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16 January 2019 l 03:31:06 PM      New Delhi, -18°C/ °F
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Shudh Desi Romance

By Nutan Lugani 


“De woman is smarter than Man in every way “….. This Harry Belafonte song can be the English title of this delightful little film from Delhi boy Maneesh Sharma of DPSRKP and Hansraj College. [He would hang out at lovers point tree in the college and mimic SRK]. The Film centers around 3 characters, small town, bindass, fearless, unconventional but seldom heartless. Contemporary milieu minus family, siblings, uncles and aunts who always formed part of YRF films till Yash Chopra was there. There is Parineeti as Gayatri, spunky, cheerful with dancing eyes and an infectious smile.  When she comes on the screen you will have eyes only for her. Sushant Singh Rajput as Raghu, a tourist guide, a spineless wimp, confused and rudderless. Vaani who makes her debut is enigmatic in a role which is understated and not elaborated. Rishi Kapoor as Goyal Uncle … seasoned but Kapoor as a Panju Uncle would have been better as there aren’t many Goyal Uncle shades in his role. Also the role has desi echoes of Love Aaj Kal


The film is about the characters coming to terms with their own insecurities, fears, inadequacies and facing them squarely. However, the girl’s esp. Parineeti outshines and makes Raghu look like a smitten pup. Memory flits back to the only other Hindi film which had a guide as a hero , “ Guide” , also set in Rajasthan [ Jodhpur} wherein Raju Guide helps Rosie pursue and realize her dreams even at the cost of alienating his family , friends, deserting his profession and getting beaten to pulp . Perhaps one of the few films where the hero cannot raise his head against mob fury. But that was 1966, the man was all willing to lay his life for the woman he loved, break conventions and pave the way for her success.


Circa 2013, the hero is a tourist guide who cheats tourists , cheats on the women in his life, never has any qualms about the hurt he may cause and can be summed up in the words used by one of the girls “Tum jab flirt karte ho to bahut Bewakoof lagte ho”. Nevertheless cheers for the girls who make the film so immensely watchable.


Wish the spunky Parineeti throws him and his dirty underwear out of her life and walks out on him, sassy and saucy as ever in SDR Part 2!

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