Shuddh Desi Romance explores new confused definitions that Indian youth give relationships

Unusual title and kitschy poster with hand-painted look have resonated with their target audience.

Written by EXPRESS FEATURES SERVICE | Published: September 2, 2013 4:49:28 am

Attraction may lead to sex but the couple need not be dating,dating doesn’t imply commitment and two people committed to one another may never want to marry. Jaideep Sahni cited this example to make a point about how Indian youth is viewing relationships today.

“There is no fixed formula to relationships anymore and that is what Shuddh Desi Romance attempts to capture,” said Sahni,the film’s screenwriter-lyricist.

Sahni,along with Shuddh Desi Romance’s director Maneesh Sharma and actor Parineeti Chopra and Vaani Kapoor,was at Express Towers on Wednesday afternoon as part of Screen Preview to talk about the film,which releases on September 6.

The film,which is set in Jaipur,revolves around Raghu (Sushant Singh Rajput),as he attempts to understand what he really feels about the two women he likes,Gayatri and Tara,essayed by Chopra and Kapoor respectively.

Although the film follows the confusion that Rajput’s character is going through,Sharma asserted that the ladies have meatier,more interesting roles. “There is a stereotype or formula to the on-screen heroines in Hindi cinema. But Gayatri and Tara are very different and both Parineeti and Vaani have played their parts perfectly even though they had absolutely no reference points,” said Sharma,who also directed Band Baaja Baarat and Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl.

Speaking about their roles,Sahni said that Chopra,who made her debut as a leading lady in Habib Faisal’s Ishaqzaade,as Gayatri is the wiser one with the experience of several relationships behind her. Debutante Kapoor as Tara,on the other hand,has great clarity about what she wants from life and her actions are based on that.

The unusual title and kitschy poster with the hand-painted look,have resonated with their target audience. The team pointed out that they arrived at the title after much debate,well after Sharma finished shooting. “We registered 35 titles,but didn’t use any of them,” said Chopra. Sahni added that it took time because they couldn’t come up with anything apt. “Shuddh Desi Romance worked because it is a unique Indian love story and the word shuddh stands not for pure but for ‘unadulterated’.”

The film has been shot at real locations in Jaipur including the iconic Ram Mandir cinema hall. However,the team said the film is oddly being perceived as one that is set in a small town. Sahni clarified that it’s a middle-class love story in Jaipur — a city that has 22 universities and sees one-fourth of India’s tourist population every year. It may not be a megapolis,but Jaipur has a large youth population.

This youth,added Kapoor,is changing India,from its eating habits to the way people dress. “The film tells their stories. So they are also the people who will relate to the characters,” Sahni said. Sharma added that it is bound to surprise the viewers. “It is a love story,written by Jaideep. And given that romance hasn’t been his forte,what he eventually came up with is quirky in every sense of the word.”

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