Shiddat Movie Review: Disney+Hotstar film Shiddat is old wine in a new bottle, but the one that will make you say cheers. Directed by Kunal Deshmukh, the film stars Radhika Madan, Sunny Kaushal, Mohit Raina and Diana Penty.
All you need is love, crooned the iconic Beatles in the Swinging Sixties. Cut to 2021 and director Kunal Deshmukh still doesn’t wish to differ with his cinematic offerings on love and relationship. Hence, Shiddat! Starring Radhika Madan as Kartika Negi, Sunny Kaushal as Jaggi Sehgal, Mohit Raina as Gautam Kapoor and Diana Penty as Ira Sharma, the Disney+Hotstar flick is yet another example that times have changed but love stories in Hindi films won’t.
That said, bad is what Shiddat is not. Yes, it is rather a very long attempt to show the same old Yash Raj-themed love story, but it is a one-time watch for people who are looking for good time pass entertainment. There is comedy, romance, many contrived emotional scenes and loss, but one can sit down and watch this fairly presented film.
Shiddat opens with Gautam Kapoor (Mohit Raina) and Ira Sharma (Diana Penty) taking French classes together. While Gautam, an Indian Foreign Service officer, learns the language for a promotion at his job, Ira, a social worker, wants to go to Paris. They fall in love with each other despite their differences. In no time they tie the knot. At their wedding reception party, they meet Jaggi Sehgal (Sunny Kaushal), the guy who crashes their wedding.
Jaggi is a happy-go-lucky person, who plays hockey for the Punjab state team. At the reception party, Jaggi gets so inspired by Gautam’s love philosophy that he makes up his mind that if he ever falls in love, he’ll go to any lengths for it. A few months later Jaggi meets Kartika Negi (Radhika Madan). She is a young and smart swimmer, who bumps into Jaggi at their sports complex. While Jaggi is our pind da munda, Kartika lives with her parents in London, UK. She comes to India to win a swimming championship before she gets married.
Jaggi and Kartika start on a bitter note, but in no time she realises that she is attracted to him. While Kartika wins the championship, Jaggi ends up getting heartbroken as he comes to know that the love of his life is getting married to someone else. Kartika leaves for London and Jaggi decides to go after her, break her wedding and spend life with her.
For Shiddat, the fault lies in that there is emphasis placed on melodrama and forced dialogues. But the acting of the actors somehow makes up for that. Sunny Kaushal’s dialogue deliveries and convincing performance will win your heart. Though Radhika Madan and Diana Penty get extremely limited screen time in comparison to their male counterparts, the ladies leave a mark as free-spirited, practical and open-minded women. And lastly, Mohit Raina, without whom Shiddat would have looked like another failed attempt to remake DDLJ (Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge). His effortless acting is pleasant to watch. For director Kunal Deshmukh, who has made films like Tum Mile and Jannat, Shiddat is not the best he has delivered so far. But, he did extract outstanding performances from the principal cast.