Release Date: 21st February, 2020
Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana
Director: Hitesh Kewalia
Producer: Aanand. L. Rai
Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan Box Office Review: Star Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Jitendra Kumar, Gajraj Rao, Neena Gupta, Maanvi Gagroo, Manu Rishi, Sunita Rajwar
Director: Hitesh Kewalya
Producer: Aanand L Rai, Himanshu Sharma, Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar
Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan Box Office Review: Expectations
When Shubh Mangal Saavdhan released back in 2017, Ayushmann Khurrana was going through a revival phase of his career. Among the last 5 films he had done at that time, 3 were flops (Bewakoofiyaan, Hawaizaada, and Meri Pyaari Bindu) 2 were successful (Dum Laga Ke Haisha & Bareilly Ki Barfi).
SMS which was a light take on erectile dysfunction started slowly at the Box Office but remained steady to emerge a hit. The film was a huge sigh of relief for Ayushmann and his 2nd back to back success after BKB. And then 2018-2019 were big years for his career which totally turned around his Box Office game. In these two years, Ayushamnn didn’t just give Bollywood 5 back to back big hits but also three 100 crore grossers. Ayushmann Khurrana became a star.
Now he starts 2020 with a sequel to Shubh Mangal Saavdhan titled Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan. This time the subject is homos*xuality and Ayushmann is romantically paired with digital star, Jitendra Kumar.
The trailer and music of the film has been liked but it’s a risky subject and it’s tough to expect too much at the Box Office. Also, the film is clashing with another major release Bhoot: Part 1 – The Haunted Ship. Though it’s a Mahashivratri holiday today which along with Ayushmann’s star power will make sure to give it some push.
Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan Box Office Review: Impact
Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan is an entertaining affair which talks about a sensitive subject and uses comedy to make things less awkward for our desi audience. While it works in most of the parts, in others it would have been better if the makers opted for a sensitive way.
The best part about Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan is that every damn character is hilarious AF. Everyone comes together to give you a great time. It’s like talking about homos*xuality with family. Everything is not PERFECT but “baat karne se hi baat banti hai.”
The one-liners and dialogues in the film are also really good. From Jitendra Kumar to Manu Rishi everyone has got some of the deliciously witty ones.
The film is a good first step in mainstream Hindi films to start a conversation about homos*xuality and homophobia. The first task was to reduce the discomfort among Aam Janta and the film does it right.
Overall, Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan will get thumbs up from the audience for the entertainment quotient. It may not impress a section of public as they will find comedy overlapping the general message. Also the chemistry of lead couple may not be that convincing for them but you’ve to understand that everything starts from basic.
Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan Box Office Review: Final Verdict
Shubh Mangal Zyaada Saavdhan has the merits which will help the film generate good word of mouth. It’s a worthy sequel to Shubh Mangal Saavdhan and a good start to “gay love stories” in India. The film will sustain well at the Box Office and will collect somewhere in the 60-75 crores region. All good, though Ayushmann will miss the opportunity of hitting the hat-trick of century.
Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan Movie Review Rating: 2.5/5 Stars (Two and half stars)
Star Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Jitendra Kumar, Neena Gupta, Gajraj Rao, Manu Rishi Chadha, Maanvi Gagroo
Director: Hitesh Kewalya
What’s Good: Everything that you’ve already seen in the trailer, if you didn’t like that too please refer ‘what’s bad’ section below
What’s Bad: Everything you must’ve thought will be bad about the film, yes it’s preachy
Loo Break: ‘Loo is Loo’
Watch or Not?: If you’re going in thinking it’ll be yet another Ayushmann Khurrana film, please don’t!
Kartik (Ayushmann Khurrana) and Aman (Jitendra Kumar) are seen running for a special train ‘Vivah Express’ as they recite their life story concluding it with “Main bhaag raha hoon” (I’m running). Both are in love but Aman is afraid to come out of the closet. Kartik decides to join Aman and his family for a wedding happening in Allahabad (Sorry Yogi Ji, now Prayagraj).
Aman’s father Shankar Tripathi (Gajraj Rao) catches both of them in the act of smooching and he starts vomiting. Now, Shankar knows this secret and how he plans to save the wedding along with knowing that his son is gay is a major subplot in the second half. The rest of it is all about how the family reacts to Aman’s confession and whether or not he ends up with Kartik.
Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan Movie Review: Script Analysis
Over the years Shubh Mangal Saavdhan still holds its esteem because of being a hard-hitting film that didn’t ‘try’ to hit too ‘hard’. This one had the novelty but the makers are so lost in following the formula, they forget having something original in hand. There are some genuinely funny moments but they lose the impact because of all the mess happening around.
I just had a random thought while watching the film, what if Ayushmann Khurrana and Jitendra Kumar were never really two different people. Ayushmann should’ve been Jitendra’s inner conscious which eventually helps him to get out of the closet. I wish they shouldn’t have followed the formula trying something different. I’m all up for gay-romance but a love story needs to build the love instead of rubbing it all over your face.
Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan Movie Review: Star Performance
Won’t believe I would say this for an Ayushmann Khurrana performance, but he’s just not there. I’ve lived among homosexuals and they’re not so animated all the time. Ayushmann performs a dual-role in a single character, one in which he’s this swishy & fearless person and in the other he’s Ayushmann. Problem is, I found his ‘Ayushmann’ side better despite the film trying hard to sell his swishy side.
Jitendra Kumar looked awkward from the word go. There are some roles for which certain actors are never meant to be, Aman is that role to Jeetu Bhaiya. He’s just blundering around in the couple-scenes making them klutzy for the audience. He gets the high-on-drama scenes on-point and that’s the only plus of his performance.
Gajraj Rao and Neena Gupta save the film from slipping into oblivion. Their comic-timing and years of experience manage to garner few laughs here and there. Maanvi Gagroo’s character exists just because they had to show someone’s wedding in the family. The script undergoes no change even with her absence.
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