Yeh ishq nahi aasaan ,
Bas itna samajh lijiye,
Iq aag ka dariya hai,
Aur doob ke jaana hai…
These lines explain how every era has a heartwarming love story to tell, the insurgence of lovers to confront and unconventional elements that make the love story one-of-a-kind. An upcoming film, Shuddh Desi Romance although beats around Bollywood’s old staple – a love triangle – yet brings forth one such love story which takes a daring chance in conservative Indian society.
Breaking the shackles of societal norms the film is a rebellious take on the quintessential love story. Every character is face-off with the unsolved mysteries of love, commitment and attraction. However, the film which has a tadka of love, a tinge of comedy and a serving of desi romance picks up this desi story from the surroundings.
We dig in a few places in the crowded, colorful city of Mumbai were we find the buds, blossoming into ‘Desi‘ romance:
The bhuna (roasted) bhutta, teeth-chattering ice golas, sweet-sour paani-puri and the gushing waves that wash your feet, makes beaches the most sought-after destination for the budding desi romance. The Chowpatty-waali bhel and the Ghoda-Gaadi ride (referred to as Victoria – a name given to these horse-carts that are still quite a favorite amongst many) are few other reasons why you’d often find the lovers cosying up on and around Mumbai’s beaches and other sea-facing areas. Juhu beach, Marve and Aksa are well-known as the lovers’ spots. Adding to that list is Worli Sea-face, Marine Drive, Bandra’s Bandstand and Carter Road.
“Pyaar ke itihas mein shaheed hue naujawano ke naam aur unke nishaan tumhe yahan milenge.” Although, that was a tad-bit filmy, these historically-essential public properties which are now in ruins are yet another place invaded by lovers. Bandra Fort and Vasai Fort are two forts where you’d often find love birds pecking. However, if Bandra and Vasai are too stuffy then one can sure try Elephanta Caves. #JustSaying.
Commuting via road or otherwise you’d often see romance aficionados in a tight embrace alongside a flyover. The moment one thinks of flyovers a picture of Bandra Reclamation flashes by which goes without saying why! However, not just Bandra Reclamation but slowly the love-infected humans are crowding the flyovers all over Mumbai.
A National Daily defines skywalks as a road above hell. Indeed, it is that and a heaven for the umpteen Laila-Majnus too. Overlooking the crowded station roads of Mumbai, elated by the “horn-y” music let out by the vehicles, lovers enjoy their sweet talks, salty fights (and even the bitter ones), on these skywalks. After beaches, forts and flyovers, skywalks are lovers’ fourth favorite stop to stand (and/or sit) and chat.
Bus stops remain a highly-unconventional yet intimidating spot for lovers. Right from the retro era till date, this is a favored spot for lovers. Now with bus stops furnished, spick and span, love birds are seen not just holding hands and engaged in lovey-dovey talks, but they earn their majors in love-making, right here! Hail the bus stops. B.E.S.T Zindabad!
Over and above the aforementioned locations, the most-inexpensive hangouts for coupling and enjoying connubial bliss, these desi turfs, however, come with a statutory warning “Beware of the Mamus’ (cops)”.