Short Movie Review: Shubh Mangal needs Zyada Saavdhan before you buy the ticket

Between its prequel (SMS) and sequel, one message is clear – for a man, its easier to love a man than love a woman! Not the correct message, nor the correct movie. Finally an Ayushmann movie fails, the law of averages wins. SMZS is a snore fest and the occasional time the viewer stays engaged is due to tributes given to DDLJ, Deewar, Sholay, Aashiqui, Lage Raho Munnabhai, Bachchan dialogues and a Bappi Lahiri song.

The first half of SMZS is just about saved by Badhai Ho lead stars Neena Gupta, Gajrao Rao and the best of the side cast – Manu Rishi. After that, the script lacks any clear direction or purpose. By this time you are forced to giggle on jokes about men peeing and not washing hands and ‘koi kisi aur ka nahi pakdega, sab apne apne hi pakdenge!’. Homophobia was an apt topic to drive home a strong message, deliver a rip roaring comedy or do both. None of that happens with SMZS. The only positive vibe I left the movie hall was happiness that India has progressed leaps and bounds since that Nandita Das and Shabana Azmi lip lock scene in Fire, back in 1996, created headline screaming controversy.

Honest Rating: 2/5.

Love a man, love a woman, love Ayushmann.. but save your time and money for his next flick.



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