‘Shubh Mangal Saavdhan’ is a story of two lovebirds, Mudit (Ayushmann Khurrana) and Sugandha (Bhumi Pedenkar) who fall for each other but none approaches the other. Sugandha is waiting for Mudit to make the first move and when he does, things bear-ly go his way. Nevertheless, Digital India gets to his aid and helps him send a proposal online and they eventually fall in love and decide to get married. To add to their happiness their respective families also agree for this union. But the twist in the tale comes when Mudit discovers that he suffers from Erectile Dysfunction.
The director takes the touchy subject of Erectile Dysfunction which men don’t even feel like talking about, into a piece of art that one would enjoy without being insensitive about it and quite a funny one too. In just 119 minutes of duration, the film makes an amazing package with amazing dialogues, a good background score and amazing performances to back the bold script. The cherry on the cake was the lead pair’s chemistry which doesn’t come across too forced – an absolutely essential element when dealing with such a sensitive ‘Gents problem’, as they call it in the film. The supporting cast playing their family is as effortlessly natural as they could be.
The sensitive sequences are peppered by humor but it never gets indecent. Especially the crucial scene where the film really picks up when the lovers decide to have sex but fail. The makers deserve loads of credit for handling such a taboo topic so beautifully. Unfortunately, for some reason, the writers come up with an unconvincing turning point towards the end, followed by a few more absurd sequences, including a seemingly forced cameo and before you realize it becomes very difficult to hold on and understand what’s going on and why.
Ayushmann Khurrana delivers a yet another smashing performance after BAREILLY KI BARFI. His monologue in the second half makes you realize that he is one of the best actors around! Bhumi Pednekar is in top form too and gives a performance which is as terrific as her previous two films (DUM LAGA KE HAISHA and TOILET- EK PREM KATHA). Her dilemma and the way she manages a performance in confrontational scenes are noteworthy. Seema Pahwa (Vimla, Sugandha’s mother) is too good and the star from the very first scene. The actors playing Sugandha and Mudit’s fathers are also scene stealers and have an important part in the madness, the same goes for Brijendra Kala (Sugandha’s uncle). Gopal Dutt (Doctor) leaves a mark in a special appearance. Anshul Chauhan (Ginni) and Supriya Shukla (Mudit’s mother) are decent.
On the whole, Shubh Mangal Saavdhan is a must watch this weekend.
We give it 3 stars with a kink.
'Shubh Mangal Saavdhan' is a story of two lovebirds, Mudit (Ayushmann Khurrana) and Sugandha (Bhumi Pedenkar) who fall for each other but none app...3.0