Shubh Mangal Saavdhan

Shubh Mangal Saavdhan Movie Review 2017: Comedy That Doesn't Climax

CRITIC'S RATING    2.5/5
AVG READERS' RATING:    3.0/5
Movie Name
Shubh Mangal Saavdhan
DIRECTION
R.S. Prasanna
GENRE
Comedy, Romance
DURATION
01 hours 59 minutes

Shubh Mangal Saavdhan Review

If the really funny trailer ‘raised' expectations, the film itself soon droops like the hero's ‘non-performance'. You may find the double meaning in the key words of 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 Saadham 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 bit labored. 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 off-key.

The only consistency is that every second line puns on the hero's dilemma or the gents' problem, as Mudit put 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 humor, 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 weakens after 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 everybody 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 is also 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.

Analysis

    Direction
    3/5
  • Dialogues
    3/5
  • Story
    3/5
  • Music
    3/5
  • Screen Play
    2/5

The Verdict

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 everybody and a really aimless guest appearance by Jimmy Shergill.A cheeky comedy, unfortunately, turns as flaccid as the hero’s condition with writing that goes haywire. Shubh Mangal Savdhan gets a 2.5* rating.


 

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