When Saket Chaudhary’s debut feature film Pyaar Ke Side Effects arrived almost a full decade back, it was appreciated for its unusual lead pair and for a fresh approach at the romantic comedy genre. But most people were unaware of the fact that it was lifted almost scene-by-scene from the Korean Smash Hit film “My Sassy Girl”. Many winters have passed since then, and now Saket Chaudhary is back with the sequel to his debut film which he has based on the life of a couple after marriage and after having a baby. He has managed to get top acting talents to act in his film in the form of Farhan Akhtar and Vidya Balan. So is the film worth the talents of the lead pair and more importantly is it worth your money? Let’s dissect.
Shaadi Ke Side Effects Movie Review
Story: Shaadi Ke Side Effects is about Siddharth Roy (Farhan Akhtar) and Trisha Mallik (Vidya Balan) and about life after marriage. All is hunky dory in their relationship after marriage until they have a daughter. The arrival of their daughter makes life go awry for the both of them but Sid is hit harder by this event than his wife Trisha who leaves her job to devote her full time to her daughter. Sid starts experiencing the normal pangs of marriage and decides to go to Trisha’s brother-in-law (Ram Kapoor) for marital advice. Sid is advised to be devoted to his marriage with little doses of a single life. Heeding this advice a bit too well is what lands Sid in trouble and jeapordizes his marriage with Trisha. The penultimate portions of Shaadi Ke Side Effects is about Sid trying to win over his wife. To know the final outcome of their marriage watch the film, we are not going to play spoilers.
Shaadi Ke Side Effects Review: Saket Chaudhary brings a realistic angle to Shaadi Ke Side Effects by throwing in real life anecdotes and situations from his life and also from the lives of the lead actors (Vidya plays the wife of someone named Siddharth Roy is one such fact). Chaudhary is unable to keep the film flow freely because Shaadi Ke Side Effects lacks any urgency to tell its story. The various situations and gags are only able to hold the viewer’s attention for so long. It can be said that the writing is let down by the uneven direction. The film just about scratches the subject of marital problems because Chaudhary resorts to keep the tone on the lighter side.
The technical aspects of Shaadi Ke Side Effects are of top quality. The cinematography, even though the film is located mostly indoors except for that sequence in Australia, is up to the mark. The editor has also done a good job with their editing scissors. The costume designer of the film gets it right for the most part except for Vidya Balan’s style which doesn’t match her body type and character. Pritam disappoints with his music to a certain degree because album lacks any bonafide chartbuster although most of the songs suit the texture of the film.
Acting: Shaadi Ke Side Effects works to a degree solely because of the crackling chemistry between Farhan Akhtar and Vidya Balan. The preproduction workshop seems to have paid off as they look and feel like a real life couple going through their marital problems. Farhan is as effortless as he has always been as the carefree husband Sid and Vidya Balan almost reprises her role of a troubled housewife with her Trisha act. The other character actors do a good job. Ram Kapoor, Purab Kohli, Vir Das and Ila Arun are very appropriate in their respective roles.
Conclusion: Shaadi Ke Side Effects is one film that feels better suited to be enjoyed at home. It does not feel like a big screen cinematic experience. Saket Chaudhary is not able to take his promising premise to the next level because of the tonal clash of the first half and the second half. If you have not watched a film in a long time, then the film could make for a lazy viewing.
Box Office: Shaadi Ke Side Effects is very likely to take an average opening at the multiplexes because of the genre and the setting. The goodwill of the lead cast will most likely be able to carry Shaadi Ke Side Effects over the 50 crore mark.
- The lead pair’s crackling chemistry
- The promising premise of marital problems
- The gags and situations
- The music is disappointing because it lacks a chartbuster
- The film doesn’t flow freely
- Tonal inconsistencies affect the speed
- Vidya Balan’s styling doesn’t suit her body