Movie Review: Shubh Mangal Saavdhan – A Must Watch!

In the last few weeks, we have been catered to movies primarily revolving around small town characters whether it is Toilet: Ek Prem Katha or Bareilley Ki Barfi or even Babumoshai Bandookbaaz. This week comes another small budget movie with a small town flavor starring Ayushman Khurana and Bhumi Pednekar – Shubh Mangal Saavdhan. Directed by debutant R S Prasanna, this is a remake of Prasanna’s 2013 Tamil sleeper hit movie Kalyana Samyal Sadham.

Mudit (Ayushman) and Sugandha (Bhumi) are all set to marry, however, two days prior to their wedding, Mudit realizes he suffers from an erectile dysfunction, which almost sabotages their wedding after both the families get involved. Leading to a comical mess, Mudit attempts to treat his medical condition, using all the possible quacks.

Here again, the story is the main hero of the movie talking about a taboo subject – erectile dysfunction. Writer Hitesh Kewaly has done a great job of translating and remolding a regional movie for the North Indian movie goers. The dialogues and situations are quite situational and funny eg: Seema Pahwa explaining sexual act via Alibaba and Gufa, the soggy biscuit falling scene explaining gent’s problem etc.

Performances are awesome and actors are well-cast based on the characters. Leading the pack is Ayushman Khurana who is becoming better with every movie. He plays the character of Mudit with a lot of conviction and we can aptly call him the ‘Amol Palekar’ of this generation. Bhumi Pednekar is first rate. There is a scene where Bhumi tries to seduce Ayushman in a park which starts off as a funny scene ending into an emotional one – here you can see how well she like a chameleon shifts from one mood to another. Seema Pahwa is hilarious and has done a wonderful job. After Bareilley Ki Barfi, this is another performance of Seema that will be remembered for a long time. Among the supporting actors, Brijendra Kala is awesome.

Music is average, however, you might put the Kanha song on a loop to listen. The cinematography is good. Editing is crisp (the movie is just 105 mins). Background score is nice.

On the whole, this is one movie one should not miss!

My Verdict: ****/5

Movie Review: This Barfi From Barielly Is Too Good!

After an impressive Nil Bate Sannata, I was looking forward to Ashwini Iyer Tiwari’s next – Bareilly Ki Barfi and frankly speaking I was not disappointed. This Ayushmann Khurana, Rajkumar Rao and Kriti Sanon starrer is a perfect mithai to celebrate the comeback of feel good movies at the BO.

Bareilly Ki Barfi tells the story of Bitti Mishra (Kriti) who is the only child of her parents played by (Seema Pahwa and Pankaj Tripathi). Bitti likes to smoke, drink and lay bets apart from break-dancing in every marriage at Bareilly. She is the quintessential son to her father and causes worry to her mother as she is rejected by every boy who comes to see her. Tired of rejections, Bitti runs away from home and to kill time she buys a book – Bareilly Ki Barfi from a book stall at the railway station. She is surprised to read the similarities between the heroine of the novella and herself and she decides to come back home and search for the author of the book who knows her so well. In her quest to meet the author, she meets Chirag Dube (Ayushmann Khurana) who owns a printing press that published the book. He falls madly in love with Bitti, while she falls in love with this enigmatic author of Bareilly Ki Barfi – Pritam Vidrohi (Rajkumar Rao). 

Chirag, wants Pritam to break Bitti’s heart so that she can fall in love with him. And therefore, Chirag goes in search of Pritam. Does Chirag find Pritam, does Pritam agree to Chirag’s plan to break Bitti’s heart, would Chirag and Bitti get married… these are questions that can be answered once you see the movie.

Content is the king and Nitesh Tiwari has done a fantastic job with his writing. The Dangal director weaves his characters inspired by real life people, and the language and situations showcased in the movie are very real and that in turn makes the movie quite a pleasurable watch.

Ayushmann Khurana does a wonderful job and he has justified the character of Chirag with shades of gray beautifully. Kriti Sanon is the life of this movie. Bitti is Kriti, Kriti is Bitti. She shows a lot of maturity in her acting and seems to be in perfect sync with her character Bitti. Rajkumar Rao is a dream to watch. He acts wonderfully and in a snap of a finger he transforms from a meek guy to a macho guy is something worth applauding. It definitely showcases the mark of a great actor. Seema Pahwa and Pankaj Tripathi as Bitti’s parents are again a treat to watch. I wanted more of them in every scene of the movie – am I greedy? You will find out when you watch the movie.

The dialogues are funny and situational. The cinematography is nice capturing the essence of the small town beautifully. Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari is a great director goes with no doubt. She is one talent that has the potential to change the movie scenario. I would say she is the lady Rajkumar Hirani. Her grasp on the script and the way she has got her actors to play their characters effortlessly tells a great lot of things about her talent. Music by Tanishk-Vayu is hummable especially Nazm Nazm and Sweety Tera Drama.

On the whole, go for this sweet treat as you will not be disappointed.

My Verdict: ****/5