"Aap bekar mein chhoti baat ko bada bana rahe ho," says a concerned `animal` doctor (who’s none other than TVF fame Gopal Dutt, remember Mohan ji the melodramatic owner of the college campus wala restaurant from AIB’s Honest Bars & Restaurant?) to Mudit (Ayushmann Khurrana) when he is dragged to a clinic by his concerned to-be father-in-law. Snap comes Mudit`s reply, "Wahi toh karne ki koshish kar raha hoon!" with the poster in the background showing an anatomy of a bear (just like the one you saw in the poster) is where you realise this movie has broken a few stereotypes of creating a Hindi film around the `touchy` subject of erectile dysfunction without being downright crass about it? And that too in a clean comedy avatar! Too good to be true, is it?
But this was made possible because the lead pair has an affable chemistry between them - an absolutely essential element when dealing with such a private `Gents problem` (as the film calls it). Ayushmann and Bhumi are able to recreate the magic of being together on-screen, even if their characters aren`t exactly new or challenging to either actors. Additionally, they`re surrounded by a group of talented supporting actors, some of them namely Seema Pahwa, Gopal Dutt who blend in seamlessly without being too overbearing.
Talking about the story, it’s a serio-comedy ( I know, right!) and is overall is a tale of love and romance and what being a man actually means. But not in the flashiest, does the narrative veer towards the didactic. It remains a fun story, an out-and-out laugh riot from the words `jaa na mere bhai` to the end credits.
Writer Hitesh Kewalya infuses his script with some solid writing. The story does not waver for one moment and every dialogue elicits laughter from the viewers. Some of the best one-liners in Shubh Mangal Saavdhan belong to the two set of parents. In one of the most hilarious scenes Sugandha`s mother (an excellent Seema Pahwa) reads out erotic poetry to her daughter that is supposed to serve as sex education. She reads out lines from her diary entry from her suhaag raat, and you can`t help but burst laughing at the innuendoes. The essence of a north Indian middle-class wedding and the relatives, from a tauji doling out kisses to every baraati to someone masquerading as a `shubhchintak` (well-wisher) and providing unsolicited advice to Mudit, Prasanna`s story abounds in characters who help Shubh Mangal Saavdhan take off and how!
The continuous rush that you feel while watching the film, that the very next joke will sound cheap or fall flat is where the true essence of the movie lies, as RS Prasanna proves you wrong every time and rather ‘swooshes’ you to the next hilltop!
Ayushmann, with his knack of choosing the unusual scripts, is here to stay. His performance here is reminiscent of Vicky Donor (the two characters are polar opposites as far as the other performance is concerned). Bhumi is in her finesse of a role, as she see-saws with Ayushmann in Shubh Mangal Saavdhan that makes the couple such a delightful watch!
The music also fits perfectly with the bittersweet yet light tone through the movie, especially the scene where Sugandha is trying to help Mudit to overcome his disfunction by seducing her, but fails and feels ashamed is where you’re left to mouth ‘awww’ as you feel the warmth of their love and the faint hum of ‘Kanha’ is completely magical! So classy, it’s a worth mention! Shubh Mangal Saavdhan wins in its storytelling and acting departments. The film flows smoothly, shout-out to the cinematography! There is no climax forced on to the viewer, but the director lets things take their own course which is why it’s so relatable at last!
Overall, Shubh Mangal Saavdhan is one of those films that urge you to watch it again making it one of the good films Bollywood gave us in 2017 that is like the perfect slow-cooked dum biriyani!