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Shubh Mangal Saavdhan  : Comedy That Doesn’t Climax
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Friday, September 1, 2017
Rs Prasanna
Bhumi Pednekar, Ayushmann Khurrana, Manuj Sharma, Anshul Chauhan

If the really funny trailer ‘raised’ expectations, the film itself soon droopslike the hero’s ‘non-performance’. You may find double meaning in the key wordsof this review for ‘arousing’ and ‘climaxing’ is all that really stands out or stands up in this messy screenplay. When somebody tells Mudit the hero, ‘Tum chhoti baat ko bada bana rahe ho’, he retorts that it’s precisely what he’s been trying to achieve all along. So a chuckle or two is in store but truly, the trailer tickled more than the film.


Mudit and Sugandha are engaged to be married and she’s quite okay with a pre-marital romp which, as the trailer has already revealed, ends like a biscuit gone limp. So far so good and what’s commendable is that despite going into territory that Hindi cinema doesn’t normally venture into, the remake of the Tamil film Kalyana Samayal Sapada stays clean, comic and chuckle-worthy. Like effortless actress Seema Pahwa discussing the birds and the bees with her daughter. Or Sugandha making a dig at Digital India.


However, the small town feel seems a bitlaboured. I mean it’s all there. An uncle wanting attention as the eldest in the family. Illogical squabbles in a wedding party. But somewhere the sur, the note that’s struck by writer Hitesh Kewalya and director RS Prasanna is offkey.


The only consistency is that every second linepuns on the hero’s dilemma or the gents’ problem, as Mudit puts it. It’s like the dialogue writer was given only a one-line brief: keep going below the belt. Otherwise, several situations which had the potential for great humour, manage to slump like a clumsy lover.For instance, after Mudit finds that he can’t perform like a man is expected to, he meets Sugandha to call off the wedding. And she like any understanding fiancée wants to go ahead with the marriage. But the coffee shop meeting which could’ve been both emotional and rollicking ends up as neither. It’s the same when Mudit goes with Sugandha’s father to a vet to fix his performance anxiety. It could’ve been great fun but weakensafter a promising take-off.   


While the beginning will find an audience for the mirth in the double entendre, the second half sags with a series of scenes that don’t add up. There are confounding situations like the food suddenly running out and the bridegroom stepping in to stir a cauldron and feed everybody. Or Mudit having an uncalled-for showdown with his parents in front of a crowd and a really aimless guest appearance by Jimmy Shergill.


With a rocket taking on a double meaning even in the background number Rocket saiyyan, it’s a missile that repeatedly misfires. The end too is limp, and that again is a pun.


Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar don’t make the most glamorous couple and I wouldn’t call them flawless performers. But they do have comic timing and easy chemistry.


For a cheeky comedy that unfortunately turns as flaccid as the hero’s condition, Shubh Mangal Saavdhan gets a 2.5* rating.


Reviewed by
Bharathi S Pradhan

Senior Journalist & Author
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