wogma rating: Add to that never-watched 'To Watch' list (?)
Fresh topic? yep!
Middle-class setting that reminds you of films from the 70s? yepp!!
Great performances? yeppp!!!
Engaging film? No :(
The super combination of Ayushman-Bhumi as lead and a Vicky Donor feel to the film makes me look forward to Shubh Mangal Saavdhan ever so eagerly.
And Vicky Donor made a traditionally inappropriate subject seem absolutely appropriate. In fact, the girl's father from Shubh Mangal Saavdhan reminded me of the quirky grandmother from Vicky Donor. Also, the kind of turmoil that the couple seems to be in, has a similar texture as that faced by the Vicky Donor couple - everything is going well, but...
Same goes for the music of all the three films. Having watched at least 2 movies a week, every week for the last 10 years. Very rarely do I feel this – this film looks extremely promising! Worry not, I have over a week to temper my expectations.
Shubh Mangal Saavdhan releases on 1 September, 2017.
Bollywood Life - "The music speaks for itself as it fits perfectly in this love track."
- meeta, a part of the audience
For a movie that has so many departments working well individually, Shubh Mangal Saavdhan is ultimately underwhelming. With Ayushman Khurana and Bhumi Pednekar at the helm of affairs, there is little doubt with the acting department even before the movie begins. In some sense, it is a given that the topic will be interesting given this cast for that's how they seem to pick their scripts. The reminiscence of the 70s style of narration – a story from a small snippet of a middle-class family is always endearing. That makes Shubh Mangal Saavdhan one of those times when the “how” is as good as the “what” and yet it doesn't work because they aren't in sync.
It is disheartening that the next time the topic and these behavioral observations are taken up in a film, they will seem like a repeat.
At first, the film might come across as a strong statement on feminism. While the film is that it is much, much more about gender roles, even more than it is about the taboo subject of erectile dysfunction. Gender roles and associated pressures of “being a man” and “lady-like” are even directly addressed without spoon-feeding or preaching.
There are other endearing behavioral observations. Such as, the woman wanting excitement before the wedding, especially in an arranged marriage. Despite being rather common in real life, this theme has been only fleetingly touched upon in movies off and on. Here it gets some space to bloom. Unfortunately, it doesn't feel wholesome.
Another huge part of the film is the exaggerated involvement of the family. The satire is amusing for a bit but the hyperbole gets tiring in a bit. I am always in awe when the writers go over-the-top but the actors don't. While Brijendra Kala seems repetitive. Seema Pahwa makes me want me to see more and more of her, with every film, even if it is similar kind of roles.
Similarly, Pednekar is getting slightly repetitive while Ayushmann Khurana brings more nuance with every film. Some of this might have to do with how the film is written and the characters these two play. The interactions between the lead pair seem out of sync. Before any chemistry is established they are shown alternating between being loving to and upset with each other. Their interaction seems random.
Fortunately it can be enjoyed one scene at a time. The brilliant actors that they are, they manage to create a few moments too. There is one scene that will stick with me for a long, long time. In one short situation which is very awkward for both characters, you see how much respect they have for each other and how much they are willing to do for the other too.
Bhumi Pednekar might be falling into a bracket – of a middle class woman who speaks her mind, while stays kind and caring. You could say the same thing about Ayushman Khurana, but I am happy with the small variety he brings within the romance genre. From the totally confident man in Nautanki Saala who draws the woman he loves close to him to this diffident, hesitant, gentle man.
While the film is that it is much, much more about gender roles, even more than it is about the taboo subject of erectile dysfunction.
