Title : Shubh mangal saavdhan
Language : Hindi
Release date : 1st September, 2017
Director : Rs Prasanna
Written by : Hitesh Kewalya
Cast : Ayushmann Khurrana, Bhumi Pednekar, Seema Pahwa and Brijendra Kala amongst others
Review : This movie pulls off a demure charm like no movie in the recent past has, (or may be Bareilly ki barfi did to a good extent). Which confirms north-Indian middle class plots with a marriage as a foundation for the plot is much in vogue, but this one is light handed on the and breezy and doesn’t pummel you with it.
It is a remake of Kalyana Samayal Saadham (2013), a couple (Sugandha and Mudit) is about to have a love-arranged-love marriage and the groom discovers that he suffers from erectile dysfunction a few weeks before. Now, kudos to dialogues like
Now, this line was borderline cringy and could have totally gone the disgusting way, but we are speaking of Seema Pahwa here, who dialogue delivery made it quite some fun. Then there was,
and okay, last.
Another clever dialogue that could have gone elsewhere but the sincerity with which Ayushmann has portrayed it saves it, is when Sugandha’s father takes him to a doctor and tries to explain to him the situation
and the doctor calms him down by saying this is only performance anxiety and will eventually be taken care of and then this dialogue takes place.
Doctor: “Tum Choti Si Baat Ko Bada Bana Rahe Ho!”
Mudit (Ayushmann Khurrana): “Yaar Wohi Toh Nahi Kar Paa Raha Hu Doctor Sahab!
The father-in-law is pretty fumed up and threatens Mudit to get his issue (e)rectified, by saying, “Yeh problem agar thik nai hui na, toh shaadi todne me jhijhak nai hogi merko” to which the hero says, “Todke dikha do Sasur ji, aapki beti ko na bhaga k le jaunga“. This, I feel was a good testimony of their love and understanding inspite of the “gents problem” that they now were experiencing. Where on one side these are the examples of good writing, one can find moments where all this too much, like when Seema Pahwa’s character keeps saying, “Ali baba ko gufa tak pahuchna hi hoga” and all. I mean, I had had enough of that analogy half way through the film. Also, the short guest appearance was as unnecessary and equally ineffective.
Not to forget though, my favourite scene in the movie is when the baaraat (wedding procession) reaches the venue of the wedding, in Haridwar and when the hero is still upset and gives a very dry response to his welcome, which upsets the bride and the following scene is my favourite in the film. I don’t want to spoil it for those who haven’t watched it yet. So, will refrain from going into the details. But for those who have, I hope you know what I am talking about. 😀
Rating : Overall quite enjoyable, I wish the 2nd half was better. To make a movie on this is brilliant though if you notice, they never even speak “erectile dysfunctioen”, and “sex”, maybe just once. With this, I feel more mature and off-beat cinema is about to enter the film arena. I will go with 3.5/5.
PS: 1. I can’t believe I had finished writing this blog about 3 days ago and completely forgot to post it.
2. I am really sorry for the non-Hindi-speaking readers here, they totally would have missed this. 😛
Better content coming soon for them. 🙂