Shubh Mangal Saavdhan Movie Review: No Dysfunction Here, SMS Stands Tall
Filmmaker Aanand L. Rai entertained us to the hilt with his Tanu Weds Manu series and Raanjhanaa and whether he managed to impress me with his latest offering, Shubh Mangal Saavdhan or not let’s find out. Mudit gets engaged to his love interest by sending her a request on a matrimonial site. The two adore each other but things take a turn when during an intimate moment, just a few days before marriage, Mudit realizes that he can’t ‘get it up’. Sugandha decides to stand by her man’s side but soon their respective families get a whiff of Mudit’s ‘gents problem’ and what happens then forms the rest of the plot. Ayushmann Khurrana plays Mudit and the role is tailor made for him. The actor impresses with his acting chops and his spontaneity makes his character all the more adorable. He is endearing and intense as the doting lover, who is ready to fight the world for his ladylove. Bhumi Pednekar is sincere as Sugandha and looks every bit of the typical Delhi girl that she is playing. The three-film-old actress leaves us in her awe, yet again. The duo’s onscreen chemistry is also quite heartwarming and seems legit. Seema Pahwa is in top form and elicits maximum chuckles with her unintentionally funny dialogues. Brijendra Kala as Bhumi’s uncle will remind you of that one relative, who is never happy with anything. The rest of the supporting cast too has done an awesome job. Director R.S. Prasanna’s quirky film talks about ‘erectile dysfunction’, a topic which till now was not explored by Bollywood and the treatment of the film makes you savour every single sequence. The makers have dealt with a serious problem in an entertaining and hilarious way and that’s what makes this film a winner. I guarantee you will laugh your hearts out while watching this fun ride. The film has been shot in Delhi and Haridwar and perfectly captures the spirit of a middle-class Indian wedding. This film and its characters strike a chord as they are very relatable. There is no show-sha, no over-the-top sequences, no foreign locations, here content is the king. There is not one dull moment in this laugh riot. The songs are melodious and the background score helps build the narrative. This is the most entertaining film of 2017 and is a must watch this weekend.