‘Shubh Mangal Saavdhan’ is a remake of the Tamil film ‘Kalyana Samayal Saadham’ made by R.S Prasanna in 2013. The story revolves around Mudit played by Ayushmann Khurrana and Sugandha played by Bhumi Pednekar who are madly in love and plan to get married. But the twist in the tale comes when they discovers that Mudit suffers from erectile dysfunction. The movie deals with the topic of erectile dysfunction in a humorous manner and the reason for this is amazing chemistry between the lead pair-an absolutely essential element when dealing with such a private ‘Gents problem’. However, any worries about Prasanna being able to get the North Indian milieu right in the Hindi version, are laid to rest. This is largely because of writer Hitesh Kewalya writing that fittingly hinges on the unobtrusive details and minutiae of life. Be it the Delhi lingo, its lingerie salesmen or the lives and loves — that are staunchly banal and ordinary. Seema Pahwa who plays the role of Sugandha’s mother deserves a special mention. She is absolutely fantastic and delivers her dialogues with the required punch. Hear her talking about the birds and the bees — Aladdin and gufa (cave) to her daughter Sugandha (Bhumi Pednekar) and it’d be difficult for even the grimmest to not chortle and chuckle.

Ayushmann Khurrana is a delight to watch in Shubh Mangal Saavdhan; he excels in the delhi guy role once again. His co-star Bhumi Pednekar may have a wobbly Delhi accent but she compliments Ayushmann’s vulnerability with a fire. Every time she’s on screen, it’s easy to believe great things will happen — races will be won, toilets will be built and “Rocket Saiyyan” will rise to the occasion. The film is though unable to perform when it matters the most – the climax. For some reason, the screenplay resorts to an unconvincing turning point towards the end, followed by a few more absurd sequences, including a seemingly forced cameo before going flat out overboard. Inspite of all that, ‘Shubh Mangal Saavdhan’ keeps you entertained long enough to make it worth a watch.

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