It is disheartening that these moments aren't spread through the film's writing. It is disheartening that the writing feels disjointed as if it was written over years and the writers lost objectivity. It is disheartening that the next time the topic and these behavioral observations are taken up in a film, they will seem like a repeat. In some sense, we have lost the “freshness” of this topic within a romantic relationship to “done before” in a sub-optimal way.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express : ...It’s funny and touching at once, one of the most beautiful depictions of compromise in our cinema. Shubh Mangal Saavdhan is yet another “small” film that shows where so many of our bigger movies go wrong. It’s not rocket science. It’s just the basics. With an alert cast, flavourful writing, good filmmaking, it’s not… hard..... full review
Thumbs up, Bollywood Hungama : ...On the whole, SHUBH MANGAL SAAVDHAN is a light hearted flick that can be seen by the whole family despite its taboo subject. At the box office, it has the potential to grow by word of mouth and emerge as the surprise of the season. Definitely recommended. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Rohit Bhatnagar, Deccan Chronicle : ...Shubh Mangal Saavdhan is a sureshot watch this weekend and not to be missed at any cost. It is a perfect stress buster for the common man! ... full review
Thumbs up, by Akash Shirsat Sky , Desi Martini : ...Really Nice movie with a light hearted content. Ayushman & bhumi done justice to their role. A good movie with a Social message in a comic way. Very good... full review
Thumbs up, by Shasnk Shekhar, Desi Martini : ...It is a must watch film for people of all age groups.At last,the couple stood for love and not for sex,a great morale concluded from the film.Kudos to the team of Shubh Mangal Saavdhan.... full review
Thumbs up, by Zinia Bandyopadhyay, Desi Martini : ...Had there not been the over dramatic scene, this film could have been one of the most perfect film of the year. But then, there is no doubt that this is one of the best and most entertaining films of the year! This is definitely a must watch and you might just want to see it again after watching it once! ... full review
Thumbs up, by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare : ...The music of Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, created by Tanishk Bagchi with contributions from Vayu is the masterstroke. Not only are the lyrics sensible and relevant, they actually play a part in the storytelling process. Minus the melodies and the zany lyrics, this film would've been a flaccid affair. Director RS Prasanna has handled the same subject in Kalyana Samayal Sadham, the 2013 Tamil hit, that's inspired Shubh Mangal. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Suhani Singh, india today : ...With Dum Laga Ke Haisha behind them there is a genuine comfort in their scenes of intimacy and repartee. But the biggest success of Prasanna's film is that it takes a topic off limits for many and makes it engaging for all.... full review
Thumbs up, by Ananya Bhattacharyal, india today : ...This is easily one of the best films that Bollywood has given us in 2017, a year that has been notoriously dry as far as good cinema is concerned. Shubh Mangal Saavdhan does not fall flat. It flies.... full review
Thumbs up, Indicine : ...Conclusion: Shubh Mangal Saavdhan could have been a cult film, it settles with being a very good film. An opportunity lost? Perhaps. But it does so much right. It starts a conversation about such a prickly topic, it fights for equality and women empowerment, and it does all this through a lighthearted treatment of the whole story. It may still be too early for normal middle class Indians to watch this movie with their family members but it does need to be seen by a lot of people to break their conventions about manhood and masculinity. Go watch it! ... full review
Thumbs up, by Umesh Punwani, koimoi : ...Do not at all confuse this film as a sex comedy, IT IS NOT! This film is binded along with making you LOL, will make you think. It tackles a subject which everyone has heard of but very few talk about. Go and see how Bollywood is progressing, go and watch how this is 2017 and we’re ready to watch anything we want. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Mayank Shekhar, MiD DAY : ...This film subtly, beautifully delves on this very idea of machismo, employing first-rate humour to discuss male sexual issues that otherwise remain so hidden under the carpet that the only way to address them is through babas and quacks, who put up secret bills and graffiti with their phone numbers across every Indian town. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Pankhurie Mulasi, Movie Talkies : ...The songs are melodious and the background score helps build the narrative. This is the most entertaining film of 2017 and is a must watch this weekend.... full review
Thumbs up, by Kunal Guha, Mumbai Mirror : ...The film perseveres to ensure it doesn't make light of the dysfunction in question, and chooses instead to parody the mayhem triggered by it. This is because aside from all the gags about performance pressure, ED happens to be a serious, rarely spoken of, debilitating condition that has altered marriages. But then, as they say, no hard feelings. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV : ...Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, breezy enough at its core not to be bogged down by the weight of its daring and untested pivotal plot point, is never less than entertaining. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Sukanya Verma, Rediff : ...With its fine zingers and feisty acknowledgement, Shubh Mangal Saavdhan does more for sex, both noun and verb, than any Hindi film can claim to in a long, long time. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Namrata Joshi, The Hindu : ... Hope their welcome presence now doesn’t get sealed as a formula for the future. Shubh Mangal Savdhaan’s charm is in the little things than the bigger picture.... full review
