New Delhi: Shiddat opens on a heartfelt note, with a head over heels couple exchanging vows and promises at their wedding. What’s more, it continues to move, apparently, from sentimentality to comedy to drama, and actually, from Punjab to Calais to London, with a three-year hop at the time. Everything happens rapidly, and we are fascinated. And afterward the film begins going south, the twist is relentless, and there goes the other half.
All around out of nowhere, the film switches: Jaggi all of a sudden finds himself in a detainment camp near the Coast of France, looking longingly across the English Channel, where his one genuine love lives, who is preparing to get hitched with another. In the meantime, the original lovebirds, Gautam and Ira played by Mohit Raina and Diana Penty, show up as a wedded couple.
Mohit Raina’s role will seem askance a few times in the film. We don’t blame him for this: how would you treat a film in a serious way when the main character who up until now was afraid of a pool, hops into the sea to get to the girl he had always desired? The absurdity continues. Lastly, when the secret of taking a ride on a plane, as a freezing stowaway, comes to the front, we are done.