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A shallow, even if truthful for some couples, take on marriage. Past the one-liners in the trailer, Shaadi Ke Side Effects is more-or-less stuck in a rut.Read more
One of the side effect of being married is that you have a baby and that, pretty much, takes over life. This seems to be the focus of Shaadi Ke Side Effects. It is a novel theme. The actors engage us with whatever they do. Yet, I am not sure, how interesting they can keep the going-ons with bickering over a baby's upbringing. Even if it is fun-filled.
The part of the audience that will relate to the characters, viz parents, might find it too close to everyday life and thus boring. The other part of the audience might not relate and hence find boring. However, there is a good chance that it'll start out being fun, especially, given the actors.
I'd have never imagined Farhan Akhtar and Vidya Balan to be paired opposite each other. That itself is brave. A gutsy move by the actors and the director. Though Vidya Balan is now expected to make out-of-the-box choices, this is really an unlikely move by Farhan Akhtar, especially after Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.
Sure, there is a hint of over-acting that comes with the exaggeration you see in the trailer and yet it will ring a bell with anyone who has taken care of a baby.
The music is interesting. Now, let's just hope that there is enough in there to hold our interest through the length of the film.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Why do you lie to your partner? To avoid confrontation, to protect them from getting hurt, to protect yourself from hurting, and maybe because you did something to get rid of boredom that they wouldn't approve of. You could blame them, you could blame yourself, but the point is that you end up lying, when you are expected to be honest. This is true of both, men and women. Shaadi Ke Side Effects expresses a very skewed view of this aspect of married life, in a far too stretched-out and repetitive fashion.
I understand there are women out there who are like Trisha Roy (Vidya Balan) - obsessed by their child, want nothing to do with their career, friends, husband. And yes, as shocking as it sounds there are men out there like (tackily named) Siddharth Roy (Farhan Akhtar) who think of their child as the third person. But, I guess obsession by a partner begets apathy towards that obsession by the other partner - the obsession could be sports for one couple, socialization for another, food for the third and so on. But, none of this made interesting copy in Shaadi Ke Side Effects.
The stereotyping of women is infuriating. But then hey, there are only so many Hindi films in which it is not. In cases like these, I convince myself the makers are not generalizing, they are narrating the story of one man and one woman and their relationship. And then, you see her sister who is similar. And you smile, cool down and say, "okay, it runs in the genes." But, Shaadi Ke Side Effects doesn't stop at that. There are sweeping statements about parents of little children. Even under the satire garb, the exaggeration is gag-worthy.
And despite all of this, I saw myself taking sides - for the record, more the man's in this case than the woman's. At one point, when things went the exact opposite of what Siddharth wanted, many in the audience, including me, blurted a "oh no!". Towards the end, I almost furled an abuse at Trisha out loud. This is commendable, considering that other than the fact I know such characters exist, I didn't identify with them at all. 100% credit to Vidya Balan and Farhan Akhtar for that. Ram Kapoor and Vir Das do add their bit of normal and quirk to the mix, but it is all about the lead couple.
But for them, Shaadi Ke Side Effects is one of those films that attempt to find a solution for a serious problem, but don't want to lose out on audience by taking the subject seriously. Given my overall angst towards the film and its take, I appreciate that they do try to say something that is universally acceptable - to each his own.
The problem though is that they try to inject it with humor using an exaggerated dose of hyperbole - only to end up flat on its face. Worse yet, you have seen almost all the quippy one-liners in the trailers. Other than a couple of witticisms in the first 15-20 minutes, there is hardly any new material that makes you laugh later in the film.
This is one film that shouldn't have been longer than a 100 minutes. Each of the 50 minutes after that 100-minute mark is as boring as the Roys' marriage. That is one-third of the film. Not done at all. The music is decent, but when it adds minutes that elongates the experience, that too becomes annoying.
Relationships bud, they blossom, they peak, they plateau, you struggle to make changes to them and then wait to see if they bud again or die. Except that with Shaadi Ke Side Effects is about the struggle. It is cute that the couple is grappling with the relationship and wants to find a way out rather than cop out. You might want them to sort it out. But the problem is that you don't necessarily want to witness it.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama : ...SHAADI KE SIDE/EFFECTS is a delicious take on contemporary relationships. This one's relatable, heart-warming, amusing and thoroughly enjoyable! ... full review
Thumbs up, by Namrata Thakker, Bollywood Life : ...Music composer Pritam has certainly taken the music of Shaadi Ke Side Effects to another level. While found the music of this film really good, you tell us what you think.... full review
Thumbs up, by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal : ...The characters are likeable because of the talents of the actors in their skin. Both Vidya and Farhan perform with tangible sincerity and heart.... full review
Thumbs up, by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA : ...Yes there is fantastic dum in the first half of the film and the movie is total engaging and entertaining. The second half starts to dilute due to side tracks and weak screenplay. But the first half is so enjoyable that you might little bit want to overlook the weak second half and tend to enjoy the film which is like a joyous first half with side effects of second Half... full review
So-So, by Suparna Sharma, Deccan Chronicle : ...Shaadi Ke Side Effects is a greater film on screen than it is on paper because it has the talented Mr Akhtar and Ms Balan. Both bring warmth and a mature, knowing naughtiness to their interactions. They are fun to be with. ... full review
So-So, by Nupur Barua, fullhyd.com : ...The production design is credible, but the costumes could have been upgraded a bit - Vidya Balan looks frumpy, and Farhan Akhtar looks wannabe most of the time... full review
So-So, by Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times : ...The screenplay lurches randomly, eventually leading to a climax so convoluted and false that much of the affection I had for Sid and Trisha evaporated.... full review
So-So, by Mohar Basu, koimoi : ...Hopefully Saket’s next is something more cleverly coherent and mostly consistent without getting convoluted . Till then keep your expectations low and give this one a chance to entertain you!... full review
So-So, by Joginder Tuteja, Movie Talkies : ...This is the reason why one feels that if only the narrative would have been consistent right through the 150 minute play of the film, this 'shaadi' could well have been sans any 'side effects... full review
So-So, by Prasanna D Zore, Rediff : ...Surely, Akhtar and Balan, two of the finest actors in contemporary Bollywood, need to be applauded for pulling off SKSE without giving you any side effects once the credits begin to roll.... full review
So-So, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...Unfortunately, writer-director Saket Chaudhary (Pyaar Ke Side Effects) chooses to show the journey of marriage and parenthood decidedly from Sid’s perspective.... full review
So-So, by Janhavi Samant, Star Blockbuster : ...Shaadi Ke Side Effects is really like a real-life marriage. It’s fun in the beginning. As time passes, it gets progressively tedious till you are finally ready to walk out.... full review
So-So, by ANUJ KUMAR, The Hindu : ...Apart from conjuring up funny moments around seemingly serious issues, Saket’s storytelling keeps you engaged even when you know the obstacles on the way are not entirely novel... full review
Thumbs down, by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express : ...But after a few of these jokes, the film feels toothless, pointless, pretending to tackle real issues while really searching for the next easy punch line.... full review
Thumbs down, by Bobby Singh, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...a married couple needs to live like two islands of the same stream, maintaining the beauty of the space and togetherness untouched. And the day any one island of the two tries to take over the other……….., the whole scenery gets disturbed, losing all its beauty and feel…..forever.... full review
Thumbs down, by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare : ...Had the same film been made with lesser actors, it would’ve been another forgettable rom com. But Farhan and Vidya save this film from mediocrity. There’s no catchy music, there’s very little to hold your interest in terms of story and/or creative concept.... full review
Thumbs down, by Deepanjana Pal, FirstPost : ...what Shaadi... gives us is a portrait of a resoundingly unhappy marriage between two people who have just one flash of passionate chemistry right at the start of the film. After that, it's just unhappily ever after... full review
Thumbs down, by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com : ...But what was most heartening about the film was that Vidya and Farhan kept the screen alive for most part of the first half, without even a third actor on screen! ... full review
YoungSillyTeens: Watched Shadi Ke Side Effects today :P married couple should watch n those who r getting married soon, it's a must watch movie for them :P
Xx_NaV_x: Shaadi Ke Side Effects is nice. Its funny in beginning but gets serious in the middle.
WSFaruqi: 'Shadi Ke Side Effects' is a good laugh #moviecritic
words_anirudh: Loving Shaadi Ke Side Effects, can hear wifey laughing all over the movie hall.
VipinKrishnan: If you r married, almost married or u think u might one day get married : Go & watch 'Shadi ke side Effects' Loved it :)
vikasshrivastav: Just Saw film shadi ke side effects..what an entertaining film..great direction..wonderful story..outstanding and... https://www.facebook.com/vikasshriv/posts/3881021720647
taalz: Shadi ke side effect an amazing movie. Damn hilarious and true (as per my married friends)
SuperSaiyanRam: Shaadi ke side effects nice movie to watch.
sugarskele: Shaadi ke side effects & Ramleela are the only movies I'm satisfied spending my bucks for
snehal0984: shadi ke side effects worth a watch.....
shreeprakashr: Shaadi Ke Side/Effects - Don't miss it. Can watch it TWICE for 1st half (2)
ShashankKalluri: Shaadi ke side effects - A decent watch. Watch out for Farhan Akhtar's comic timing.
shabanacorsa: Shaadi ke side effects was so good
satsadh: Shaadi ke side effects was entertaining liked it.
sapnaprataprai: Shaadi ke side effects. A must watch
RinkuGupta2012: Shaadi ke side effects..good fun film ! @FarOutAkhtar
realgarysaini: Shaadi ke Side effects....wow. Hmm!
RateriaRajesh: Shadi ke side effects is a nice comedy movie!
preepsy: Shaadi ke side effects! Good Comedy! :D
OnlyNityananda: Shaadi Ke Side Effects is fun, funny, funtastic...
nihal1239: Shaadi ke side effects.... Gud movie
Neelofer: Shaadi ke side effects! Awesome movie! Was laughing like mad!
mushtak1990: Shaadi Ke Side Effects.. A good comedy (Which is rare in Bollywood
mhtkrs: Shaadi ke side effects, a bit blown out, otherwise neat n fun film to watch !!
meltingsun: Shadi ke side effects .. Nice movie ! 1st half was amazingly hilarious! Next on list ... NON STOP !
KoolestSoham: Wtchd SHADI KE SIDE EFFECTS was a nyc wtch
karanshah604: shaadi ke side effects shows dnt do shaadi.. superb movie
JaffryJaffry: Hi friends pls watch shaadi ke side effects. Its a nice movie.
itsurfriend: A must watch for couples, shaadi ke side effects. But watch it seperately first.
imsabbah: "@GrumpyGoan: Shaadi Ke Side Effects is brilliant. BRILLIANT. BEST MOVIE EVER. ONLY GOLD CLASS, PLEASE. @imsabbah is bursting with joy."
iFaridoon: Shaadi Ke Side Effects is too long,but good music,grt performances,sum finely written lines makes it worth ur time..try it out!
ideabound: Shadi Ke Side Effects is GOOD, but still lacks WOW factor. Farhan Akhtar n Vidyabalan 2 Gud. ***
iamshapit: Shaadi ke Side effects is... a decent watch. Thanks mainly to Farhan's comic timing and his ability to make contrived scenarios believable.
FlippedGarfield: Shaadi ke side effects done. Fun. Thank god for no melodrama.
FedfanTejal: Watched Shaadi ke side effects! Not bad at all! Cute infact! @FarOutAkhtar..verrrrry nice work!
CrazyHumanKid: Shaadi ke side effects is cool yo. Uber cool.
ChweeetC: Too Good Movie..
chetan_bhagat: Saw Shaadi Ke Side Effects. Sweet. Real. Funny. Congrats @PritishNandy @RangitaNandy @FarOutAkhtar Vidya Balan Saket and the rest of team.
cheku1941: 'Shaadi Ke Side Effects' is fun, and real, and has some nice laugh-out-loud situations.
chcarmelpriyank: just watched shaadi ke side/effects .it is fab.really
bree_khan: #shaadi ke side effects with besties on a girls night out! is fun and real, and has some nice laugh-out-loud situations.#passtime!
