Shubh Mangal Saavdhan Review by Indicine
Even though, Shubh Mangal Saavdhan is an official adaptation of the Tamil film, it has only maintained the core from the original film and adapted its story to a Delhi NCR milieu with vastly different quirks and characterization. The writer Hitesh Kewalya deserves credit for getting the crux of the story and not making a scene by scene remake. Shubh Mangal Saavdhan does not treat it’s concept with haste and every scene initially is crafted with a lot of care and humour. This is the sort of humour which never transcends into vulgar or cheap territory. The way it started, it had potential to be a classic comedy like Vicky Donor but unfortunately it falters towards the end when the plot becomes too heavy handed and the movie ends almost abruptly. But it is not a huge flaw as the writer and director lay the foundation for the movie in the first half which is one of the breeziest of recent times.
Shubh Mangal Saavdhan Review by Bollywood Hungama
Shubh Mangal Saavdhan’s two biggest strengths are its dialogues and the duration. In just 105 minutes of duration, the film packs in a lot. The introduction of characters is done swiftly and it’s all done in an entertaining way. Of course, the film really picks up when the lovers decide to have sex but fail. This crucial sequence is very well handled. In fact the entire film is sensitively executed. The sequences are peppered by humour but it never even once gets indecent. The makers in fact deserve loads of kudos for handling such a taboo topic so beautifully. Unfortunately, the second half is where the film slips. Conflicts are forced into the narrative. It becomes difficult to comprehend exactly what’s going on. The track of Mudit’s old flame Neha complicates the narrative. What was the relevance of her? And if Mudit managed to perform with her, what went wrong with Sugandha? A tension filled sequence is added in the climax which works only partly, as again it was added in the film just to end the film on a high.
Shubh Mangal Saavdhan Review by Sukanya Verma on Rediff
Best part is how the script resists belittling Mudit’s condition to insert crass innuendo. The humour is playful, but never prudish. Its provocative elements are clever, comical and pop up in the garb of sly, soft porn poetry, mischievous symbolism, bedroom betting or hilariously camouflaged quips like Pahwa’s instant classic, ‘Ali Baba ka janam hi gufaa main jaane ke liye hua hai.’ With its fine zingers and feisty acknowledgement, Shubh Mangal Saavdhan does more for sex, both noun and verb, than any Hindi film can claim to in a long, long time.
Shubh Mangal Saavdhan Review by Priyanka Chawla on DNA India
A loud round of applause for Ayushmann Khuranna for standing up for men and their sexual issues. In one of the dialogues he says “Mard woh nahi jisko dard nahi hota, balki woh hai jo kisi ko dard nahi deta aur dene deta” He debuted in the role of sperm donor in ‘Vicky Donor’ and now is talking about performance anxiety among men with full gusto. ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’ jodi of Bhumi-Ayushmann has an amazing chemistry in this one too and the supporting cast adds all the drama needed in this usual wedding chaos seen before. ‘Shubh Mangal Saavdhan’ merits a watch for more than one reasons.
Review by Rohit Bhatnagar on Deccan Chronicle
When the trailer was launched, the film held so many expectations and all of them fall in place. In fact, the trailer is not even close to what the film is. Director RS Prasanna does a commendable job in keeping a North Indian essence intact with a clean family entertainer. Surprisingly, the film has a mass appeal considering it is set in Delhi and Haridwar. It is relatable to a person viewing in the metros as well. The most quirky portions of the film are its interpretations, be it a biscuit turns soggy after dipping it in a hot tea, droplets dripping from the tap or the conversations, all are in the sync with the context. The film is offered by the makers of Tanu Weds Manu franchise, Raanjhana and Happy Bhaag Jayegi and with this film too, they have proved that they are a brand in making family entertainers.
Review by Neil Soans on The Times Of India
Is it possible to create a Hindi film around the ‘touchy’ subject of erectile dysfunction without being downright crass about it? Turns out that it is, and quite a funny one at that. This is because the lead pair has an affable chemistry between them – an absolutely essential element when dealing with such a private ‘Gents problem’ (as the film calls it). The whole premise would fall flat without them playing so well off of each other. Ayushmann and Bhumi are able to recreate the magic of being together on-screen, even if their characters aren’t exactly new or challenging to either actor. But it works, so there’s no need to fix it. Additionally, they’re surrounded by a group of talented supporting actors who blend in seamlessly without being too overbearing. This makes the comedy work exactly how and when it’s meant to without stooping to raunchy humour.
Review by Shubhra Gupta on Indian Express
Overall this comedy of middle-class-Dilli-manners-and-mores suffers from a sit-com flatness. And when everything is meant to make us laugh, you can quite easily deflect attention from the main premise. A lecture on female empowerment is stuffed in, too. When the action stays between the two main leads, whom we have seen play so well together in Dum Laga Ke Haisha, the film comes together, terrible pun fully intended. Pednekar once again reminds us just how convincing she can be as a real honest-to-goodness young woman in search of love. And Khurrana once again is in fine fettle: from a brawny Punjabi fertile Aryan ‘puttar’ that he plays in Vicky Donor to a fellow who can’t, he’s inhabited both ends of spectrum, showing no performance anxiety at all.
Review by Sweta Kaushal on Hindustan Times
Prasanna presents Shubh Mangal Saavdhan in a rather flat manner and refuses to give space to characters other than the hero and heroine, leaving behind one mess of what could have been a fun-filled entertainer.
