Shiddat: 2021 Bollywood Romantic Drama Film

Shiddat: 2021 Bollywood Romantic Drama Film

Movie Name: Shiddat
Directed by: Kunal Deshmukh
Starring: Radhika Madan, Sunny Kaushal, Mohit Raina, Diana Penty
Genre: RomanceDrama
Release Date: 01 October, 2021
Running Time: 146 Minutes
Rating:
Original Network: Disney+ Hotstar

Shiddat: Journey Beyond Love is an Indian upcoming Hindi language romantic drama film directed by Kunal Deshmukh and produced by Bhushan Kumar and Dinesh Vijan under the banners T-Series and Maddock Films. The film stars Radhika Madan, Sunny Kaushal, Mohit Raina and Diana Penty and principal photography began in November 2019. Shiddat wrapped up shooting in March 2020 and was targeting a September 2020 release, but the release was indefinitely delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The film will be premiere on 1 October 2021 on Disney+ Hotstar.

Official announcement of the film was made on 16 May 2019 and shooting began on 23 November 2019.

The film’s music was composed by Sachin-Jigar, Manan Bhardwaj and Gourov Dasgupta while lyrics written by Kausar Munir, Priya Saraiya, Kunwar Juneja and Manan Bhardwaj.

The song Akhiyan Udeek Diyan is a remake of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan‘s 1993 qawwali song.

Movie Trailer:

Shiddat: Movie Review

Way back in 1991, when Divya Bharti shimmered on the popular song ‘Saat Samundar Paar’ in Sunny Deol-Chunky Panday starrer Vishwatma little did one know that two decades later, the lyrics of this peppy number would set as a major backdrop for a film in which the male lead actually tries to swim across waters for his lady love. Kunal Deshmukh’s latest outing Shiddat explores various shades of love; some like whirlpools and storms and others like sturdy boat that ferries you safely to the shores.

Shiddat begins with a young diplomat Gautam (Mohit Raina) narrating how he met his fiancé Ira (Diana Penty) at their engagement party. ‘Agar tum mujhe Paris mein nahin milti tum Amsterdam mein milti. Duniya ke kissi bhi galti, kuche, gaon, ucchake se tumhein mein dhund nikalka kyunki tum meri kismat hoon,’ Gautam’s cheesy filmy lines catches the attention of a free-spirited wedding crasher Jaggi (Sunny Kaushal) who makes it his mission to find his own ‘shiddat’wala pyaar amid pursuing his hockey dreams.

A chance meeting with a swimmer Kartika (Radhika Madan) at a national sports camp makes him realize that she is the ‘one’ for him. Over some swimming lessons, shaking a leg and a little roll in the hay, Jaggi and Kartik part ways. On the other, the once madly in love couple Gautam and Ira now settled in Paris, are seen battling marital discord. The latter feels Gautam only sees shades of blue in his life while what she perceives is a riot of colours. Until Gautam and Jaggi’s interwined fate sets a chain of events which makes Gautam realize that “Kuch log apne pyaar ko paane ke liye duniya ke sabse lambe rashte pe nikal padte hai jaise ki aur kuch logo ko chaar kadam ka raasta bhi bahut lamba lagta hai hai.”

Kunal Deshmukh who earlier helmed films like Jannat and Tum Mile takes up two parallel narratives to explore the various shades of love. As one of the dialogues in the film goes as, “Pyaar kissi ke liye gehra bhawar hai le dobta hai aandhi hai toofan hai shola hai aur kisi ke liya pyaar naav jaisa hai paar laga deta hai. khamoshi hai, nazm, thandi hawa ka jhoka”, the filmmaker uses two couples Jaggi-Kartika and Gautam-Ira to set the stage for his story-telling. While the first one is a typical filmwallah pyaar, the second leans more towards the realistic tone. Does he succeed in tugging at the heartstrings? Well, only partially.

The problematic story-telling in the initial portions of the film and the superficial writing sinks this ship before it reaches its shores. What could have been a modern, progressive love story is simply reduced to its clichéd version as it zig zags its way Punjab to Calais to London, leaving the outing engaging only in parts and pieces.

Sunny Kaushal lends an earthy vibe to his character of the lovestruck Jaggi which is endearing and annoying in equal parts. Playing the lover boy does seem to come easy to him. It would be interesting to watch how the young lad plans his way ahead from here. Radhika Madan brings in the right amount of spunk and sass as Kartika. Mohit Raina adds some gravitas to his character of Gautam though one wished Kunal had explored his character more. Diana Penty makes her presence felt even in her limited screen time.

Amalendu Chaudhary makes excellent use of the color palette to paint the contrast between love stories of Jaggi-Kartika and Gautam-Ira. A Sreekar Prasad’s editing goes fine with the narrative.

Manan Bhardwaj’s soothing vocals make the title track a blissful listen. ‘Barbaadiyan’ is definitely going to be a hit with the party animals for its peppy beats and catchy lyrics. These two are our picks though the rest of the songs are also hummable but need repeated hearing for recall value.

Verdict

Kunal Deshmukh’s Shiddat begins on a promising note but ends up as a pale cross between a sappy romance and a realistic love story. In one of the scenes in the film, a character equates life to a four-course meal and advises, “Don’t stop at the salads. Savour the appetisers, the main course and the desserts, too or else you will deprive yourself from variety of life. Sadly, Shiddat fails to satiate your taste buds.

We give 2 stars out of 5 for Sunny Kaushal, Radhika Madan, Mohit Raina and Diana Penty starrer Shiddat.

Shiddat: Movie Songs

Song Title: Shiddat – Title Track
Lyrics: Manan Bhardwaj
Music Composer: Manan Bhardwaj
Singer(s): Manan Bhardwaj

Song Title: Akhiyan Udeek Diyan
Lyrics: Manan Bhardwaj
Music Composer: Manan Bhardwaj
Singer(s): Master Saleem

Song Title: Barbaadiyan
Lyrics: Priya Saraiya
Music Composer: Sachin-Jigar
Singer(s): Sachet Tandon, Nikhita Gandhi, Madhubanti Bagchi, Sachin-Jigar

Song Title: Hum Dum
Lyrics: Kunwar Juneja
Music Composer: Gourov Dasgupta
Singer(s): Ankit Tiwari

Song Title: Chitta
Lyrics: Manan Bhardwaj, Traditional
Music Composer: Manan Bhardwaj
Singer(s): Manan Bhardwaj

Song Title: Jug Jug Jeeve
Lyrics: Kausar Munir
Music Composer: Sachin-Jigar
Singer(s): Sachet Tandon, Parampara Tandon, Sachin-Jigar

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