Cast : Ayushmann Khurrana, Bhumi Pednekar
Director : R.S. Prasanna
Shubh Mangal Saavdhan is yet another refreshing movie from a pair of actors who are becoming the face of quaint love stories in Indian cinema – Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar. Presented by Eros International and directed by Aanand L Rai, it is a story that explores an aspect of marriage that isn’t done enough, not at all in Bollywood.
Mudit (Ayushmann Khurrana) and Sugandha (Bhumi Pednekar) are two very different people, who fall in love. Sugandha is a dramatic young woman, who wants attention and gets none. So, when Mudit comes along, she is swept off her feet. All seems to be going well, until the wedding. When they ‘get close’ as the ultimate desi says, Mudit realizes that something’s up – or rather that it isn’t.
He’s thoroughly embarrassed but eventually discusses it with Sugandha, who doesn’t seem to understand what Mudit’s ‘gents problem’ is. When she finally gets it, she recovers quickly and stands up for him. The comedy starts when they consult others i.e. people who know nothing – friends and family.
Writing and Direction:
When discussing a problem usually embarrassing for men and blasphemous for family (read: parents), it can get tricky. However, the script, written by R.S.Prasanna and Hitesh Kewalya, is clean. They steer clear of vulgarity, even though comedies often resort to unnecessary innuendos to make us laugh. Anand L Rai has done an excellent job with the script and the background of Delhi and Agra. The cinematography doesn’t seek to glorify the beauty of the locations as commercial films often do, but it shows the true, simple magnificence of the places. However, the climax fails to end the story it started. It falls flat and does disappoint a little. However, what it misses in the ending, it more than makes up for in comic timing and metaphors. It is a remake of the south Indian film, Kalyana Samayal Saadham.
Ayushmann and Bhumi do an excellent job portraying a love story that holds our attention. Ayushmann showcases his trademark comic timing, and Bhumi makes us realize what a powerhouse she is in her portrayal of a bold yet sheltered young woman. They do the script justice and leave us excited for their next movie together, Manmarziyan. Seema Pahwa, who plays Bhumi’s mother, also played a similar character in Bareilly Ki Barfi, but stands out as the mother who is comically eager to marry off her daughter. Jimmy Shergill had a small cameo that was quite unexpected, but well received. The film is sure to at least start a conversation on performance anxiety.
All in all, a film that should be watched to learn a little and laugh a lot.