Thumbs up, by Neil Soans, Times of India : ...It's quite the disappointment, and while that doesn't negate the undeniable effort put in by the cast, it makes you wonder why the narrative suddenly went limp. That aside, 'Shubh Mangal Saavdhan' keeps you entertained long enough to make it worth a watch. ... full review
So-So, by Anna MM Vertticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies : ...Shubh Mangal Saavdhan then is super-fun till it gets superficial. It is, to borrow the tagline of another film now in theatres, sundar, susheel and risky in its first half, flails about in the second, but remains entertaining overall. Handle it with care and alertness. ... full review
So-So, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...In short, would like you to watch both SHUBH MANGAL SAAVDHAN (Hindi) and KALYANA SAMAYAL SAADHAM (Tamil), in order to study how a film gets remade distinctively for a different kind of audience existing in the same country. ... full review
So-So, by Sreeju Sudhakaran, Bollywood Life : ...Shubh Mangal Saavdhan could have been the best romantic comedy Bollywood has seen in years. It tackles a risky premise, the humour was brilliant and the performances were first-rate. Unfortunately, the writing suffers a ‘gent’s problem’ towards the end, leaving us high and dry. Still, I would recommend you to watch SMS purely for the humour and Ayushmann-Bhumi’s amazing chemistry. ... full review
So-So, by Disha Dhingra, Desi Martini : ...Overall, the film is a refreshing change from the usual mundane, yet it had the potential to be much better because of the cast, yet the director fails to use them. ... full review
So-So, by Vishal Verma, Glamsham.com : ...All said and done, SHUBH MANGAL SAAVDHAN in spite of its flaws manages its promise date of a rom com that offers something different, thanks to its quirky, bold, snappy and saucy fun powered by an all the way endearing Ayushmann & Bhumi. ... full review
So-So, by Uday Bhatia, Live Mint : ...But this doesn’t erase what’s come before: a funny, hopeful film, with enough dry wit and generosity of spirit to allow it to circumvent the farcical pitfalls of its subject matter.... full review
So-So, by Subhash K Jha, MiD DAY : ...This is a brave and bright film with its heart in the right place and its gaze refreshingly free of a gender bias fixed firmly at the crotch level. ... full review
So-So, by Raghav Jaitly, Zee News : ...In the end, I would just like to say that 'Shubh Mangal Saavdhan' is an intelligent amalgamation of a good script and decent acting. It will make you laugh, it will make you think and it will also show a mirror to the 'modern' society. You will definitely go home wearing a smile. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal : ...The writers come up with unconvincing twists to keep the aggravated twosome together. A surprise cameo doesn’t do much to extend believability either. Ayushmann Khurrana’s effortlessly performance is worth appreciating but Bhumi Pednekar’s hardworking one borders on irritating. This is a well-meaning film no doubt but who is going to sit through its floppy incipient shenanigans? ... full review
Thumbs down, by Sweta Kaushal, Hindustan Times : ...Prasanna presents Shubh Mangal Saavdhan in a rather flat manner and refuses to give space to characters other than the hero and heroine, leaving behind one mess of what could have been a fun-filled entertainer. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Manisha Lakhe, Now Running.com : ...The best ensemble cast too ends up just watching a really bizarre physical stunt, a pointless cameo from a sweet Jimmy Shergill, and a daft ending that makes no sense at all. It just seems that the filmmakers had no clue about where and what to do with the good stuff they had. Alas, a limp ending to the film. ... full review
whatrishsaid: Watched Shubh Mangal Saavdhan. Meaningful comedy, fine acting, Bhumi was extraordinary, all other characters blended well together. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
veathika: Great script, subject & star performances. Shubh Mangal Savdhan is such a breath of fresh air in #Bollywood
Themangofellow: Shubh Mangal Saavdhan is total fun. Go watch it.
Thalaiva_Rahul: Shubh mangal saavdhan mast movie hai... dialogue to
suhani84: The dancing bear scene in Shubh Mangal Saavdhan is the unfunniest and most insensitive bit in what is otherwise a lovely film. 1/5
SritikaDhar: Watched Shubh Mangal saavdhan and absolutely loved loved loved the movie!!! ❤️
Shraddha48: Shubh Mangal Savdhan is two hours of pure laughter. And @ayushmannk is terrific here. Don't give it a miss.
shankz510: Shubh Mangal Saavdhan is easily one of the best satires Bollywood has come out with! #laughriot
saumya_thakur: Really loved Shubh Mangal Saavdhan. Beautifully presented @psbhumi and @ayushmannk ❤
s4niya: Shubh Mangal Saavdhan looks cute
ryanmstephen: OMG! You guys have to watch Shubh Mangal Saavdhan! It is hysterical! I can't stop laughing!
ronyd: Shubh Mangal Savdhan - Good fun. Even though it derails in the last act, Hitesh Kewalya's dialogue writing and the actors owning those lines
RoflMarathi_: Just watched Shubh Mangal Saavdhan.. Superb..
raosmastaani: Shubh mangal savdhan is a well made and entertaining film and am in love with bhumi
RakshitShah2: Shubh mangal saavdhan is terrific. What a movie! What a writing! Totally brilliant.
