Vijay Galani’s rom-com Loveshhuda's trailer throws forward an interesting cultural and socio-historical challenge to Indian cinema. How far must we go in pursuit of a connection between contemporary morals and nostalgia? That is the tantalising question the film’s exuberant young couple throws forward as the film’s protagonist, after an evening of binging, finds himself in bed with an unfamiliar woman.
The man is Girish Taurani, with his curly hair from Ramaiya Vastavaiya straightened out, while the morals are all curled up…in bed. The girl, who finds herself in bed with the stranger, is Navneet Singh Dhillon, a Miss World pageant winner hoping to strike it big in Bollywood with a role that is a few pegs sassier than what nice girls generally play in desi rom-coms.
There is also a delicious catch to the one-night-stand. Taurani is to get married the following day. And not to the girl he finds himself in bed with.
And while this saga of a one-night raga unfolds, there is Vishal Dadlani with his own billowing alaap in the background…Aaj phir peene ki tamannah hai…The line borrows the immortal lyricist Shailendra’s song of freedom for the unforgettable Rosy (Waheeda Rehman) in Vijay Anand’s Guide and turns into a modern Bacchanalia.
Vishal Dadlani’s belts out the boozed-out song with gusto and Taurani, hair flattened out, seems to have fun with the lyrics.
The trailer is fun to watch. The film seems to have been made with the express purpose of re-launching Girish Taurani with a vehicle that teases and provokes without crossing the limits.
There is even a moment in the trailer where a sassy girl gives us guru gyan on sex. “If you don’t look deep into the eyes of the one you fall in love with, then you end up having bad sex for the next seven years.”
Ah, that figures.
Loveshhuda , I suspect , may turn out to be the surprise of the season. It certainly looks fresh and inviting.
Watch the trailer here: