Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Bhumi Pednekar, Brijendra Kala, Shubhankar Tripathi
Director: R S Prasanna
IMBd ratings – 6
Mudit and Sugandha (Bhumi) have a very shubh mangal start to their affair. Love at first sight followed by a blue tick from the parents and shaadi ki date is pakki, but when it’s time to hit a home run, Mudit’s little friend is unable to rise to the occasion.
Set in Delhi, Ayushman and Bhumi both ace the simple, “one of the many in a crowd” vibe to perfection. It conjures up the familiar universe of Bareilly ki Barfi and Bhumi’s latest Toiket Ek Prem Katha, but tackling the bees and birds with some smart writing and lubricated by the brilliant performance of an ensemble cast make it a very special watch.
Seema Pahwa and Neeraj Sood playing Bhumi’s on screen-parents are never less than astonishingly convincing. Hitesh Kewalya’s crisp writing deserves all the credit for churning out one euphemism after another and pun-ning his way to ecstasy.
Probably the only weak spot in the whole act is that it climaxes too soon and abruptly. For a film in which each note has a real ring, the ending seems posy and fake. But for its refreshing take on love, sex and dhoka, Shubh Mangal Saavdhan deserves a must-dekho.
It is nothing short of an orgasmic delight.