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PunamKadam: Shubh Mangal Savdhan is a laughter riot. Such a relevant movie! @ayushmannk @psbhumi are in a great form. Go watch!
pretty_purvi: Shubh mangal saavdhan is hilarious and film made with maturity and without being vulgar. One of the best 2017 movie.
POETICandFUNNY: #ShubhMangalSaavdhan is the good movie this week.
Parisian_Jane: Shubh Mangal Savdhan. Such a fun movie in a long time.
miniojha: Want a reverse Vicky donor watch shubh Mangal savdhan... — feeling amused
mainbhiengineer: Interval time, Shubh mangal saavdhan is almost there to be the best movie of the year till now.
MadhurRamani: 'Shubh Mangal Saavdhan' is frikking hilarious. Must watch.
kunwarkundan: Shubh Mangal Saavdhan @ayushmannk @psbhumi best ever !!!
iNaimish: But, like, seriously, I got out of the movie three hours ago and I'm still thinking about the
ImmortalizeBoi: Okay! so Shubh Mangal Savdhan is such a great movie. R.S. Prasanna amazingly explained middle class family conversations❤
idrrajdeep: A consistently entertaining rom-com that deals with an 'adult' subject with sheer nuance.Nothing dysfunctional about Shubh Mangal Saavdhan.
iamtarannum: Just watched Shubh Mangal Saavdhan.Absolute brilliance. Excellent screenplay. @ayushmannk Congrats on d success of two back-to-back movies.
Iam_Raavan: Watched SMS (Shubh Mangal Savdhan) @ayushmannk great work bro...hit in @BareillyKiBarfi as well.your comic timing and dialogue delivery, God
hbk_abhi: Shubh Mangal Saavdhan was so good. Haven't laughed in the theatre this much in a long time. 3.5/5 for me despite a clumsy & forced third act
Govind_CMA: Full on comedy with a strong message to society# shubh Mangal Saavdhan
GEETROCKKER: Shubh Mangal Savdhan is an awesome Movie..
gairo0: Shubh Mangal Saavdhan is quick witted family comedy for grown ups. Don't misunderstand it for a sex com.
GabbbarSingh: Dear god, Shubh Mangal Savdhan is such a laugh riot!!
DivaBhansali: Loved @ayushmannk in Shubh Mangal Saavdhan
dharmubaba: Shubh Mangal Savdhan was a great watch
brindiiyer: Severe stomach ache cause of the laughing during Shubh Mangal Saavdhan. What a RIOT!
bourne_rohieyt: Shubh mangal Saavdhan is a riot. Do not remember last movie that offered such consistent laughs since Delhi Belly. WOW!!!!!
blunders_pride: Super movie!!! Shubh mangal savdhan!!!!!
belovedziamx: Shubh mangal savdhan is so good
baymatlab: Shubh Mangal Saavdhan is easily one of the funniest movies that has released this year & touched upon a very pertinent topic #MustWatch
AwnCone: A fun filled watch for all.
AsthaD: Shubh mangal savdhan is a laugh riot! Ayushman and Bhumi are awesome together
AshishGanju: Shubh Mangal Saavdhan! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Hilarious movie, tackles ED issue with humor #ShubhMangalSaavdhan
Amit_knc2015: Shubh mangal saavdhan is hilarious and film made with maturity and without being vulgar. One of the best 2017 movie.
akashkeyal: Shubh Mangal Saavdhan is a laugh riot. haven't laughed like that since Tanu Weds Manu returns. #ShubhMangalSaavdhaan
abhisek_s: Shubh Mangal Saavdhan is the funniest film I have seen in a while. Superb writing and excellent performances from the ensemble cast.
_logik: Shubh Mangal Saavdhan is a college skit made into a film. But so well done, and the jokes hilarious :)
Kalpedia: Saw shubh mangal saavdhan, it was all ok but they over did it at the end! #Bollywood #SubhMangalSaavdhan **
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