Shubh Mangal Saavdhan (2017)
Based on quite a relevant and a not-talked-about-issue for it is considered a taboo or more so an embarrassing situation for a man, erectile dysfunction while it questions the masculinity and machismo, Shubh Mangal Saavdhan brings about hilarity and comedy into it without making a documentary out of the entire issue and having a light hearted flick.
This 1 hr 59 minute short film revolves around the discovery of the problem by the protagonist Mudit (Ayushmann Khurana) who amidst dealing with it, has the stress of solving the problem, making his fiancĂ© and his family happy while struggling with the embarrassment. He goes about to every baba, pandit, doctor to seek a solution, but nothing comes to his relief. While 50 percent of males over 40 suffer from this, one in every 10 male is impotent and India is the impotency capital in the world, Shubh Mangal Saavdhan raises this much suppressed yet important issue.
Struggling with the pressures of the relatives, from the father or from the parents-in-law for that matter, his fiancĂ© (Bhumi Pednekar) supports him through and through with selfless and undemanding stand for all she wants was her love more than anything else and she was ready to survive through this.
The movie is quite short, barely 1 hour 59 minutes. To be brutally honest, considering the trailer which had literally gotten me laughing out loud and giggling throughout the trailer, the movie wasnâ€™t as out of the box or extraordinarily remarkable.
It, moreover, seemed that the trailer was inclusive of all the humorous scenes and the movie as an entirety was devoid of any other left. Yes, it does raise the issue, but the movie seemed more amateurish with projection, somewhat lacking. The movie, for some strange reason, didnâ€™t manage to amuse or entertain as I had expected it to be with pretty average execution.
The protagonists, Ayushmann Khurana and Bhumi Pednekar have shown exactly how talented and adroit they are at their craft and with the way they shifted to the peculiar diction, the movie might be passable or bog-standard, but the efforts behind the acting was definitely exceptional.
The songs arenâ€™t luring or as catchy considering kanha or ladoo or even Rocket Saiyyan for that matter.
So it might be the need of the hour to raise the issue, but the movie as an entirety was pretty average.
I would give it 2.5 out of 5 stars!