Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan (2020)
Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan (2020)
Overall score :
The road to achieving a happy ending is a little too rough for two guys Kartik and Aman. While Aman's family tries hard to battle his love for Kartik, Kartik isn't prepared to step back until he marries Aman.
Genre Comedy Drama Romance Social
Target Audience worldwide
Running Time 1h 57min
Producer Aanand. L. Rai Bhushan Kumar Himanshu Sharma Krishan Kumar
Director Hitesh Kewalia
Line Producer Manish Bharati
Music Director Tanishk Bagchi Vayu
Singers Ayushmann Khurrana Mika Singh Romy Bappi Lahiri Arijit Singh Zara Khan
Cinematographer Chirantan Das
Editor Ninad Khanolkar
SHUBH MANGAL ZYADA SAAVDHAN is the story of two men in love in Section 377 era. Aman Tripathi (Jitendra Kumar) is the son of Shankar Tripathi (Gajraj Rao) and Sunaina (Neena Gupta), who are based in Allahabad. Aman works in Delhi and unknown to his family, he's a gay and is living in with Kartik (Ayushmann Khurrana). Hitesh Kewalya's story is decent and had the potential to be a game-changer. Hitesh Kewalya's screenplay however is a big culprit. His dialogues are witty but some of them are just over the top. His direction is weak. The film has lot of subplots but he doesn’t put it together well. Ayushmann Khurrana shockingly is not in his usual form. He has always played the victim but here, he plays the instigator and an actor of his calibre should have hit the ball out of park. Shockingly, he goes overboard. The other bigger shocker is that his screen time is very limited. Believe it or not, Gajraj Rao has the maximum screen time followed by Jitendra and then comes Ayushmann! Gajraj Rao however is too good as always and performs as per the script. Jitendra Kumar fits the role to the T and few of his scenes in the first half are great. Neena Gupta is average. Manurishi Chadha and Sunita Rajwar (Champa) do justice to their respective parts. Pankhuri Awasthy (Kusum) is quite funny. Maanvi Gagroo raises few laughs. Neeraj Singh (Keshav) is decent. Bhumi Pednekar is passable while Gopal Dutt (Doctor in the train) is okay. Music is peppy and gels with the film. Karan Kulkarni's background score adds to the quirkiness of the film. Chirantan Das's cinematography is appropriate. Ravi Srivastava's production design is in sync with the film’s setting. Ankita Jha's costumes are realistic and special mention should go to Ayushmann’s look. Ninad Khanolkar's editing is sans complaints. On the whole, SHUBH MANGAL ZYADA SAAVDHAN is a decent attempt and makes an interesting comment on homophobia which exists in our country. At the box office, it has the chance to work with the urban audiences, especially the youth.
- Ayushmann Khurrana ... Karthik Singh
- Jitendra Kumar ... Aman Tripathi
- Neena Gupta ... Sunaina Tripathi
- Gajraj Rao ... Shankar Tripathi
- Sunita Rajwar ... Champa Tripathi
- Maanvi Gagroo ... Goggle Tripathi
- Manu Rishi Chadha ... Chaman Tripathi
- Pankhuri Awasthi ... Kusum
- Neeraj Singh ... Keshav
- Bhumi Pednekar ... Devika
- Gopal Datt ... Doctor in the train
- Yasin Khan ... Goggle Sasural Uncle 1
- Rahul Shanklya ... Goggle Sasural Uncle 2
- Haardik Gabbi ... Pintu
- Mahesh Seth ... Devika's Father
- Yashwardhan Dubey ...
- Anushree Kushwaha ... TV News Reporter
- Anju Tiwari ... Kusum's Mother
- Naval Shukla ... Kusum's Father
- Brij Kumar Pandey ... Pandit
- Himanshaurya ... Young Aman
- Divyansh Mishra ... Young Karthik
|Box office||est. ₹86.39 crore|
STORY: Salesmen Aman Tripathi (Jitendra Kumar) and Kartik Singh (Ayushmann Khurranna) find love in the capital city of Delhi, where they live in oblivion and their relationship grows and blossoms without being frowned upon. However, problems start to crop up when the two decide to go back to Allahabad and convince Aman's orthodox parents for their approval.
REVIEW: Kartik comes out to his 'lohar' father as a teenager and faces the brunt of it head-on, and so the thought of being judged and the idea of being ridiculed does not bother him much. But, his small-towner partner Aman dreads the mere thought of an ugly confrontation with his folks. While Kartik is still hopeful that his passion-filled romance will melt the Tripathais, Aman knows better — the chance of a collective acceptance is next to impossible!
The opening scene of this romantic comedy manages to squeeze a wide smile out of you, such is the filmy charm of a flamboyant Kartik and his uptight, yet personable, lover Aman. The couple is seen chasing a train to Allahabad, where they are headed for an uphill battle with the latter's family and the society's conventional mentality in general.
Writer-director Hitesh Kewalya's 'Shubh Mangal Zyada Savdhaan' is no straight-talker, instead, it takes time to build up and heighten the drama. And subsequently, madness ensues following a steamy make-out session gone horribly wrong. Aptly, the setting is Allahabad and Aman — the ladla beta — is expected to clear the debt of his 'father's sperm for the rest of his life' by marrying an overtly coy Kusum, who is yet another character stitched into the narrative for emphasising on the buried desires of a submissive two-tier city girl — works for that cinematic effect.
The mood and tone is essentially satirical and puny, laced with melodrama that works at times but feels a little too far-fetched on several occasions. Also, since the film is primarily invested in the small-town drama pertaining to the taboo around same-sex relationships, the writer-director fails to tap on the elements exclusive to small cities like Allahabad, and restricts the plotline to one conventional family. While ignoring the enigma of the holy city and all that it has to offer in terms of visual and cinematic experience, the director snatches away the potential of SMZS being a believable watch.