Shubh Mangal Saavdhan

‘Shubh Mangal Saavdhan’ movie review By DIVYA SOLGAMA

Expectations:
When it comes to our Hindi films related to sex, ninety nine percent of films made under this genre are only to titillate its audience. The makers either indulge in making sex-comedies or erotic thriller or erotic love stories. It’s just that the remaining one percent film makers tried to use this subject as essential part of their screenplay. Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s ‘Sab Se Bada Sukh’ is one of the first such attempt by any film maker followed by some films like ‘B.A Pass’, ‘Vicky Donor’ and few more. In between there was a film known as ‘Sumbandh’ starring Vinod Mehra and Rati Agnihotri tried touching a bold and daring subject related to impotency, but failed to even get noticed. The others started using sexual problems as part of their comical track and shyed away from even touching the right core of it. Ayushmann Khurrana’s latest film ‘Shubh Mangal Saavdhan’ dares to venture into the world of erectile dysfunction and that too in a light and breezy manner. Thus, let’s find out whether ‘Shubh Mangal Saavdhan’ will manage to do right justice to this untouched genre or might end up among all those films which are made only to titillate its audience due to its bold one liner topic.

Story:
‘Shubh Mangal Saavdhan’ is a story of Mudit Sharma (Ayushmann Khurrana) who is in love with Sugandha (Bhumi Pednekar). A shy natured Mudit fails to share his feeling with Sugandha and thus sends an online marriage proposal to her. Sugandha’s parents (Neeraj Sood and Seema Pahwa) agress to Mudit’s proposal. Mudit and Sugandha start knowing each other and in a heat of moment decides to get physically intimate with each other. Sadly, at that point Mudit discovers his problem of erectile dysfunction due to which he is confused over his marriage with Sugandha. Before Mudit and Sugandha could resolve this problem, everyone around them starts knowing about it and what happens next is what the entire film is all about.

Screenplay & Technical Details:
The basic story idea is short and simple. The treatment is outstanding and the screenplay in the first half of the film is highly engaging as well as entertaining. There are back to back enjoyable scenes such as the entire introduction of Ayushmann and Bhumi with refferances of movie montages, Bhumi’s family argument in a cinema hall, video conference between Ayushmann and Bhumi’s family, the entire confusion at the time of Ayushmann and Bhumi’s engagement, Ayushmann and Bhumi trying to make love followed by brilliant description of his problem, Seema Pahwa giving sex education to Bhumi with the refferances of Alibaba tales from the Arabian Nights, Bhumi consoling Ayushmann over his problem, Neeraj Sood taking with Ayushmann over his problem, Ayushmann re-entering at marriage venue followed by Ayushmann’s meeting with doctor leading to entire family wating for Ayushmann and Bhumi to come out from the room and few more. The second half also keeps the fun quotient intact leading to a weak, lethargic, repetitive and illogical finale. The last fifteen twenty minutes are among the worst part of the film. The makers have tried hard not to cross the tine line of vulgarity and keeps displaying the main problem with the help of different metaphors. Sadly, after a given point these scenes seems like forced and repetitive. The simple topic is stretched to its fullest with some illogical situations and terrible climax shot related to the cable car. A taboo subject like erectile dysfunction being shared to entire family members seems unconvincing and impractical as it goes ahead. The makers instantly displays the main problem of Ayushmann but takes entire time to resolve it. The emotional connect is nowhere to be seen in this movie. There are few unexplained or unwanted scenes in the movie which fails to get with the flow of the film. The dialogues by Hitesh Kewalya are highly hilarious and witty to its fullest. The cinematography is good and goes perfectly with the flow of the film.

Music:
The music by Tanishk-Vayu is average and fails to get registered with its audience. ‘Kanha’ will remind you of a song from ‘Shool’ and has been brilliantly placed. ‘Rocket Saiyyan’ is enjoyable. Rest all songs fail to match up to high expectations.
Direction:
Director R. S Prasamma comes up with a refreshing topic and presents it with total grace. Without even getting inside the necessities of the genre, the movie shines out on its own merits. The director does not cross the thin line of vulgarity and does his part with total conviction. It’s only that the over the top climax and repetitive scenes along with impractical situations in the climax ruins the entire fun.

Performances:
Ayushmann Khurrana looks great and does his part with total grace. Bumi Pednekar is fantastic in her character and shines out in the emotional scenes. Neeraj Sood, Seema Pawha, Brijendra Kaale, Chittranjan Tripathy and others lend outstanding support. Jimmy Shergill’s cameo was totally unwanted.

Final Verdict:
So on an overall basis ‘Shubh Mangal Saavdhan’ is a quirky take on India’s taboo problem related to erectile dysfunction. The movie has plenty of hilariously enjoyable moments which will keep you entertained for the most of the film. It’s just that the thin plot needed additional support to stay firm throughout the film. After a decent foreplay, the finale of this movie works like an anticlimax.
Rating – 3/5 [Source – Bollywood Times]