Movie: Shubh Mangal Saavdhan
Director: RS Prasanna
Producer: Aanand L Rai, Krishika Lulla
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
Shubh Mangal Saavdhan introduces us to Ayushmann Khurrana’s Mudit, a small town guy with a big “gents” problem, who hopes for a happy marriage and resorts to finding the perfect match for himself online, and he does so in Bhumi Pednekar’s Sugandha. The parents meet over an online video chat window and decide that Mudit and Sugandha should get married. Soon, the love story, which is at the heart of this flick, begins to shape up and all hell breaks loose when Ayushmann Khurrana’s Mudit realises that he, well, couldn’t “get it up” in the midst of a steamy make out session, and that’s when you know that things are going to get complicated, heart-warming and really hilarious, which it is till the very end.
The film deals with Erectile Dysfunction, and quite surprisingly, without using the word ‘penis’ even once. Guess it only takes a writer of RS Prasanna’s caliber to pull that off.
Right from the word go, the film is light and breezy and the credit goes to Ayushmann and Bhumi, who seem to have carried their previous roles into this film, which works very well for them. The film is laced with a lot of funny moments and has a tonne of sexual innuendos which are delivered by the fantastic Seema Pahwa as she reads out from her diary where she has, quite poetically, written down about what happened on her wedding night. You are bound to laugh until your stomach aches and your cheeks are bound to turn into big fat red cherries.
A lot of credit goes to the fantastic ensemble cast and the light and breezy writing which follows the philosophy “There’s unmatchable charm in the simplicity of a small town”. The film itself takes off by keeping in mind that philosophy and how.
All in all, the film is in no way preachy and yet educational. It is one of those few films that we have been really delighted to see this year. A must watch, we say!