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Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan- Film Review

“Ayushmaan and Jitendra Kumar embark on a mission that has flavors of DDLJ and ensures consistent laugh riot” 

In Hitesh Kewaliya’sShubh Mangal ZyaadaSaavdhan, AyushmaanKhurrana and Jitendra Kumar play Kartik and Aman – a gay couple who straddle the arduous path of making Aman’s family accept their same sex love. Touted to be a family entertainer based on homosexuality, this installment in the Shubh Mangal Series is more about homophobia.

And it is as tough as accepting a mainstream hero play a homosexual, for an average Hindi cinema viewer. But the film, backed by Aanand L Rai’s Color Yellow Productions, tackles the taboo with plenty doses of laughter. 

As seen in Rai’s earlier projects, the rhythms and vagaries of small town form the DNA and humor outlines the film’s narrative. Here, the writing by Kewaliya is particularly a strong point – that blendsthe gravity of a stigma with the elements of a family entertainer. 

And at the same time, its unsustainable. The first half is an unadulterated rib-tickler with – smart dialogues, well-fleshed characters and stellar performances by the lead as well as the supporting ensemble. But the pace slackens in the second half and the subplots get repetitive. It feels like the material wasn’t optimally juiced out.

But what powers the film are its awesome performances.Ayushmaan Khurrana yet again nails it ,equally complemented by his docile partner, played by Jitendra Kumar. There is no awkwardness between the pair , which is rather so immaculately depicted by Gajrao Rao and Neena Gupta in accepting their son’s sexual orientation. The effervescent chemistry between the duo brings back the memories of 2018’s sleeper hit BadhaiHo.Manu Rishi and MaanviGangroo are bang on. 

The ordeal that Kartik and Aman go through, plays out like the yesteryear’s iconic piece of romance ,DDLJ, and even the stubborn father succumbs to his son’s wish and bidding him a bye with ‘Ja JeeleApniZindagi‘.SMZS is a beckoner for our broadening mindsets. 

Review I go with 3.5 stars.

  • Review by Ahwaan Padhee

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