Both Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar are coming off from giving two big hits of the year, 'Bareily Ki Barfi' and ' Toilet-Ek Prem Katha'. Both the actors were applauded for adorable chemistry in their first movie, 'Dum Laga Ke Haisha'. This is their second film together and therefore fans are expecting a lot from the cute on-screen couple.
The R.S. Prasanna directorial, Shubh Mangal Saavdhan deals with the sensitive issue of erectile dysfunction. The movie is a remake of Kalyana Samayal Saadham, a Tamil movie which was released in 2013. Ayushmann and Bhumi play the respective characters of Mudit and Sughandha in the comedy drama film.
The trailer of the movie which was released on August 1 managed to catch the attention of the audiences.
You must be thinking about booking the tickets for Shubh Mangal Saavdhan. If yes, then here we are with the glimpse of what leading dailies have said about the Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar starrer.
Indian Express: When the lines fit right into the situation, we laugh out loud. The highlight of the film is a conversation between a morose Sugu and her mom (the most excellent Pahwa, who is on a roll, after Bareilly Ki Barfi) which attempts to unpack the secret of the birds and the bees. It is hilarious, and is borderline revolutionary because we’ve had fathers and sons do this in our movies, but not so much ma-and-beti’, and certainly not at such length. Both Mudit and Sugu play ordinary, and that’s a good thing: we see them sipping ‘thele ki chai’, supping on street-‘chaat’ and picnicking in un-manicured Delhi gardens. But overall this comedy of middle-class-Dilli-manners-and-mores suffers from a sit-com flatness, and a sagging climax. The film falls into the category of ‘could have been better’, but I’m charmed by the premise and the honesty-minus-vulgarity with which it’s been done.
Hindustan Times: Bollywood takes a step ahead with Ayushmann Khurrana, Bhumi Pednekar-starrer Shubh Mangal Saavdhan - the film that breaks taboos on erectile dysfunction. With an interesting and bold subject, the fun-filled milieu of a north Indian wedding and an ensemble of good supporting actors, Shubh Mangal Saavdhan could have been a gem of a film. Except, it isn’t. Bhumi is quite comfortable in her role as she has essayed similar ones in her previous films. It is a pity that Prasanna does not give enough meat to his supporting actors to chew on. What a waste when you have people like Beijendra Kala and Seema Pahwa. It is Ayushmann who emerges as the star among all the actors. He is funny, lovely and irritable - totally at ease with his character.
DNA: Considering the fact that the topic is erectile dysfunction, it leaves the field wide open for crass humour, but some wonderfully clever writing never lets the movie go anywhere near that zone. The scene where Seems Pahwa, who plays Bhumi's mother, tries to impart sex education to her daughter using the analogy of "Ali Baba" and a cave is just one example of the many humorous scenes peppered in the film. Writer Hitesh Kewalya does a great job. He comes up with some great lines and jabs, like the one about digital India. The movie's length and crisp editing, too, works in its favour. Ayushmann, who played the extremely fertile Vicky in Vicky Donor, walks over to the other end of the spectrum with equal ease. He is in top form. Bhumi delivers another noteworthy performance in her third film. Ayushmann and Bhumi, share an easy chemistry, which comes handy in some tricky scenes.
Deccan Chronicle: One of the shortest commercial films in recent times, Shubh Mangal Saavdhan comes as a breath of fresh air. The highlight of the film are its dialogues written by Hitesh Kewalya. You will find each and every dialogue to be clap or whistle worthy. First half of the film is so entertaining that one won't see the interval point arriving. Although, the film is slightly dragged towards the climax, it can be easily overlooked. A typical hero, who is madly in love with his ladylove, will do anything to achieve and impress her. Imbibing that, Mudit's confession of his love is too melodramatic in the end but still made sense. Shubh Mangal Saavdhan is a sureshot watch this weekend and not to be missed at any cost. It is a perfect stress buster for the common man!
NDTV: Prasanna is aided by the lead pair - Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar, both bright and boundlessly energetic - as well as a wonderful supporting cast (Seema Pahwa, Brijendra Kala Chitranjan Tripathy, Neeraj Sood). Together they ensure that the dual glue of earthy humour and believable situations prevents the ticklish central concept from falling apart. Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, breezy enough at its core not to be bogged down by the weight of its daring and untested pivotal plot point, is never less than entertaining.