Review by Sreeju Sudhakaran on Bollywood Life
Shubh Mangal Saavdhan could have been the best romantic comedy Bollywood has seen in years. It tackles a risky premise, the humour was brilliant and the performances were first-rate. Unfortunately, the writing suffers a ‘gent’s problem’ towards the end, leaving us high and dry. Still, I would recommend you to watch SMS purely for the humour and Ayushmann-Bhumi’s amazing chemistry.
Review by Saibal Chatterjee on NDTVMovies
Shubh Mangal Saavdhan stays strictly within the limits of acceptability in dealing with a thorny theme that could easily have plunged into overt awkwardness. Lightheartedness is the cloak it wears to conceal its uneasy patches. That it succeeds in that endeavour more often than not is a measure of the director’s ability. Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, breezy enough at its core not to be bogged down by the weight of its daring and untested pivotal plot point, is never less than entertaining.
Review by Kunal Guha on Mumbai Mirror
The film perseveres to ensure it doesn’t make light of the dysfunction in question, and chooses instead to parody the mayhem triggered by it. This is because aside from all the gags about performance pressure, ED happens to be a serious, rarely spoken of, debilitating condition that has altered marriages. But then, as they say, no hard feelings.
Review by Pankhurie Mulasi on Movietalkies
Director R.S. Prasanna’s quirky film talks about ‘erectile dysfunction’, a topic which till now was not explored by Bollywood and the treatment of the film makes you savour every single sequence. The makers have dealt with a serious problem in an entertaining and hilarious way and that’s what makes this film a winner. I guarantee you will laugh your hearts out while watching this fun ride.
Review by Vishal Verma on Glamsham
The middle class milieu is well designed. The production values are topnotch. Anuj Rakesh Dhawan’s cinematography is eye pleasing. However, Ninad Khanolkar’s editing could have been crisper. Tanishk-Vayu’s music is functional. All said and done, SHUBH MANGAL SAAVDHAN in spite of its flaws manages its promise date of a rom com that offers something different, thanks to its quirky, bold, snappy and saucy fun powered by an all the way endearing Ayushmann & Bhumi.
Review by Ananya Bhattacharya on India Today
The fabulous ensemble cast is complemented by Shubh Mangal Saavdhan’s lead actors Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar. Bringing their chemistry from Dum Laga Ke Haisha to this film, the two fit perfectly into their roles. Their love story is fraught with many problems, but making the audience laugh is not one of them. The couple moves from struggling to deal with the task at hand, erectile dysfunction, to being swamped by unwonted suggestion from all quarters.
Review by IANS on Sify
I wish the couple had been left alone by the screenplay to sort out their mutual problem. By bringing the entire family from both the sides into the picture to thresh out the problem on hand, the film ironically mocks the very malady that it so sensitively puts forward. Some of Ayushmann’s scenes with his father and his future father-in-law with both the patriarchs trying to bully him out of his temporary dysfunction, are way too high-pitched and clamorous. It’s like shooting down an injured birth with a canon. The Big Indian wedding and the activities surrounding it ,have for some time now been a source of great colour vibrancy and irony in our cinema. But the wedding festivities have now become a cliché. We need to move on now.
Review by Manisha Lakhe on Nowrunning
Ayushmann Khurrana has been making interesting career choices, but his sad sack expression will only get him this far. He depends on his ever darkening stubble to do all the acting, and that’s not enough. Bhumi Pednekar is quite luminous, but then again we see her huff and puff and being irrational… The best ensemble cast too ends up just watching a really bizarre physical stunt, a pointless cameo from a sweet Jimmy Shergill, and a daft ending that makes no sense at all. It just seems that the filmmakers had no clue about where and what to do with the good stuff they had. Alas, a limp ending to the film.
Review by Raghav Jaitly on Zeenews
If we talk about the screenplay, the movie fails to maintain the pace at times. Even the climax of the flick was a bit indigestible keeping in mind the tone which the director had set. But, hats off to Prasanna for giving an excellent treatment to a topic like this. At no point, you will feel that the film is going vulgar or uncomfortable words are being used. In the end, I would just like to say that ‘Shubh Mangal Saavdhan’ is an intelligent amalgamation of a good script and decent acting. It will make you laugh, it will make you think and it will also show a mirror to the ‘modern’ society. You will definitely go home wearing a smile.
Review by Rajeev Masand on News18
Too bad the film hits some clumsy roadblocks in its third act, where the writing comes undone. A misguided decision to raise the stakes threatens to derail the film completely, and an entirely pointless cameo offers nothing by way of value addition. Thankfully it’s the film’s excellent ensemble of actors – playing an assortment of parents, uncles and aunts, siblings and best friends – that rescues it from slipping into tedium, and the jokes continue to come fast and furious. Shubh Mangal Saavdhan rises above its minor problems to deliver plenty laughs. It’s one of the year’s most enjoyable films. I recommend that you make the time for it.
Review by Mayank Shekhar on Mid-Day India
This film subtly, beautifully delves on this very idea of machismo, employing first-rate humour to discuss male sexual issues that otherwise remain so hidden under the carpet that the only way to address them is through babas and quacks, who put up secret bills and graffiti with their phone numbers across every Indian town.
Review by Meeta on Wogma
Pednekar is getting slightly repetitive while Ayushmann Khurana brings more nuance with every film. Some of this might have to do with how the film is written and the characters these two play. The interactions between the lead pair seem out of sync. Before any chemistry is established they are shown alternating between being loving to and upset with each other. Their interaction seems random. Fortunately it can be enjoyed one scene at a time. The brilliant actors that they are, they manage to create a few moments too. There is one scene that will stick with me for a long, long time. In one short situation which is very awkward for both characters, you see how much respect they have for each other and how much they are willing to do for the other too.
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