Cast: Sunny Kaushal, Diana Penty, Mohit Raina, Radhika Madan,
Director: Kunal Deshmukh
A flowing analogy about life and love in Shiddhat, in which a young man moves heaven and earth for a girl who has left him heartbroken and unknown. This is not to say that the Kunal Deshmukh-directed film is a love story of fundamental power.
Shidat, streaming on Disney + Hotstar, whips up a powerful froth. The same is true in the film, as the male protagonist Jopinder ‘Jaggi’ illillon (Sunny Kaushal), no matter what the pop philosophy is, makes the perilous journey from Jalandhar to Kailash and from there to London to stop the marriage.
In a deal, one has to conquer land, water and air. Nothing stops him from trying to reach his destination. For him, love is not something that falls to anyone; It is similar to a plunge in more than one way. Does Jaggi face many challenges? The answer to that question is the squishy core of intensity. But neither his dangerous passion nor his misguided mission comes anywhere near the realm of credibility.
At a sports camp, hockey player Jaggi falls for swimmer Karthik (Radhika Madan). She has an extended version of the One Night Stand with her just to find out that she is engaged to a man from London and her marriage is three months away. Jaggi changes her mind but Karthik, lighter than her, acknowledges her feelings by saying that marriage is an overrated institution.
She then critiques the reasons in support of her argument. While the man is still adamant, she says she will have no hesitation in canceling her marriage if her marriage lasts until her wedding day. You’re free to remove me from the wedding, DDLJ style, he says.
Jaggi made her resolve to stick to her word and threw caution to the wind. It enters Europe illegally and gets into a lot of trouble. She's right, of course, but the fact that she takes more than two hours to prove the intensity of her love results in an uncontrollable tedium.
Shiddhat tries very hard to pass himself off as a modern, progressive love story about an independent girl who believes in living on her own terms. But it’s a losing battle because the boy who pushes her hand needs someone’s immediate counseling. Jaggi hopes to get a stable job if he joins the national hockey team. But we don’t see him doing anything concrete in search of that goal. He thinks he is right to gate-crash the marriage of the diplomat (Mohit Raina) and drinks himself stupid.
But before he is insensitively expelled, he is so impressed by the groom's emotional wedding speech that he shows unconditional love for his bride (Diana Panty) that he decides to consider the man as her resident.
And then he gives a chance to Karthik - a swimmer who represents Maharashtra. They all hit him without as much as bye-your-leave. He can’t say free alcohol from a free-spirited young woman. Love at first sight? That is a big misconception. In Jaggi's case love is blind and stupid.
He posted a picture of the girl emerging from the swimming pool after the practice session - Snap was taken without her sanction - on gregarious media platforms. The angry girl favors the boys by clicking on the starkers in the locker room with interest. The idea of this film of gender equality is-tight-for-tate. What a boy can do a girl can do preponderant. Order restored install installed!
Shiddhat depicts two types of love - a girl walking with the flow in a French language class and a man who does nothing without weighing the pros and cons of her every step; The second type erupts when a rustic, racist guy runs into a city-raised girl. One ends in a marriage, the other in a desperate move that forces much of the plot.
A kind of love is like a whirlpool and a whirlwind. The other is compared to a sturdy boat that ferries one jetty for safety. One character, forever in the mood to pontify, says that life is a four-course meal. Don’t stop at salads, he says. Also taste delicious, main course and desserts. Otherwise, you will deprive yourself of diversity, the spice of life.
But the same guy finds himself receiving when the woman of his life tells him that he only visually perceives blue when what he visually perceives is a riot of colors - red, green, violet, the whole palette. Amidst all this talk of nutrition and pigmentation, there is the appearance of illegal migration, refugee rights activism and deportation.
The Jaggi and Karthik poles are different. There are also actors playing two characters. Sunny's skill inspires the male protagonist with the quality of the earth. Radhika Madan lends to Karthik if there is no solidity. The chemistry between the leads is primary. Mohit Raina adds some gravity to the action but with the characters immersed in superfacility and exaggeration, the hard work of his game is like falling into the sea.
None of the main characters are placed in a clear social or familial context. Jaggi mentions her mother a few times, but the audience has no conception what she is. She never appears. The screenplay also does not reveal where the Indian consular officer is stationed in France or where his wife came from. The only one whose family has a fleeting appearance belongs to Karthik. But even here Dad does all the talking; The mother hangs in the background and can't get the word in the direction of the edge.
No matter how much Shiddhat makes a flying noise during his two hours, his heart is not always in the right place. At one point, the hero's affectionate thing says that she looks like the heroine of a 90s Hindi film. She is not far from the mark. What the voice of Shiddhat transmits is hardly in harmony with what his soul speaks. Like the two main characters, they are pulled in different directions. Not a pretty spectacle.