Verdict: Easily the most comical movie of the year.
Ayushmann Khurrana is not only known for his singing and acting skills, but also for his choice of films that are anything but mundane. It has been five years since the release of Vicky Donor and we could not wait to see whether Khurrana could deliver yet another hit, especially in a movie with a daring script revolving around erectile dysfunction. Bhumi Pednekar and Ayushmann Khurrana's Shubh Mangal Saavdhan is not only rib-tickling but also comes with a beautiful message for its audience – SPEAK UP.
Mudit Sharma (Ayushmann Khurrana) plays a shy lover boy who stares at his ladylove, Suganda (Bhumi Pednekar) from a distance instead of approaching her. The one time he does, he makes a fool of himself and so he decides to send her an online rishta instead. Sugandha, who hoped for a little more thrill in her love story, is miffed with Mudit's move. However, as all Bollywood movies go, she eventually gives in realizing Mudit's love for her. The two, as per Indian traditions, get engaged and the preparations for their wedding start in full swing. On an occasion where Suganda's house is empty, the two get intimate but things don't go as planned and Suganda learns about Mudit's "condition". Here's where the actual drama begins.
The 1-hour 59-minute movie has some brilliantly directed scenes, along with some extremely well-written dialogues that only give you enough time to breathe in the first half amidst the continuous laughter. The second half, although a little serious, still manages to keep you entertained. The movie sticks to the plot till the very end, without showing any vulgarity as promised.
Ayushmann's acting, his perfectly timed expressions, and character's helplessness almost make us fall in love with him. He invokes admiration and pity at the same time. If you thought Bareilly Ki Barfi saw his best performance, you'll love him in this all over again. Bhumi's stupendous performance is yet another bonus to the movie, which will leave you in complete awe of her. There's something about the duo's chemistry that makes us feel they are going to be the next super-hit jodi soon. It's simple, refreshing and natural. Talking about the other actors of the movie, a special mention needs to be given to Seema Pahwa, who plays Bhumi's mother in the movie. Her conversations with Sugandha are absolutely hilarious and make this movie a must-watch for the same reason. Brijendra Kala, who plays the chacha, is yet another favorite in the film.
We love how the producer Anand L. Rai and director RS Prasanna have experimented with such a sensitive topic, urging more people to talk about it. At the same time, he has not gone overboard with the content. A decent amount of emphasis has been given to Mudit-Suganda's love story along with the main issue of the movie. The music is extremely catchy and well-timed. Certain shots of the movie not only entertain you but also move you.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
From the makers of Tanu Weds Manu and Raanjhanaa comes a paisa vasool comedy. This film is an overall package, full of surprises that you can watch with your entire family. You can rest be assured that there is nothing 'ashubh' in the movie but saavdhan! You might just fall off your seats laughing. This one, we strongly recommend.