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Shubh Mangal Savdhan – MOVIE REVIEW

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Movie – Shubh Mangal Savdhan

Releasing Year – 2017

Language – Hindi

Country of Origin – India

Director: R.S. Prasanna

Shubh Mangal Savdhan Review:

Shubh Mangal Savdhan is a comedy movie based on a funny but very sensitive topic of ‘male erectile dysfunction’ (which is widely concerned as a taboo topic in India). The good thing about this film is that it has dealt with this topic in a very light and comic way. And this is also the drawback of the movie as you never get to understand or feel the “severity of this issue”. Shubh Mangal Savdhan fails to impart any social message to audience unlike the on-screen couple’s 2015 movie Dum Laga Ke Haisha.

Before watching, I had a feeling that Shubh Mangal Savdhan should have a good message for the audience, but it was not there in any form. Also, the way this ‘sensitive topic’ has been dealt with is not convincing. It felt that just for the sake of comedy even serious scenes have been turned into laughing stock

From the technical point of view, the film has good direction. The music, however, failed to impress me, the songs are just average, and the background score too is mediocre for my liking. The highlight is acting by the entire cast. Ayushmann Khurrana is as convincing as he always is in yet another portrayal of a “Delhi Guy”. Bhumi Pednekar is wonderful and confident in the role of a normal middle-class Delhi girl. The other notable performances came from Anshul Chauhan as Ginni (Bhumi’s BFF) as she tries to solve Bhumi’s problem in a confident, sincere and yet funny ways; and Seema Bhargava (Vimla) who tries to teach her daughter, “the life’s secret” with an example of “Ali Baba and 40 Thieves Story”.

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Bhumi Pednekar & Ayushmann Khurrana in Shubh Mangal Saavdhan.

Storyline:

Mudit is following Sugandha for a month and when he finally tries to talk to her an unfortunate accident happens, and he is attacked by a bear. Then, he resorts to “online matrimony services” and sends his proposal for Sugandha. Within days, they get engaged and one night when they are alone, Mudit finds out that he has some “male problem”. He reluctantly tells Sugandha and she asks him to find a solution for it before the marriage. As the marriage date approaches, a tension develops between the two, at times overshadowing their love for each other. Will they get married? Mudit will ever be able to do it? Or The couple will be separated? The answer to all these questions you can find out in theaters, as I don’t want to spoil the fun for you.

My verdict and Rating of Shubh Mangal Savdhan

I gave this film 8 out of 10. Even with not so strong storyline, this film is a good to watch one-time stuff. Shubh Mangal Savdhan is a great 2-hour comic ride, however, it lacks the quality of Vicky Donor and Dum Laga Ke Haisha, in terms of content. I would recommend watching it soon and be assured that you won’t be disappointed with this one.

 

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Toilet Ek Prem Katha Review

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Movie – Toilet Ek Prem Katha

Directed by – Shree Narayan Singh

Language – Hindi (Khadi Boli Dialect of Western Uttar Pradesh)

Country – India (Bollywood)

Genre – Romance, Comedy, Social

Releasing Year – 2017

Toilet Ek Prem Katha Review:

Written by Siddharth Singh and Garima Wahal (based on a similar real life incident of a couple)  Shree Narayan Singh’s Toilet Ek Prem Katha is a movie that openly supports and praises the current Narendra Modi-led BJP government’s “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan”. The film very subtly and wisely puts the blame for the lack of public toilets on the citizens, almost in a way that it vindicates government for all its flaws and inability to enforce its own policies. Toilet Ek Prem Katha has some serious distortion of facts, anyways I am not going to talk about it, if you really want to read about it then read  Anna MM Vetticad’s review on Firstpost. She has explained everything in detail.

Now let’s talk about the film.

