‘Shubh Mangal Savdhan’: Small Budget, Big Value


Bollywood movies are famous for a mix and blend of plots from different genres, which may include action, romance, drama, comedy, and what not; so much so that many of them stand out in a genre of their own. Even though I am not a keen fan of Bollywood, and it has no so-realistic concepts and tropes, but a movie like ‘Shubh Mangal Savdhan definitely deserves your time and money.

To me, Ayushman Khurana movies are not a preferable investment but the very first scene knocked me down. The two leads, Ayushman Khurana and Bhumi Pednekar, were a perfect match to do justice to the story. The movie was released on September 1st and grossed over ₹ 2.5 crore on first day of its release in India and a further 2 crore on the second day and continued the momentum through Sunday.

The story is about a boy, Mudit Sharma (played by Ayushmann Khurana) who gets engaged to a girl, Sugandha (played by Bhumi Pednekar). It is going to be an arranged marriage and the extended families of both are looking forward to it. However, Mudit has erectile dysfunction, something that is soon revealed to Sugandha, and on the advice of his friends tries out various quacks to treating his condition.

In the first half, there are gleeful interactions amongst the couple. Mudit sends an online marriage proposal to Sugandha, who is annoyed at the fact that Mudit directly shifted over to marriage rather than having a love affair to start with. But as Sugandha adores Mudit so she eventually ends up accepting the proposal. The rest of the movie deals with Mudit and Sugandha trying to find a solution and deal with the situation.

The humor that the double-meaning jokes and puns bring in the air are one level up with fluent sarcasm in each one of them.

The best part of the movie is how all of the characters in the movie are putting up efforts to help Mudit’s soldier up. To give you a glimpse into it, on the day of marriage, when Mudit and Sugandha are together in one room, all of the relatives are betting on if Mudit would get it this time or not. And finally, in the last scene Mudit manages to help it up and the story ends with a glorious victory on part of Mudit and of course, Sugandha.

The music is average but the cast makes up for it throughout.

At a time when films with bigger stars are failing, small budget films with relevant and entertaining content are proving to be successful. This movie is one of a kind and a complete fun packed experience for all those who like romantic comedies.

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