‘Shubh Mangal Saavdhan’: A breezy entertainer with nothing dysfunctional about it




‘Shubh Mangal Saavdhan’: A breezy entertainer with nothing dysfunctional about it

Directed By: R S Prasanna
Produced By: Eros International, Aanand L. Rai, Krishika Lulla
Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Bhumi Pednekar, Brijendra Kala, Shubhankar Tripathi
Duration: 1 hour 59 minutes
Rating: 3

The much-loved jodi of Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar is back once again. The duo who were last seen in ‘Dum Lagake Haisha’ will now be tackling the taboo issue of erectile dysfunction in their recent release. The movie is a remake of the director R S Prasanna’s Tamil hit ‘Kalyana Samayal Saadham’, it breaks the patriarchal notions of masculinity, but in a humourous manner.

The story of the film has our hero Mudit Sharma (Ayushmann Khurrana), fall in love at first sight with Sugandha (Bhumi Pednekar), and send an online marriage proposal to her. Both the families meet and the two get engaged. Things take a turn when, one passionate night before the wedding Mudit realises that he’s suffering from erectile dysfunction.

Now will Sugandha marry Mudit despite knowing Mudit’s ‘gents problem’? Will Mudit be able to solve his issues? All this and many more questions will be answered in ‘Shubh Mangal Saavdhan’.




The highly tricky subject of erectile dysfunction is handled with care by director R S Prasanna without resorting to any crass dialogues or over the top sequences that would have caused the film to fall flat. He has tackled the subject by inserting humour in it. The director is aided by the lead pair and the wonderful supporting cast of Seema Pahwa, Brijendra Kala, Chitranjan Tripathy, Neeraj Sood as they ensure that the believable situations prevent it from stooping to raunchy humour.

Bhumi Pednekar is a delight to watch. She is so natural that her emotions and act of being loved by someone are magical. The actress has nailed the art of a small town girl to perfection. Ayushmann Khurrran as usual has surpassed himself as a man who is going through an emotional turmoil of erectile dysfunction. He has aptly portrayed the pain and the shame that a young man undergoes in a traditional Indian society where it is time and again embedded in the mind of the youngsters that Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota. His shyness, aggression are worth a watch.

Seema Pahwa deserves a special mention. She is the strongest pillar of the film who has some catchy dialogues. Her screen presence and comic timing are utterly impeccable. There’s a scene where she tries to make an uncomfortable attempt to educate her grown up daughter about sex by drawing comparisons to a popular Arabian folk tale. It is hilarious, and heartwarming at the same time.

With an interesting and bold subject, ‘Shubh Mangal Saavdhan’ could have been a gem of a film. Except, the climax truly lets the film down. The film is slightly dragged towards the climax, but the dialogues and the impeccable star cast hold it together aptly.

All in all, ‘Shubh Mangal Saavdhan’ is a must watch this weekend.

Watch the trailer of ‘Shubh Mangal Saavdhan’ here.




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