Jaideep Sahni is one of my favourite screenwriters. And most probably, the best among the current lot. He has dabbled in various genres – from underworld saga (Company) to sports film (Chak De India), dramedy (Khosla Ka Ghosla) to rom-con (if i can say so, Bunty Aur Babli), and has delivered terrific results. His last film Rocket Singh – Salesman Of The Year didn’t work at box office but i liked it. Similarly, with Aaja Nachale, there was no critical acclaim neither box office but there were many bits in the film which were noteworthy. Also, when you go into the theatre to watch a Shah Rukh Khan film but come out remembering the names of about a dozen other characters played by completely new actors, you know that the writing is great. And that’s a rare achievement in India cinema.
Strangely, Sahni has never written a romantic film so far, as in dealing with just matters of heart. And that’s one of the reasons i am quite kicked about Shuddh Desi Romance. The first three teasers of the film (here, here and here) completely stood out from the rest of the crowd. And i have been told that Sahni is the brain behind those three. Two teasers dipped in nostalgia of ek chidiya and last one with the customer care headache that has become part of our everyday life now. And today the theatrical trailer has come out. If you haven’t seen yet, have a look.
So what’s the film about?
Here’s what the cryptic official synopsis says…
From the director of Band Baaja Baaraat and the writer of Chak De! India, comes a fresh and very real love story about the hair raising minefield between love, attraction and commitment SHUDDH DESI ROMANCE finally, a romantic comedy that tells it like it is.
Starring in this classy, candid look at the affairs of the heart in today’s desi heartland are the endearing Rishi Kapoor, exceptionally talented Sushant Singh Rajput, and the versatile Parineeti Chopra, along with debutant Vaani Kapoor.
Well, i can see the “shudd” part, the “desi” part but not sure about the “romance”. What’s new? What’s not been done? What will Sahni deliver? As the trailer doesn’t say much about the plot except the usual mood and feel of the characters and the place which was quite clear from the teasers also. Or is it Saathiya in small town with a new girl in the loop?
So what’s your take? What are you expecting? Do let us know in the comment section.
– Posted by @cilemsnob