Shaadi Ke Side Effects

Shaadi Ke Side Effects’ (U/A)

Cast: Vidya Balan, Farhan Akhtar, Vir Das, Ram Kapoor, Rati Agnihotri

Director: Saket Choudhary

‘Shaadi Ke Side Effects’ reflects the story of modern, nuclear marriages, where relationships are burdened with huge expectations to perfect every need of life from the bedroom to the kitchen, including the outdoors.

Director Saket Choudhary’s sequel to his 2006 film ‘Pyaar Ke Side Effects’, tells the warriors of holy matrimony how to play it safe. The movie tells the husbands and wives how to duck the actual landmines in a marriage. And then goes on to show the result, when one fails to follow them.

According to critics, the first half of the movie is sheer comedy, which follows the transformation of a happily married couple Sid and Trisha, played by Farhan Akhtar and Vidya Balan. Sid and Trisha share a conjugal chemistry that is hardly seen and is quite infectious. But, their first child puts a brake on this when Trisha declares: “We are pregnant” and from here it is all downhill. Trisha becomes overweight and is an emotional nutcase, the results of hormonal changes in pregnancy. Sid begins to long for the carefree days when conversations were not restricted to the colour of baby poo.

Ram Kapoor, the lovely brother-in-law, who give some invaluable advice, “Log kehte hai ek happy married life ki buniyad hoti hai pyar, bharosa...bakwas...sach toh yeh hai ki happy married life ki buniyaad hotey hain woh chhote chhote jhooth.” In short, the secret to a happy married life is stored in the little white lies.

The best part about the movie is the sense one gets of how similar most marriages are. And reading books or watching movies to try to make one’s marriage different, does not help. That is where the film has been able to connect and make the audience laugh in the first half. But the second half goes haywire and drags.The movie portrays mainly a man’s take on married life and fails to give the woman’s side.

The two most talented actors in Bollywood today, Farhan’s wit in the movie and Vidya’s charm, should be applauded for pulling off ‘Shaadi Ke Side Effects’.

Critic Subhash K Jha was quoted saying, “A warm, funny, thought-provoking take on the man-woman equation, director Saket Chaudhary gets it bang on. The chemistry between Farhan and Vidya crackles and hisses with tantalizing tension. Brittle and yet supple, the lead pair's chemistry irons out the film's uneven edges. You can’t take your eyes off Farhan and Vidya. They look evenly matched and entirely yummy in their yin and yang yearnings.
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