Star Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Jitendra Kumar, Neena Gupta, Gajraj Rao, Maanvi Gagroo, Manu Rishi Chadha.
Producer: Aanand L.Rai, Bhushan Kumar, Divya Khosla Kumar, Krishan Kumar.
Production Banner: T-series
Writer: Hitesh Kewalya
Director: Hitesh Kewalya
•HOMOPHOBIA• In India, even though the honorable Supreme Court has invalidated section 377 of the Indian Penal Code and has legalized homosexuality but the Indian society doesn't seem to have accepted the judgment with open arms. They find it awkwardly indigestible to accept the fact that a person can naturally fall in love with a person of the same sex! The society still has a regressive mentality of "yeh log kya kar rhe hai", 'Chaar log kya kahenge?", "It's not natural it's a disease!" The Debutant director, Hitesh Kewalya gears up with the stereotype breaker, Ayushmann Khurrana, and the team to break the gay-stereotypes in the society and spread a general awareness about such a special and serious topic in a hilariously light way!
The Story of Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan revolves around the life and the family drama of a gay couple Aman (Jitendra Kumar) and Karthik (Ayushmann Khurrana).
Aman and Karthik are a loving gay couple happily living together in Delhi. Back in Allahabad, Aman's Parents (played by Neena Gupta and Gajraj Rao) who are oblivion to Aman's sexual preferences and desires are trying to hook him up with Kusum (Pankhuri Awasthy). It's during the train journey for a wedding, where the Aman's family comes to know about Aman and Karthik's Gay-relationship. How his family reacts to the fact? Will Aman and Karthik successfully manage to convince the family about their love, breaking the national stereotypes? Will Aman's family accept Aman and Karthik's gay relationship? How they deal with homophobia and society's peer pressure is the premise of the movie.
Talking about the direction and other technical aspects of the movie.
Firstly, kudos to the writer-director, Hitesh Kewalya, it requires a high level of courage and conviction to swim against the tide in your directorial debut. The topic of the film is not a cake-walk! The topic of Homosexuality and Homophobia is a very serious one but Hitesh handles it pretty amazingly well. Serious topic doesn't always require to be dealt with seriousness, the writer-director, Hitesh Kewalya does exactly the same. Hitesh who has also penned the script of the prequel version 'Shubh Mangal Saavdhan' (2017) where he depicted the story of a man who suffers from erectile dysfunction. In 'Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan' he takes up a very important subject and presents it in a very light-hearted manner. The humor is very beautifully used to defuse the tension of the topic. The cinematography is decent in the movie. The dialogues are very witty and beautifully written. Truly a hilarious riot!!
Talking about the underwhelming aspects
The songs in the movie could have been lyrically better. The song 'Mere liye tum kaafi ho' is soulful, rest others fails to create a buzz. The background score seems to be loud at times. It tries to underline each and every punchline in the movie, which isn't required. The Director does not throw much light on Karthik's family story.
The first half is very good but post interval time, like a ship caught in a storm this movie gets lost and takes the wrong direction. It becomes slow in terms of story narrative and a haste climax can be seen.
Talking about the performances
The fearlessly charismatic Aayushmann Khurrana has been delivering movies on social issues and has been nailing those roles again and again. He seems to slide into roles that other mainstream actors would cringe at, with such fluency that mirrors reality, and Shubh Mangal Zyada Savdhan is yet another proof of his diverse talent. Ayushmann convincingly pulls off the gay character of Karthik with such an ease. Jitendra Kumar aka Jeetu bhaiya of TVF(The Viral Fever) web series 'Kota factory' has surprisingly stunned everyone with his flawless acting portrayal of the gay Aman! Not even once he loses his command over the character. Subtle and grounded delivers just what the script demands. Both the main leads do a sparkling job with their hilariously unusual and offbeat role. Their on-screen Gay-Chemistry is very endearing and the kissing scene, in particular, is very bold and hilarious. What takes away all the thunder from the two main leads is the roles of the PARENTS! Beautifully played by the Wonderful 'Badhai ho' (2018) duo, Gajraj Rao and Neena Gupta.
Gajraj-Neena chemistry works wonders in this film too. Gajraj Rao is such a natural actor. Everything he does seems so real like a normal genuine father would do after he finds out his son is gay. Rao keeps the pace of the movie intact. The immensely talented, Neena Gupta utterly steals the show with her impeccable delivery of the 'acerbic wit'. Her taunts, her effortless comic timing and her unique way of dialogue delivery is a treat to watch throughout the movie. In each and every frame they appear, it turns out to be interestingly funny! All four can be seen at almost natural ease while playing their respective characters. The other supporting cast in the movie consists of veteran actors who perform their part of roles equally well.
Overall, this film is silly. This film is witty. The dialogues are sparkling. All these things make it wonderful to watch. The characters we meet are intriguing, and though the 2-dimensional stereotypes are made for laughs, we get the feeling that we are laughing at the strange mix of truth and falsehood many of the stereotypes possess; we are laughing not at people who are "flaming" but at characters who are exuberant, joyous people, trying to squeeze every bit of joy and delight that they can out of every moment. This movie delivers a crucial message on homosexuality and homophobia with a healthy dose of laughter.
It's not a provoking "gay" movie. But tt's a factual character-driven story that we can all identify with if our minds and hearts are open.
Verdict: On the whole, 'Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan' is a small little gem, that demands a viewing.