Shubh Mangal Saavdhan deals with the problem that arises due to the lack of sex education in India. What we consider as a taboo to talk about, is the main problem of this story.
Ayushmann Khurrana’s Mudit and Brume Pednekar’s Sugandha are arranged to marry. But Sugu always wanted a love marriage and hence she works on changing this arranged setting into a loved one. Early on, while consummating their relationship, Mudit says that he has a ‘gents problem’. What follows is a series of events that are nothing but fun. More than anything, Shubh Mangal Saavdhan is a celebration of middle class families and how their weddings don’t just mean weddings, but rather a picnic. Shaadi Haridwar mei hoti hai aur honeymoon Goa mei.
Director R.S. Prasanna has written a wonderful script that revolves around the problem of erectile dysfunction but the script is in no way vulgar. There isn’t a moment in the film where you would cringe. Except the fact that you will have some trouble eating biscuits again, like Sugu’s best friend Ginni (Anshul Chauhan). Backed by humorous dialogues the film will not bore you but the second half of the second half doesn’t really make so much sense and the climax is plain weird. It seems like Prasanna was too much in a hurry to tie the loose ends.
However, I am not complaining so much! Because the acting makes up for every single small mistake which includes a cameo. Beginning with supporting actors Seema Bhargava and Bijendra Kala as Sugu’s mother and uncle respectively win the show. Seema Bhargava who we saw as a mother just two weeks back in Bareilly Ki Barfi in so on point again. At one point, she says, “Agar Haridwar mein shaadi hogi toh baraat mein kum log aaenge aur jo aaaenge unke paap dhul jaenge.” I just burst into laughter because her comic timing is more than perfect. Anshul Chauhan as Ginni is also mind blowing. At one instance she says “saari galti sexy siren jaisi ladkiyon ki hai. Khud toh aam choos ke nikal jaati hai Aur problem hume jhelni padti hai.” Chauhan sure made Ginni one of my favourite characters in the film.
Ayushmann Khurrana as Mudit is sincere. As and when he is getting older into the industry, his perfection is coming to the table. Mudit is not a confident person. he even wants to run away from his own wedding. He’s vulnerable and insecure but he is ready to fight all battles for the love of his life. Just before the climax Khurrana is given a very tough and strong monologue but he carries it off with so much ease.
Bhumi Pednekar is just three films old but the command she has had over all her characters is commendable. Like Sugandha, she is a strong woman. It was after Dum Laga Ke Haisha only, that I knew this is one woman whose body of art will stun me. For me, Pednekar is the next Vidya Balan. There is a scene in the film where Sugu is trying to seduce Mudit in a garden. In just 3-4 seconds, the scene changes from being funny, to absurd to plain sad. Both Khurrana and Pednekar have given their best to this film.
All in all, Shubh Mangal Saavdhan is a film you should watch, and I hope it makes India realise the importance of sex education.
If I had to rate the film, 3 weeks back, Bhumi had played a similar role in Toilet Ek Prem Katha but I still loved her because I saw her as two different characters!