Bollywood in ‘A Random Desi Romance’ with TIFF (w/gallery)

Published: September 11, 2013
Shuddh Desi Romance

Parineeti Chopra of ‘Random Desi Romance’ poses at the Guess Portrait Studio during 2013 Toronto International Film Festival on September 11, 2013 in Toronto, Canada. Larry Busacca/AFP/Getty Images

ALMAS MEHERALLY
VANCOUVER DESI

Bollywood actress Parineeti Chopra’s ‘A Random Desi Romance’ or as Indians would most likely call it – ‘Shuddh Desi Romance’ – is one of the 20 Gala presentations and screening tonight at Toronto International Film Festival.

The story, though it claims to be non-formulaic, is a love triangle between Raghu (Sushant Singh Rajput) – a tourist guide in Jaipur, the lively smoker – Gayatri (Parineti Chopra) and his bride – Tara (Vaani Kapoor).

Director Maneesh Sharma of ‘Band Baja Baraati’ fame and screen writer Jaideep Sahni of ‘Chak De! India’ have woven this “unconventional love story” exploring the concept of live-in relationships in India’s small town.

Sharma says the script is about “very real characters and situations” set in a small town in India. “The very urban issues of commitment and love are for the first time being dealt with in small town, which is very quirky, new and refreshing,” Sharma said during a press conference at TIFF.

For Chopra, the character of Gayatri is as different from herself as chalk and cheese – Gayatri is a smoker who’s been around the block and has a list of former boyfriends. In real life, Chopra says she does not smoke, neither does she have a long list of boyfriends. But the character intrigued her, the script was different and that’s what got her to take up the role. “It hits you in the face… It has a relatable script, relatable characters. Fans want to see real stories in films,” she said.

Chopra, who started her career in the film industry as a PR and marketing intern with Yash Raj Films, says she was never interested in acting even though the family had a superstar right at home – cousin Priyanka Chopra. “I was a hotshot banker and I thought acting was beneath me. Only after I worked in the industry… after joining YRF… (I) developed respect for the profession … I wanted to do it,” she said.

When asked if the youngsters are now a generation of escapists and running away from Indian culture and customs, Chopra said “We are a generation of non-conformists. Youngsters don’t go by the rule book anymore… If we are running towards each other or away from each other, is because we are not happy where we are and we are trying to find things that are making us happy.”

Desi.. also stars Bollywood veteran Rishi Kapoor, who the team says “was a learning experience to have on the sets.”

YRF’s next film slated for a Christmas release is Aamir Khan starrer ‘Dhoom 3′ and the production house has also decided to do ‘Paani’ with Shekhar Kapur.

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Check out the press conference here:


Stylish Parineeti Chopra


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Indian Bollywood film actress Parineeti Chopra poses during the promotion of the upcoming Hindi film 'Kill/Dil' directed by Shaad Ali in Mumbai on October 31, 2014. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)


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