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Shubh Mangal Saavdhan : A Much Needed Comedy!icon

CAST : Ayushmann Khurrana, BhumiPednekar
DIRECTION : R. S. Prasanna
GENRE : Romantic Comedy
DURATION : 1 hour 59 minutes

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Credits : Inox

StoryMudit and Sugandha are all set to marry, however, two days prior to their wedding, Mudit realises he suffers from an erectile dysfunction, which almost sabotages their wedding after both the families get involved. Leading to a comical mess, Mudit attempts to treat his medical condition, using all the possible quacks.

Review How is it that Ayushmann Khurrana always hits the jackpot while dealing with matters below the belt? Between the fertile Vicky in Vicky Donor to ShubhMangalSavdhan's Mudit whose life is slowly limping away (quite literally), Ayushmann has displayed a whole spectrum of acting ability without displaying any performance anxiety what so ever.

The film starts with ‘The great Indian tamasha’ – wedding as framed by Sugandha Joshi (BhumiPednekar). She’s getting engaged with Mudit Sharma (Ayushmann Khurrana). Telling their sweet little flashback story themselves, Sugandha&Mudit fall in this arrange-cum-love-cum-arrange marriage. This is when Mudit tries to explain Sugandha his apparent ‘gents’ problem’.

Ayushmann Khurrana deserves a pat on the back for taking on the role that no mainstream hero would have dared to touch. He delivers a charming performance, though the role doesn’t much of a challenge to the performer in him. BhumiPednekar is going from strength to strength with every release of hers. With just three movies, she is already putting her claim as one of the best actresses in Bollywood. Her girl-next-door image is a refreshing change from the glammed-up dolls we are so used to see.

The film talks about anxiety issues in men, something the audiences need to speak and know about, in times where we discuss gender-parity every day, mentioned Ayushmann. “We talk so much about the physical and mental issues that a woman undergoes; the men somehow are expected to deal with it when the issue is sexual. We have only used metaphors to talk about it here. Anand L Rai, known for his clean family entertainers, is producing the film and that has helped us with the audience trust.” The team added that the film has been made in tune with the tastes of family audiences, and there’s nothing uncomfortable about its treatment.

This is a traditional north Indian family set-up where even a ‘hero’ cannot escape the wrath of the chacha/fufa. For the uncle’s anger to feel genuine or the friend’s taunts to feel real, we also need to know them a little more.There is an almost forced lecture on feminism, few interesting takes on erectile dysfunction and pre-marital sex and some scenes showcasing the typical middle-class, DDA flat-residing families. However, the film does not hold it all together – there are only patches of brilliance and fun in ShubhMangalSaavdhan.

The film, nonetheless, has its moments that make you laugh out loud especially the scene where Sugandha and her mom have a discussion on sex. Of course, the mom doesn’t utter the word and goes ‘hey bhagwan’ when the daughter does. But the analogies of gufa, the porn-poetry the mom claims to have written on her wedding night, all form the perfect package of fun and laughter.Go and see how Bollywood is progressing, go and watch how this is 2017 and we’re ready to watch anything we want.

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