This is a Hindi remake of the Tamil film “Kalyana Samayal Samaadhan” (2013) which was also directed by RS Prasanna himself. Many a times, it happens that while changing the language and the location many films get lost in translation. RS Prasanna has managed to cherish the universal subject which could fit well in Chennai as well as in Delhi aptly and would cater the audiences in Urban, Suburban and Small Towns. That’s the great factor about “Shubh Mangal Saavdhan”, it caters the subject and the audience in a compromised yet appealing way. The thing I didn’t like about the Tamil film is that it’s too long with 5 songs, repetitiveness and gets tedious. With this film, RS Prasanna and his writer have managed to make a precise and crisp version which runs only for 1 hour 44 minutes.
Muddit (Ayushmann Khurana) is about to marry Sugandha (Bhumi Pednekar) but he suffers from “gents problem” and what follows is a crisis situation until a happy marriage. The director doesn’t waste much time in setting up characters and quickly comes to the point. The narrative is simple and holds till the end, without getting tedious. With metaphors and quirky dialogues (which are tickling and create havoc at times), the word “erectile dysfunction” or “penis” is never uttered. Instead of which, they have mind-blowing metaphors like a biscuit or the story of Alibaba and his cave. This your usual story with an unusual insert (laughs) which does preach about the patriarchal society where a man’s problem is treated like a fault in the woman.
In a particular scene, the whole family of the bridegroom is introduced in a single screen theater (playing a C-Grade film), where they are watching the commercial featuring their relative. The characters are quirky yet realistic to some extent. The Mother who writes an erotic story of her honeymoon but refrains from using the word “sex” or the Uncle who always digs things out and blabbering about budget or the bear who catches Muddit when he goes to talk to Sugandha for the first time, such characters making the film interesting. The Direction is commendable but it suffers the worst problem with its pre-climax and climax, a clichéd (useless) guest appearance and unrealistic pre-climax takes the film down. Though Muddit and Sugandha’s real climax (you know what I mean) takes of like a rocket, literally.
We have seen Ayushmann and Bhumi in just few days back but here they are delightful and fresh together. Ayushmann Khurana is a charming actor, never lets his characters down. Bhumi Pednekar still needs acting class. The supporting cast is mind-blowing, thanks to Mukesh Chhabra for a brilliant ensemble. Rest of the technicalities like the (handful) songs and background score are good and melodious, limited usage. Definitely, worth a watch.
The setting of the film is on the lines of “Dum Laga Ke Haisha” (2015) and “Bareilly Ki Barfi” (2017), but they were set in small towns and this is set in an urban city with small town feel. Nevertheless, it doesn’t disappoint. Can love survive without sex?
Release: 1 September, 2017
Director: RS Prasanna
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