Shubh Mangal Saavdhan Review

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Plotline: –

Mudit (Ayushmann Khurrana) and Sugandha (Bhumi Pednekar) are engaged and weeks before their marriage (and just after a romantic date of theirs) they decide to make out. But both are flabbergasted when Mudit fails to get an erection and this leaves Mudit devastated even though Sugandha still believes that the problem can be solved.

Can Mudit’s erectal dysfunction be treated? What will happen when both the families get to know about this issue? Will this affect their marriage?

Positive Points: –

  • Honest and naturally funny performances by the whole cast in the film is kinda delightful.
  • The adult jokes are the best parts of the film and the actors have delivered the punches wonderfully too.

Negative Points: –

  • Every non-adult joke in the movie was either unfunny or borderline-comic with most of them seemingly forced into the movie to generate laughs.
  • This movie diluted the serious subject matter of erectile dysfunction during its second half as it boils down to a half-baked romantic-adult comedy which lacked sense.
  • Erectile dysfunction is a male problem both physically and psychologically. It’s effects on other people surrounding the subject is mostly a result of the subject’s behaviour as well as its social implications. Interestingly, Pednekar gets much more screen space than Khurrana (except towards its end) and the psychological pressure of Khurrana’s character gets blatantly forgotten in order to accommodate romance in the film.
  • Many a times, the occurrences of the events as well as the reactions of the characters in the film fall out of place and logic. But then that’s Indian cinema for you folks!

Direction, Script & Other Technicalities: –

There are some interesting moments in this R. S. Prasanna directorial and I would rather not blame his directorial skills in the movie but I would definitely blame him and Hitesh Kewalya for their contribution to the film’s story and screenplay respectively. No doubt the film has its share of funny gigs and romantic moments but a film is not viewed or judged by pieces but as a whole and in that case, the writing of the movie is a let-down. While I appreciate the built up of the main characters and how well a male ego is shown in case of Mudit; I believe that Mudit’s internal struggle is actually brushed aside for no good. Erectile dysfunction is a problem with many people and the movie should have made you feel sorry about them but it doesn’t. The film even takes a nose-dive in its second half as the film characters deal the problem more eccentrically than with sheer maturity (viz. Mudit and Sugandha making out a night before their wedding and people guessing whether he will get an erection or not; Sugandha getting angry on seeing Mudit with his ex, who appeared from nowhere actually, but as he consoles her they hardly talk about him sleeping with his ex) in order to produce some cheap laughs. Some scenes were even added unnecessarily like Jimmy Shergil’s cameo which had nothing to do with the movie’s storyline. This movie reminds me of Behen Hogi Teri which had an awesome first half and an equally detestable second half.

The music of the film is fine but passable. The cinematography and the editing have nothing special to discuss about.

Performances: –

Ayushmann Khurrana is a natural actor and he knows how to present himself on screen. He is completely believable in his avatar and he nails his character pretty convincingly.

Bhumi Pednekar has also done a great job with the film though I believe she needs to work a bit on her dialogue delivery.

Seema Bharghava has done the best work besides the film’s leads and her comic timing as well as her chemistry with Pednekar is awesome.

The rest of the cast too have done wonderful jobs in their respective domains.

Final Verdict: –

Shubh Mangal Saavdhan had everything great in it starting from a strong concept, to a wonderful cast, to its many likeable adult jokes which could have made it an awesome watch but it falls short of being even a good movie. While the masses may like its humour, the classes will be disappointed with its half-hearted attempt to showcase an important issue which got watered down by its eccentric writing and borderline comedy.

RATING: 2.5/5

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