"At times the movie accelerates with passion and aggression but at the very next moment, it somehow behaves that you cannot be very passionate or aggressive about your thoughts which you want to convey as if it first crosses a line and then sees a board of guidelines that it needs to follow while being a social message movie so it decides to move back a little."
Shubh Mangal Zyada Savdhan is a laughter riot. It is ambitious at times and still chooses to be light even at places where it needs to be hard in conveying the message. The film starts with the DDLJ train sequence of Kartik and Aman (Ayushmann and Jeetu respectively). They work for a toothpaste company in Delhi. They decide to join Aman's sister Goggle's wedding. Goggle is always crying for help whether it is her Haldi function or her marriage, she is the center of the event but no attention is given to her. What could have been a simple train journey becomes a heart attack journey for Aman's father Shankar Tripathi when he sees Kartik and Aman kissing each other on the train. The blow is given since the very start and thus enough time is given for the message to develop.
An amazing expression dance battle is seen between Kartik and Shankar, that scene doesn't have any dialogues but it is enough to show the tension of conflicting opinions. What really lies ahead is an entertaining journey of making a middle-class family understand that same-sex love is not a disease it is just a feeling.
The first time director Hitesh Kewalya uses events quite brilliantly whether it is Goggle's marriage or black-cauliflower protest but forgets to use the middle-class family setting of Allahabad like the other Ayushmann movie's did. Shubh Mangal Zyada Savdhaan like Shubh Mangal Savdhaan mocks a funny ritual but in a different way. Aman is made to take rebirth as Chandrashekar through some rituals and mantras.
Kartik at one point wisely uses Indian literature and cinema for the reason of homophobia in the older generation, he tells that there always has been a Jack & Jill, Laila-Majnu or Romeo and Juliet sort of love story but never a story has been narrated of love among the same sex. In a silly "trying to force the message unnecessarily" sequence Kartik tells that Jack and Jill's poem is wrong and questions the parents why not the poem is about Jack and Johnny?
At times the movie accelerates with passion and aggression but at the very next moment, it somehow behaves that you cannot be very passionate or aggressive about your thoughts which you want to convey as if it first crosses a line and then sees a board of guidelines that it needs to follow while being a social message movie so it decides to move back a little.
Bhumi Pednekar plays a little scene at the beginning of running from her house to marry someone else, a common thing both the releases of this week, she does the same thing in Bhoot Part One: The Haunted Ship to marry Vicky Kaushal. I don't know if it is planned or not. A hilarious dialogue is given to her " Mere papa KBC dekhte hai bewakuf nahi hai . "
Ayushmann as Kartik and Jitendra Kumar as Aman, both of them shine brilliantly in their roles. Gajraj Rao as Shankar Tripathi and Neena Gupta as Sunaina Tripathi is as always a flawless jodi. Maanvi Gagroo as Goggle plays her short part brilliantly but Manu Rishi Chadha as Chaman Chachaji really steals the attention of everyone whenever his part comes. Music and background score is okayish, not that bad not that good. Ayushmann and Jeetu taking pheras while singing "Yeh Dosti Hum Nahi Todenge. " was such a creative scene.
All things said, Shubh Mangal Zyada Savdhan is entertaining and over-cautious at places but still the performance, acting, plot and humor is quite enough to attract you. A mainstream film taking up such a message with a mainstream actor in lead needs to be acknowledged, even if you have any sort of complaints with the storytelling.
FINAL VERDICT - 3.5 / 5.
Watch this one definitely.