Shubh Mangal Savdhan : (2017) Movie Review
Shubh Mangal Savdhan : Now it’s definitely an Herculean task to make an ‘adult comedy’ without really including any adult content but producers Anand L Rai & Krishika Lulla successfully manage to dish out a clean adult comedy backed strongly by director R S Prasanna.
Mudit ( Khurana) is a upper middle class North Indian boy who falls hopelessly in love with the simple & sober Sugandha ( Pednekar). Hesitating to approach her directly he sends feelers through an ‘arranged’ online matrimony. Two days prior to the wedding he discovers he suffers from erectile dysfunction & that leads to hilarious situations when revealed to other family members. How the couple cope up with the issue & ‘stand up’ successfully in the ‘climax’ forms the Crux of this romantic comedy.
The director had already directed the south version of this movie in 2013 & is spot on in his direction, the running time of hardly 105 minutes is a plus point. Dialogues are excellent and the only weak point is the screenplay with multiple loopholes. Music is passable & editing worth appreciating.
Aayushman Khurana plays the new age ‘Boy next door’ impressively & plays his part with sincerity. Bhumi Pednekar is fantastic & deserves more work than what she’s getting in Bollywood. The supporting cast comprising mostly of theatre artistes like Chittaranjan, Brijendra Kala etc are supportive. The real hero of the film is Seema Pahwa as the heroine’s mom who performs with uninhibited finesse & mouths her most cringiest dialogues with grace & aplomb.
A medical condition like erectile dysfunction may not be a subject for comical wits yet the director manages to evoke laughter for several sequences revolving around it and nobody should have any ‘hard feelings’ against it. When the heroine’s father takes Mudit to a veterinarian in order to help in solving his problem it only leads to more hilarity. The scene where the heroine’s mom is educating her about the birds and bees by giving an analogy of Alibaba and the cave is simply outstanding & the writer deserves brownie points for it. The director also exposes the narrow minded Indian mentality wherein it’s the girl who is blamed even if the boy has any problems, like in this case the heroine is asked to marry a banana tree first in order to heal the hero’s medical issues.
Sincere effort which starts off well & is supported by some very impressive performances, the only hiccups are the weak Screenplay and an over dramatic pre-climax which could’ve been avoided considering the entire movie had a very realistic ‘slice of life’ feel to it.