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Opinion: Shubh Mangal Saavdhan is a celebration of Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s brand of cinema about ordinary people with a dysfunction.
Editor’s Opinion: Shubh Mangal Savdhan is a remake of R.S. Prasanna’s own Tamil Movie Kalyana Samayal Saadham which was released in 2013 but trust me in its Hindi version there’s no touch of South India and it is so nicely shifted to North India’s Delhi and Haridwar and a little credit we should give to Anand L. Rai for this, we know how he creates the world of North India. The movie celebrates the ordinary people of our country like Hrishikesh Mukherjee did in the past, you can relate to most of the characters in the film. While watching the film I felt I am sitting near to my window and seeing people of neighborhood outside it. Now the most important thing, have you ever thought a film on erectile dysfunction can be made in Bollywood which will not look vulgar or cheap in any of its frame? No is the answer but director R.S. Prasanna and writer Hitesh Kewalya has done it. The movie talks about a hidden sex related disease but never becomes crass or tawdry. The actors of the actually lifted the already nuanced and happening screenplay, Ayushmann Khurrana is in top form as Mudit, a Delhi boy who has a problem of erectile dysfunction and falls in love with a girl. He never puts a single note wrong and despite his character has nothing in it of a proper Hindi film hero he springs an understated heroism and charm, he is so lovable and compels us to root for him.
Bhumi Pednekar as Sugandha proves for the third time that she is a new unusual force of Hindi cinema who can break the stereotypes of Indian film heroines. She is powerful and very praiseworthy. The chemistry between the lead pair is once again fire after the memorable Dum Laga Ke Haisha, how well they changed themselves for another outing. If the lead pair is the soul of this movie then the supporting cast is the heart, Seema Pahwa as Sugandha’s mother is so real and hilarious, look out for her Ali Baba and cave analogy. Brijendra Kala as Sugandha’s uncle is once again first rate, and all the rest cast are fuel in the fire of this bright product. The jokes are fresh and keeps you invested and most importantly the film has a heart too, it never bores you or preaches. It is an entertainer, a healthy one, the art direction is very very good, though I felt in climax the film had bumps, a pointless cameo from Jimmy Shergill increased the runtime only and raised my eyebrows, I am still asking why was he there? And the end looked rushed without explanation. The Music is good but not memorable, well these shortcomings does not take away the credit of the entire film, go watch it. A fresh feel good comedy about normal people which will make you laugh, happy and satisfied. I’ll go with 3.8 stars out of five.