The weekend – 6 September 2013 sees the release of two much awaited films – Zanjeer starring Priyanka Chopra, Telugu film star Ram Charan Prakash Raj and Shuddh Desi Romance starring Parineeti Chopra, Sushant Singh Rajput, Vaani Kapoor and Rishi Kapoor.
While Zanjeer is based on the iconic 1972 Amitabh Bachchan starrer of the same name and clearly an action thriller, Shuddh Desi Romance is a rom-com based attraction and commitment, – a modern but essentially desi romance. While Priyanka will be seen in a highly glamorous avatar, Parineeti will be seen in her trademark fiery, confident, outspoken, avatar; a persona that she seems to have appropriated for herself.
We look at what we can expect from the two cousins – from the Priyanka Chopra Vs Parineeti Chopra faceoff at the box office this weekend:
Film – Zanjeer (Release date 6 September 2013)
Starring – Ram Charan, Priyanka Chopra, Prakash Raj, Sanjay Dutt, Mahie Gill, Atul Kulkarni and a guest appearance by Amitabh Bachchan
Producer – Mahi’s Entertainment, Puneet Prakash Mehra, Flying Turtle Films, Sumeet Prakash Mehra
Director – Apoorva Lakhia (Mumbai se Aaya Mera Dost, Shootout at Lokhandwala, Mission Istanbul)
Story/Screenplay – Suresh Nair, Apoorva Lakhia
Music – Meet Bros Anjjan, Anand Raj Anand, Chirantan Bhatt
Plot – As a remake of one of the best known Bollywood films of all time, Apoorva Lakhia’s Zanjeer, releasing a full 40 years after the original,will have a tough act to follow. This Zanjeer is also being made simultaneously as Thoofan (Telugu version). Right away, the two films seem to diverge significantly – ACP Vijay Khanna played by (Cheeranjeevi’s son Ram Charan) essays Amitabh’s iconic role, and seems to bring his own personality to the role. Replacing Ajit is Prakash Raj (Singham, Wanted, Dagangg 2) a seemingly more menacing and virulent Teja. Mahie Gill will play the unforgettable Mona Darling and Sanjay Dutt will play Pran’s role of Sher Khan the small time hood with the heart of gold who becomes the protagonist’s strongest supporter.
There is little of Jaya Bhaduri’s shy, rustic charm in Priyanka Chopra’s portrayal of Mala. This is clearly a very modern, very glamorous Mala; who doesn’t hesitate to get into bed with the man she wants, and who tells her lover to “Just destroy him”, clearly egging him on to revenge upon his nemesis.
Film – Shudhdh Desi Romance (Release date 6 September 2013 – Today)
Starring – Sushant Singh Rajput, Parineeti Chopra, Vaani Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor
Producer – Aditya Chopra
Director – Maneesh Sharma
Story/Screenplay – Jaideep Sahni (Writer of Chak De! India, Khosla Ka Ghosla, Bunty Aur Babli , Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year, Director of Band Baaja Baarat)
Music – Sachin-Jigar
Plot – This film seems all about the liberated, outspoken lover of today – who speaks of attraction not love, of cohabitation not marriage and who’s quite willing to ‘try before buy’. The film is undeniably modern in its outlook and a romance such as this would never have been portrayed even a few years ago, but it remains an essentially ‘desi’ film for all that.
After his very successful but essentially serious Kai Po Chhe, Sushant Singh will be seen in this more lighthearted romantic film. Rishi Kapoor will be seen in an endearing Tauji role, a sort of neighborhood relationship specialist that he seems to pull off with such élan. Vaani Kapoor as Tara is the third angle to the relationship.
The USP of Shudhdh Desi Romance is also that it will feature 27 kisses – Sushant Singh seems set to give the kiss specialist Emraan Hashmi some serious competition in that department.
Parineeti Chopra as the headstrong, confident, flippant Gayatri, is the new Indian woman – bold and self reliant Indian. This type of role suits this Chopra right down to the ground – she has essayed similar roles in her previous two films Ladies vs Ricky Bahl and Ishaqzaade. I think this persona of hers, charming though it be, can get a little old if she doesn’t quickly reinvent herself in her forthcoming films Kill Dill, Hasee toh Phasee and others.
So it is to be revenge saga; a gritty action thriller featuring the seamy underworld on the one hand, and a light-hearted romance on the other hand. My pick would be the Shudhdh Desi Romance for this weekend – not only do I prefer rom-coms to action flicks, I am not a huge fan of remakes – I believe cult films such as Zanjeer should perhaps best have been left alone.
Shudhdh Desi Romance – Review