Shubh Mangal Savdhaan

Cast- Ayushmann Khurran, Bhumi Pednekar, Brijendra Kala, Seema Pahwa, Chittaranjan Tripathy, Supriya Shukla

Director- R. S.Prasanna

Writer- Hitesh Kewalya, R.S prasanna

Is a breezy little love story of a couple which overcomes the hindrances that are followed by the man’s performance anxiety and the ensuing chaos.

First of all, the writer director team deserves a complete thumbs up for having dealt with a very unconventional subject in a light hearted manner but not lightly. It weaves the issue with perfect wit and humour and not letting crassness creep by even an iota.

The story is based around Delhi’s middle class families and the makers use Delhi,Haridwar as backdrop very well. The usual north Indian marriage milleu has been put to ample use to entertain us.

The dialogues are definitely the star here which ensured that the issue was discussed with suggestive overtones and provided good humour too.

The first half of the film focuses on the blooming love story and discovery of the problem. The second part that deals with ensuing chaos sags a little but continues to entertain. By this time, I guess the makers got a little lost in their efforts to continue the issue and keep us entertained. Hence some unrealistic situations and unnecessary twists. The climax specially seems quite muddled up.

The fine set of actors contributed in a big way to make the characters real and relatable.

Ayushmann as the loving, loveable and vulnerable groom- to-be is quite at ease with his character. Bhumi has kind of mastered that feisty, outspoken , middle class girl/bahu. It remains to be seen how comfortable she would be in other roles that are any different from the ones she has done so far.

Seema Pahwa is once again as great as she was in Bareilly ki Barfi. She’s a delight to watch. Brijendra Kala also manages to stand out because of his unique style irrespective of the length of his role.

Music and lyrics by Tanishk and Vayu are pleasant to hear and have an earthy quality to them.

The movie can be commended for the taboo issue it deals with while keeping us entertained. It has many laugh out aloud moments and subtle humour in many more but do not expect it to be a laugh riot. The romance has a very breezy and real feel to it but does not wow you. Since the plot is not very expansive, the pace is slow.

It might not be an outstanding product overall but definitely worth a dekko.

Score 7 on 10.

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