnancy, commitment phobia etc etc...
While they do all of the above, you feel entertained. Why? You slut of a radical thinking, pseudo modern, materialistic, corrupt viewer born in a country of billion population exhaled over the joy of Bollywood, Sex and Cricket, how could you like a notion as shallow as this? Simply cause the story telling is good, so is the screenplay, dialogues, songs and lead actors of the movie. The director does a wonderful job to present the modern day love and present state of institution of marriage where couples prefers to live in, have sex as and when they want, Kiss angrezi style and still hates marriages and pregnancy which gives them a license to do so. Why? Cause directly or indirectly, marriages are still a holy notion for the Holi color cloth wearing Desi Indian Junta. A big, fat, lavish commitment that they tried to make fun of but end up respecting the institution to dye another day. Or may an end of life and fun!
More on movie: This is a well made movie backed by a good casting, performances, music, Screenplays and direction. There are some hilarious scenes in this movie like when Raghu wants to go to loo during is marriage with Gayatri and was restricted to go fearing that he may run again when actually the bride runs away. However, repeating few of them makes it look boring towards the end. The delight package of this movie is Parineeti Chopra who unlike many of her counterparts had played the role of Gayatri really well without being loud at all. Surprise package is the debutante- Vani Kapoor who played her role of Tara as beautifully as it could be. Sushant Singh Rajput looks convincing as street-chap local tourist guide but overdoes his bit in few scenes.
In a nutshell, SDR (Shuddh Desi Romance) is an entertaining movie and definitely recommended for watching but not getting too inspired off and running away from your marriage (lolz) rather dealing things maturely and amicably.
My rating: 4 Stars!