BadmashFRQ: Shadi ke side effects. 2nd time ;) @faroutakhtar ;)
b_flyer: So shaadi ke side effects is watchable movie..decent Mix of Humor and Emotions..
asimqureshi73: Shadi ke side effects, guaranteed laughter on the loop for most. Good to see so many laughing in Karachi.Superb @FarOutAkhtar
arpan416: Its Bollywood movie night. Shaadi ke side effects.
akash_vaani: If you are married, almost married or u think u might just one day get married :- Go & watch 'Shadi ke side Effects' Loved it!
ABnormalConnect: Shaadi Ke Side Effects...brilliant first half...unfortunately let down by shoddy second half. Overall worth your time.
abhisheksawnt: Loving the Jazzy B track from Shadi Ke Side Effects. Nice movie and must watch for all married men..great work @FarOutAkhtar!
_jotiikang: Shaadi ke side effects is too cute
viraalX: Shaadi ke side effects dragged. Funny, but too s l o w.
sumitsaurabh: Shaadi Ke side effects ! Amazing first half , slow second half , 2.5 stars !
SteveUnknown: So... 'Shaadi Ke Side Effects'?? Sparkling lead (I couldn't take my eyes off of Vidya Balan) & Farhan is always cool. Film? Draggy, but ok.
sri_massiveboys: Shaadi ke side effects....okay okay TP movie.one time watchable
skodithala: Shaadi Ke Side Effects. Nah, not as great as PKSE. But Farhan Akhtar is brilliant as usual.
sameer_kamra: Movie review: shadi ke side effects Decent movie...not that great as pyaar ke side effects, but still good and decently funny
reviewood: Shadi ke side effects 3 out of 5 dissapointing second half
Reetesh: Shaadi ke side effects was OK. Very one sided story, and stupid twist at the end. Some laughs were good. Some sets & scenes were bad #ReeMov
nishith_pandya: Shaadi ke Side Effects is strictly average. Overrated. The review on Twitter are way off the mark.
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JustChetu: Shaadi ke side effects is average film and compared to it's predecessor it's way behind. Content wise its no where close.
GabruuSingh: Went for movie after long time, Shaadi ke side/effects, first half was good but second half was big disappointment.
furobiker: Abe yaar. Shaadi ke side effects. First half was too funny. Fucked up the second half with emo drama.
dheerajmalineni: shaadi ke side effects:1st half moves on smoothly with fun filled whil 2nd half is bit bore ovr all one time watch mvi 3/5
AshwinQ: Shaadi ke Side/Effects (2014) - This should be renamed product placement ke side/effects. A great cast is let down by a poor story. 2.5/5
aloksmaurya: "Shadi ke side effects" is a sincere effort at making a good movie. Tediously long!
acebhavik: Shaadi ke side effects, not boring but not extraordinary either. Vidya balan just gets better every time. Farhan as good as always.
WhatTheFalooda: Shaadi Ke Side Effects : Overly exaggerated dramatic/traumatic movie. Poor storyline, punchlines and also disappointing acting.
vaibhavjoshi: Shaadi ke side effects = royal headache #wastedtime
TinaSharmaT: So verdict from most of my friends on Shaadi Ke Side Effects: it's unanimous. Boring, slow. Every1 walked out in interval. Go watch Highway!
swapnapillai: Shaadi Ke Side Effects is the most atrocious movie ever made on married couples. Erratic. Immature. Nonsensical.
surinderxx: Shaadi ke side effects movie review : first half ok.. Second boring..
sportykrish: "Shaadi Ke Side Effects" Review. Fuckall 2nd half. Dont watch. Confused story. So not worth.
smitajain2910: Effects of "Shaadi ke side effects?!?!?!?" I'll tell u.... HEADACHE....
