Genre: Comedy, Romantic Comedy
Release Date: 1st September, 2017
Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Bhumi Pednekar, Brijendra Kala, Seema Pahwa
Writer/Director: R.S. Prasanna
Producer/s: Aanand L Rai, Krishika Lulla
Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan Trailer Review: Aanand L Rai’s Shubh Mangal Saavdhan (2017) starring Ayushmann Khurrana & Bhumi Pednekar was a Box Office hit. R.S.Prasanna directed film had a light-hearted take on erectile dysfunction which worked well with the audience.
Now Aanand & Ayushmann are back with a sequel and this time they have a gay love story as the central plot. Directed by Hitesh Kewalya, Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan features digital star and everyone’s favourite Jeetu Bhaiyya aka Jitendra Kumar opposite Ayushmann Khurrana.
The trailer of Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan finally released today. As we all know making a gay love story in India is still a big risk to take. People at large still feel awkward to see two people of same s*x romancing each other on the big screen and that too in a mainstream film. We’ve already seen the fate of Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga which released earlier last year.
The makers of Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan, therefore, have extra responsibility here. They have to keep things as light and relatable as possible and must not take any risk regarding the treatment. The end product should be entertaining as well. While there’s a lot of trust value that comes with the name of Ayushmann and Aanand, it’s the trailer only which creates the lasting impression and convinces a huge section of the audience whether or not to watch a movie.
The trailer of Shubh Mangal Saavdhan works because the makers seem to understand the pulse of the audience. While it doesn’t hold itself back from shouting out loud that the story will have two boys loving and romancing each other, the large part of storytelling seems to have humour involved. This means that it won’t be difficult for the audience to watch a film that can otherwise make them awkward. The humour is apt, relatable and enjoyable. Both actors Ayushmann & Jitendra promise big with this film and the supporting star-cast is a bonus. Actors like Gajraj Rao, Neena Gupta, Manu Rishi, and others seem to have added a great value in the overall narrative.
However, I didn’t like the way makers have promoted stereotypes while trying to bash those. Ayushmann as a gay man has been shown wearing a nosering which is such a cliche. Also, the production values look lower but that could be a conscious and wise decision to cut cost.
Overall, Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan’s trailer promises a progressive love story with a good dose of entertainment. However, the purpose of the film seems to have taken a back foot for the sake of stereotypes.
Rating: Three & Half Stars
Shubh Mangal Saavdhan Movie Review : Rating: 3.5/5 Stars (Three and a half stars)
Star Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Bhumi Pednekar, Brijendra Kala, Seema Pahwa
Director: R S Prasanna
What’s Good: The balance between going vulgar & explaining something very adult, performances by everyone (By everyone, I meant even the guy who plays band in the wedding)
What’s Bad: Swaying away from reality in 2nd half & nothing
Loo Break: Umm, only if you want to miss a brilliant scene (Because there are many at regular intervals)
Watch or Not?: Unquestionably! Watch & laugh your heart aloud throughout the film.
The film starts with ‘The great Indian tamasha’ – wedding as framed by Sugandha Joshi (Bhumi Pednekar). 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’.
Rest of the film is covered tackling this very adult issue under a layer of some gut-busting moments. How Sugandha reacts when she gets to know the issue and how both of their parents react is what carries the story forward. When you’ve mounted a hill of some hilarious sequences, you’ve to end the film with a proper ending. Watch it to know will you get a good climax along with Mudit & Sugandha.
Shubh Mangal Saavdhan Movie Review: Script Analysis
R S Prasanna starts the movie using a montage of the scenes from old films to explain the current situation, this is the moment you get sure of the film being amazing. Full marks to him for how he hasn’t blurred the lines to explain something which is not easy to say. The way Bhumi Pednekar’s parents tell her to touch her in laws feet through a video call explains the intensity of realism the film has. Loyalness, Pass out (Passed away), Untouched by hand are just a few examples of how writer Hitesh Kewalya grabs the nerves of common people expressing themselves using such silly words. The movie stands still on 4 pillars – the concept, the performances, the writing and R S Prasanna.
A family drama based on Erectile Dysfunction based on the plot of a wedding – this is something which would’ve been rejected a few years back. Thanks to people like R S Prasanna who aren’t afraid to explore the places never been visited before. Yes! The second half has come cliches but once you starting making out with your loved one you can’t complain of some missed opportunities (Now! I couldn’t have explained better than giving a relatable example with the film).
Shubh Mangal Saavdhan Movie Review: Star Performance
Sign of a great actor is being underrated even after giving some memorable performances. This shows people expect more from you. This doesn’t mean they don’t know you’re a great actor, this means you could be the greatest. Vicky Donor, Dum Laga Ke Haisha and now this, Ayushmann Khurrana is one man who lives each of his characters to the fullest. It would be an understatement to say he was brilliant in the film. Bhumi Pednekar spreads her magic from the first frame. She nails her accent and how! She looks as sweet as her accent in the film.
This is one such film which relies on each every supporting character. From Ayushmann Khurrana’s parents & relatives to Bhumi Pednekar’s parents & relatives – everyone shines. As they say, a film is never about performances by leads, it’s all about performances by the people apart from the leads. This film falls into that perfect zone.