*FILM REVIEW* Shubh Mangal Saavdhan – A Laughing Matter This Is!

Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Bhumi Pednekar, Seema Pahwa
Director: R.S. Prasanna
Production Companies: Colour Yellow Productions, Eros International, Y NOT Studios
Rating: ***½ (3.5 / 5)

Shubh Mangal Saavdhan touches the taboo subject of erectile dysfunction in the lightest hearted and mischievous way!

Mudit (Ayushmann Khurrana) and Sughanda (Bhumi Pednekar) are engaged to be married. At the first attempt of having sex in Sughanda’s cramped flat, Mudit realizes he suffers from a ‘gents problem’, (erectile dysfunction)! Thoroughly embarrassed he leaves in a hurry leaving behind an exasperated Sugu! Though Mudit tells Sugandha she does not have to marry him, she is determined to!Thereby begins the journey of going to quacks taking advice and pills to correct the problem.

What makes the film hilarious is that the issue is not swept under the carpet and soon becomes a concern of the entire family with parents and uncles and aunts dishing advice.

Erectile dysfunction, a common male problem but not spoken about is thus addressed in a light hearted way. Add to it the crisp dialogues, the quaint Delhi milieu and culture and the very North Indian wedding traditions, relationships and you have a winner on hands. Things like Pednekar’s mom explaining about the birds and the bees while comparing it to Ali Baba entering a ‘gufa’ and the family brawl in the theatre bring a smile on the lips.

After Vicky Donor, Khurrana once again plays a man weighed down by complexes. This time also he scores with his ‘gent’s problem’ and portrays his dilemma with the same vulnerability. It’s Pednekar third film, but she has proved herself as a dependable actress and matches Khurrana’s acting prowess. The other character actors like the all- knowing mom Seema Pahwa, Brijendra Kala as the patronizing uncle and Anshul Chauhan as Pednekar’s best friend is all to watch out for!

Director R. S. Prasanna who also directed the original, Kalyana Samyal Sadham in Tamil has adapted the Hindi version with new actors, quirky milieu and the very distinct North flavour with aplomb and crackling scenes. Not to forget writer Hitesh Kewalya who has written the smart spunky lines and comical dialogues!

Reviewed By: Arti Saxena