SleazeMaster: Sat through "shaadi ke side effects" with HER. What a bakwaas film man. Despite whatever milkha singh and thunder thighs tried, story crappy
shehzeenrehman: Ok so Shadi Ke Side Effects starts off nice, and then evolves into five movies packaged into one :/
santosh26141: Why #Farhan_Akhtar Why ! #Disappointed #Shaadi_ke_Side_Effects
safiranand: Shaadi ke side effects...yawn yawn. Boring movie #ShaadiKeSideEffects
rohet1: Shadi Ke Side Effects left a lot to be desired. Redudent characters, overexplored plot and a pathetic ending..Overestimated...3/5
RJDeepali: Shaadi Ke Side Effects! Arghh. The second half is the biggest side effect. Tortures.
rahulgohil92: Watched "Shaadi ke side effects" today. It was just a "bakwaas" movie. Please don't waste either your money or your time on it.
Propahgainda: 20 minutes into shaadi ke side effects, I have a bloody headache
PriyaSheth7: The movie shaadi ke side effects left me with very bad side effects *headache* to begin with
preetiwari: Shaadi ke side effects. Totally waahiyaat! Stale jokes, no/stupid story.
PreetiTalks: Shadi ke side effects has its moments, is kind of a timepass but totally unrelatable n impractical.
paddlewswift: Shaadi ke side effects, disappointment. Second half was too stretched out and boring. Clichéd ending.
MunnaHazare: cc @PritishNandy RT @preetiwari Shaadi ke side effects. Totally waahiyaat! Stale jokes, no/stupid story.
Mohit__Mohit: Shaadi Ke Side Effects....Don't watch it even if you're being paid to...Irritating acting by lead actors, trying to be 'cool'
maxdavinci: Shaadi ke side effects 5/10 - drags a bit too long, farhan is fun, Ms. Balan was difficult to look at. Unwanted melodrama in the end
lahiri2moy: Shaadi Ke Side Effects starts great bt ends in disappointment. Both, d script writer n d director didn't knew what 2 do after intermission.
KwitaSaini: Shaadi Ke Side Effects has its moments, but overall it's a big yawn zzzzz
Kamina_Rohit: Shaadi Ke Side Effects ke Side Effects Sach Me Bahut Bekar Hai...
jenaanindya: Do second half of Shadi ke side effects is pathetic
Film__Station: Shaadi Ke Side Effects: Vidya Balan & Farhan Akhtar impressive | Few good scenes | Poor script | Poor film | Not amazed ppl left midway |2/5
Farji_CA: Shaadi ke side effects - I want my money back..bakwaas
DecentPervert: "Shadi Ke Side Effects" will definitely give you a lot of effects on your otherwise normal brain. Pathetic and dull.
crazysam3d: not even funny....shaadi ke side effects sucking to the core. I dont understand how people in the theatre are laughing.
bollybunnies: "@yanki25: #Shaadi Ke Side Effects Farhan Akhtar and Vidya Balan can't stop their side effects @indiatoday SUPER STUPID BORING NONSTARTER
bkgcooldude: SHADI KE SIDE EFFECTS ........... SENSELESS EFFECTS .... NON SENSE
bkapilan: Shaadi Ke Side Effects - Tale of 2 halves... Avoid... Especially 2nd half... 1 star out of 5... :) #SKSE
BeingKharoud: Shaadi ke side effects: 2 stars from my side
AwkwarDsouza: Shaadi ke side effects. Ugh. Such a disappointment. Cliched and preachy. Why farhan why?!?
aThakkali: Story was so pregnant with possibilities. Farhan tries hard. Where are the Kahaani days Vidya? Disappointing Shaadi Ke side Effects!
AppyOfficial: 'Shaadi ke side effects' is another movie in my list of Top worst movies of Bollywood. #SKSE
ankurdpathak: Saw Shaadi ke side effects. Dumb movie. First half is very good. 2nd half is more bad than 1st is good. Overall a disappointment.
ankionthemove: Shadi ke Side Effects is a headache.Left it by the interval #Bollywood
AnjunaRulz: iRate: Shaadi Ke Side Effects : 2/5
Akshat_trivedi: Shaadi ke side effects !!!! Below average ...!!!
ajaygeorge: Shaadi ke Side effects will officially go down as the first movie I have walked out of a theatre.
abishekchopra: Whether you're married or not, avoid Shaadi ke side effects. Pakau.
_Mandar: Shaadi Ke Side Effects. Worst. Farhan Akhtar. Movie. Ever. Worst. Acting.
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