Shubh Mangal Saavdhan : More than just a romcom


Indian weddings are complicated. Or for that matter any wedding is. First, the couple needs to agree, then the in-laws need to like one another and if that proves difficult, it is one’s society that gives you the final nod of approval. And that’s before the whole drama has even begun|!Shubh Mangal Saavdhan tells a story where as a viewer one finds oneself almost physically and emotionally present inside this bubble while enjoying a simple yet riveting romantic comedy.

A young middle class couple gets engaged and seem to have found the “right one”. Also, the parents are quite happy with the match. But due to a certain 'gent’s problem' Mudit (Ayushmann Khurrana) is devastated that he won’t be able to keep Suggu (Bhumi) truly happy. After all, how can he fulfill his duty if he can’t stand up for her? The young bride is obviously confused and instead of shunning him away, tries to win him back with a strange sense of guilt and concern. Henceforth, the story truly comes to life with twists and turns that keep one glued to the seat.

Besides a good storyline, Shubh Mangal boasts of a very talented cast. Both Ayushmann and Bhumi share a strong on-screen chemistry which translates to their protagonists, and anchors the whole film. Not to mention both sets of parents and the supporting crew who help give this work of art a realism that every Indian can relate to. Seema Bhargava (Suggu’s mother) provides a stellar performance. The only flaw would be the cliched ending with a redundant guest appearance by Jimmy Shergill.

By remaking his original Tamil story Kalyana Samayal Saadham, R.S. Prasanna has pulled off a commendable feat in translating one culture (Tamizhan) into another (NCR, Delhi), thereby delivering a powerful message—love unites all.

Film: Shubh Mangal Saavdhan 

Director: R.S. Prasanna

Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Bhumi Pednekar, Brijendra Kala, Seema Bhargava

Rating: 3.5/5

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