'Shaadi Ke Side Effects' mints 21.26 in the opening weekend

‘Shaadi Ke Side Effects’ which was released on February 28 had mostly received positive reviews. The movie opened with a decent 30 percent hits in the morning shows across the country which increased by the evening. The movie did comparatively better than earlier releases such as ‘Highway’ and ‘Hasee Toh Phasee’. But ‘Gunday’ had done much better because of the Valentine’s Day weekend.

Following the slow start on the first day ‘Shaadi Ke Side Effects’ collected around Rs12.80 cr Crores (approx.) on Sunday, its third day. The movie had collected Rs 32.35 crores nett (Rs 1.05 cr in Thu preview, Rs 8.50 cr in Fri, Rs 11 cr in Sat, Rs 12.80 cr in Sun) at the Indian Box Office in its opening weekend.

The collections reportedly came mostly from multiplexes because single screens have earned poor response.

First-time director, Saket Chaudhary had overwhelmed everyone with his 2006 film ‘Pyaar Ke Side Effects’ with an unusual pairing Rahul Bose opposite the then Bollywood sex symbol Mallika Sherawat. It was a romantic comedy exploring modern relationships. In 2014, the director has taken the story forward. His new film ‘Shaadi Ke Side Effects’ a sequel to the 2006 film finds the relationship of a young married couple played by Farhan Akhtar as Sid and Vidya Balan as Trisha.

The happily married couple’s life changes when they find that Trisha is pregnant. The tensions that a couple goes through in an unplanned pregnancy are portrayed quite well.

Farhan is in top form with his fantastic wit and Vidya as a wife and later a mother delivers a charming performance. Farhan plays the frustrated father who never gets enough sleep and is neither perfect in taking care of the baby. The film has some interesting performances by Ram Kapoor, and Vir Das as well.

The best part of the film is that the first half is funny with superb humour, where the scenes are random and the incidents are backed with good acting. But in the second half the humour is almost over and there is just drama that continues till the end.

The music of the film, by director Pritam Chakraborty, is quite well, where the lyricist is Amitabh Bhattacharya. Mikey McCleary is a guest composer for the song ‘Ahista Ahista’.

The film is produced by Balaji Motion Pictures and Pritish Nandy Communications.

Alhough Saket Chaudhary has managed to deliver a decent film, it could have been much better.