What till now was taboo is out in the open. Surely we are getting bolder or at least frank about matters hitherto pushed under the carpet. This is surely the USP of Shubh Mangal Saavdhan.
Interestingly this adaptation of a Tamil original film maker R S Prasanna makes bold to deal with erectile dysfunction. More importantly, he keeps it subtle. He keeps it tongue in cheek. He eschews vulgarity or crudity. The cast does the rest.
Yet another advantage of the film is its length. It could have been even shorter, but with a film less than two hours, it would be asking for the moon.
It is about ‘gents problem’ as a Delhite may call it and if you want to follow a character, “it” is now referred to as Alibaba and the prayer is that enters the cave.
The tale is about two middle class families busy getting Mudit (Ayushmann Khurana) and Sugu (Bhumi Pednekar) married. Sugu’s parents (Neeraj Sood – Seema Pahwa) are surely anxious and Seema is still on the sets of ‘Barlie Ki Barfi’.
Sugu finds the scenario rob her of the thrill and romance on the road to matrimony. She makes bold move to spend some intimate moments with her fiancé only to realise it is not working.
In a social order where discussing sex is taboo and any inadequacy is subject to realise, this youngster is understandably more embarrassed than perturbed. From friends to quacks, Google, every step in aid proves futile.
With the marriage day just round the corner and relatives including in-laws gearing up for a Grand Indian Wedding the anxiety factor is only on the increase which does not help.
While Mudit’s parents (Supriya Shukla and Chitranjan Tripathy) would refuse to accept the inadequacy, the gal’s parents would want corrective measures in place or are willing to call of the alliance. After a contrived session, the story is how the hero overcomes the challenge.
The cast is near perfect. While the cast of Neeraj Sood and Supriya Shukla give it their best, Seema Pahwa and Brijendra Kala are at their best even in short roles.
Bhumi has a sincerity that overcomes the shortcomings of the poorly written script. Ayushmann Khurana – who has obviously come a full circle from the hunk who made a living by donating sperms to the guy with erectile dysfunctioning.
He carries out the assigned task a-la the heroine with sincerity and overcomes a script that fails to flesh the character.
All this notwithstanding, the film has its moments. What works is the subtlety what does not is the insipid style in telling the tale. The film maker perhaps has informedly made a choice to err on the side of being subtle and not crude. This outing could have well been more Shubh Mangal than it finally turns out to be.