REVIEW : SHUBH MANGAL SAAVDHAN
Actor Ayushmann Khurana is perhaps the only actor in the world today who has played the roles of a sperm donor at one end of the spectrum and at the other end the role of a person who can’t make it “hard enough” (erectile dysfunction, if you would like to call it in the medical parlance). He did the first role in the comedy VICKY DONOR and now in producer Aanand Rai’s latest SHUBH MANGAL SAAVDHAN, he plays the latter role. And in both these roles, he excels in emoting the feelings of someone who has experienced the power of “hardness” and is weighed down by “softness”. But that’s not the only reason why SHUBH MANGAL SAAVDHAN works!
Aanand Rai, who is well known for producing romcoms like TANU WEDS MANU and it’s enormously successful sequel, settles for a remake of a 2013 Tamil Film KALYAAN SAMEL SAADAM (Rice of the wedding feast) and utilizes the same director R S Prasanna who had penned the story as well. For a first time Bollywood presentation, Prasanna has captured the typical middle-class Delhite ambience superbly. He is aided by very witty writing by Hitesh Kewalya and down to earth performances by the rest of the cast. Bhumi Pednekar gets under the skin of the person who is initially baffled by the situation, but seeks to address it for the future; her mom played by Seema Pahwa (who had played brilliantly in BAREILLY KI BARFI) delivers another outstanding performance. And so do the other members of the family. Mind you, this is not a theme to be laughed at and at the same time the director has to keep the humour continuously flowing. That according to me is the movie’s biggest asset.
True, the end is not as taut as it could have been, it becomes rather limp much like the hero’s problem. But surely, this was not supposed to be a commercial for Viagra, so why complain?
RATING: 4 out of 5
September 1, 2017