Shubh Mangal Saavdhan


The fascinating Jodi of ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisa’ Ayushmann Khuranna and Bhumi Pednekar is back with their second outing together ‘Shubh Mangal Saavdhan’. The movie is a Hindi remake of popular Tamil film KALYANA SAMAYAL SAADHAM(2013), directed R.S Prasanna. R.S Prasanna took the charge to helm the Hindi venture but in the Hindi version, he fails to deal the subject with the same authenticity and rawness.

‘Shubh Mangal Saavdhan’ is quirky and bold. The script is based on a very daring topic, erectile dysfunction and the positive point is that despite being a controversial subject, the director has been able to deal the subject with ease and totally devoid of raunchy and sexiness.

The scene opens with the aftermath of demonization. Mudit played by Ayushmann Khurrana and Sugandha (Bhumi Pednekar) first met while they were standing in a long queue outside an ATM. It was love at first sight for Mudit. Both struggles as who will make the first attempt to propose but finally Mudit gathers courage to express his love for Sugandha but a funny incident spilled water in his approach.

When he was just to propose Sugandha, Mudit was caught in a funny situation. He was funnily caught by a bear which was performing on the streets and made Mudit unable to move from his place. After he failed to propose Sugandha in person, Mudit sends an online proposal of marriage and both the families of Mudit and Sugandha agree with the nuptial proposal.

Both the families were happy and they planned for a big fat wedding. During the period of courtship, Mudit and Sugandha gets intimate and suddenly Mudit came to known about the ugly truth of his private part. He discovers that he is suffering from erectile dysfunction. It is very funny to see how Mudit struggles to explain the ‘gents’ problem to Sugandha.  A soggy Parle G biscuit makes Sugandha and the audience understand Mudit’s ‘Gents’ problem. What follows is a complex and funny situation. It shows how Mudit, Sugandha and the whole family tried to solve the situation in their own way.

The film has few hilarious scenes. One such is what Sugandha's mother played by Seema Pahwa tries to teach her grown-up daughter Sugandha about the wedding night by drawing comparisons to a popular Arabian folk tale of Ali Baba and 40 thieves.

Director R.S. Prasann direction and Hitesh Kewalya’s script has been able to make the audience laugh and the greatest part is that they have dealt with the controversial and sensitive issue with such intensity that it looked clean and filled with humour.

The middle class setting is very well depicted. Anuj Rakesh Dhawan's cinematography is eye-catching. However, Ninad Khanolkar's editing and Tanishk-Vayu's music is praiseworthy.

Speaking about the acting department, Bhumi Pednekar and Ayushmann Khurrana is outstanding. We all know the two actors deal with socially relevant subject with excellence and this time also they have showed their brilliance. Other supporting cast like Brijendra Kala, Shubhankar Tripathi, Anshul Chauhan and Anmol Bajaj also played their part well.

In the nutshell, ‘Shubh Mangal Saavdhan’ is a delightful watch. The funny take on the controversial subject is to be watch out.