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Shuddh Desi Romance is an honest love story with a desi touch, say critics

Parmita Uniyal, Hindustantimes.com  New Delhi, September 06, 2013
First Published: 15:56 IST(6/9/2013) | Last Updated: 16:13 IST(6/9/2013)

Shuddh Desi Romance, starring Parineeti Chopra and Sushant Singh Rajput is not a typical romcom. It captures the lives of ordinary people who live in the fear of commitment and yet dare to take the leap for love every time, feel movie critics.

SYNOPSIS
With love, attraction and commitment as its main ingredients, the film is an attempt to depict the love affairs of the modern generation. Sushant Singh Rajput plays the role of a casual boy-next-door, Raghu, and Parineeti Chopra plays the bold role of Gayatri - his lover. Newbie Vaani Kapoor plays Tara, who is also Raghu's lover. The love-triangle gets complicated when the lives of the three cross, their beliefs get challenged, and their love gets tested.

Shuddh Desi Romance is not a routine love-saga, with the cliches Bollywood is known for. It offers something new. "Shuddh Desi Romance is a welcome change for the cynics amongst us who find typical romances like DDLJ filmy and unreal. The blossoming chemistry of its lead actors is a swell, but mostly this is a film that encapsulates the lives of ordinary people who perennially live in the fear of commitment and yet dare to take the leap for love every time! Call us confused, but atleast we are honest and don’t foster any sham! I am going with a 3.5/5 for this imaginative and luscious feat," says Mohar Basu, Koimoi.com.




A SHUDDH TAKE

Agrees Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama: "True to its title, Shuddh Desi Romance is indeed a shuddh [pure] take at live-in relationships involving desi characters and looks at the highs and lows that come with it."

Director Maneesh Sharma is lauded for giving a unique treatment to the movie. "Capturing the energy of the young and the restless isn’t an easy job, but director Maneesh Sharma does his job with near infallibility. It’s liberating to watch this film for the mere treatment of its basic concept. Bred on the ideas of happy endings and the regal fanfare of red roses, the director does a good job at hammering on the fact that day-to-day relationships are more about moments of insecurity, fear and lot little about ‘love’ these days," writes Basu.

BUT IT'S REPETITIVE
The film, according to some critics, is repetitive. "Creating a pattern out of repeated events is a classic device in romantic comedies, but it only works when there are little differences in detail with each repetition. These details tell us a little more about the characters and add up to a climax. Shuddh Desi Romance, unfortunately, feels more like a loop and less like a pattern," writes Deepanjana Pal, Firstpost.

"The only glitch in the otherwise smooth narrative is that the pacing slows down considerably in the second hour," feels Adarsh.


CHEMISTRY...NOT REALLY

And what about the much-talked chemistry of the lead actors Sushant Singh Rajput, Parineeti Chopra and Vaani Kapoor. "With the much-talked about 27 kisses in the film, you’d expect chemistry to be bubbling forth like a lab experiment gone brilliantly right (or terribly wrong). The sad truth is that the kisses in this film barely sizzle. The ladies and gent go for the liplock with the regularity of a news bulletin and the kisses are about as exciting. They don’t give the impression of people unable to keep their hands off each other. Rather, it seems like the kissers are simply following directorial instructions. That’s not the sort of performance that leaves romantics with a tingly feeling," feels Pal.

VERDICT
The final verdict?

"Shuddh Desi Romance is just not worth it. The movie is very superficial and casual on the whole, and dissapoints big time. Even the so-called love and emotions portrayed between the couples in the movie, doesn't look passionate and genuine enough to endure," declares Nabanita, One India.

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