 

Toilet Ek Prem Katha Storyline:

Set in a village near Mathura, Uttar Pradesh Toilet Ek Prem Katha tells the story of Keshav (Akshay Kumar) a Manglik, who he is 36 and still a bachelor because of his “kundli”. His father (Sudhir Pandey) is a devout pandit with sanskars. He allegedly marries Keshav to a buffalo (to ward off evil from his kundli) and then asks him that he could only marry a girl who has “double-thumb” (something that is rarest of rare on this earth). Earlier, Keshav is shown having break-up with a village girl (Sana Khan) to marry a buffalo. Sana says to him that if he had courage he would have asked her hand from her father to which Keshav politely jokes and they both say last goodbyes to each other.

Later Keshav meets a girl (Bhumi Pednekar) who is a topper (in BCA) and belongs to a family of Joshis (Brahmin people). Her Kakka (elder uncle) Anupam Kher, a jolly man in his late 60s perhaps is an ardent fan of “Sunny Leone” (an element that’s solely there in the movie to make you laugh). Her father too is a man with an open mind (compared to the society he is a part of). Immediately, Keshav starts stalking the girl (something that’s very common in that part of India where the movie is set). At first, Jaya resents Keshav and even threatens him, but eventually, she falls in love with him.

Soon after, the couple gets married (by doing a jugaad of double thumb for Jaya). The very next morning after their first night Jaya came to know this harsh and pathetic reality that her in-laws’ house has no shauchalaya (toilet). She is further angry with the fact that to Keshav and the whole village having no toilets in home and doing open defecation is a “normal” thing as their sanskriti (culture) doesn’t allow them to have toilets in their homes.

She asks him to build a toilet but his efforts go waste as his father gets angry. For few days, Keshav takes Jaya to various places for shauch (toilet) including railway station where a Gorakhpur-bound train has a stoppage of 7 minutes. One day, Jaya gets locked in the train toilet and train leaves the station.

From here, the movie takes a complete 360 degree turn and becomes a government propaganda in support of Prime Minister’s “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan”. The couple are on the verge of getting divorced and this matter takes up the shape of a national issue. Will there be a solution to Jaya and Keshav’s problem? That’s something you can find out in the theatres not here… 🙂

 

Why To Watch Toilet Ek Prem Katha:

Toilet Ek Prem Katha has good direction, innovative script (keeping in mind what Bollywood offers us nowadays), and some nice and hitting dialogues. I liked the dialogue “Sanskriti ko Sanskrit Bna Diya Hai Aap Logon Ne” (Akshay Kumar to ‘Sarpanch’, the village head of the village). The film’s songs are really melodious and very desi flavored. The background score too is quite good. From the acting point of view, there’s hardly any loopholes in Toilet Ek Prem Katha. Every character is cut to perfection.

Bhumi Pednekar of Dum Laga Ke Haisha fame is charming, sensible and desi at the same time. Akshay Kumar did what he does best, comic acting. Divyendu Sharma as Naru (Keshav’s brother) is superb to watch with his body language and witty dialogues. The other characters too are well-crafted.

 

My Favorite song of Toilet Ek Prem Katha

 

My Verdict & Rating:

I gave Toilet Ek Prem Katha, a 10 on 10. The reason is simple, it made me laugh throughout two and a half hours. If we keep its political motives aside, Toilet Ek Prem Katha with not so sensible name does make a lot of sense overall (only, if you really want to understand it).

I would suggest cinema lovers not to go into the politics of this film rather treat it as a normal Bollywood flick. I guarantee you will enjoy it.

 

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Dum Laga Ke Haisha – Movie Review

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Movie: Dum Laga Ke Haisha

Year: 2015

Country of Origin: India (Hindi, Bollywood)

Languages: Hindi (Khadi Boli)(Mainly), English (Few Dialogues)

Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy

Rating: 7.5/10 IMDB  3/5 Bollywood Hungama  3.5/5 Movies NDTV

Dum Laga Ke Haisha Review:

Very rarely we expect something “off-track” from Bollywood. Dum Laga Ke Haisha is one such movie that is completely off-track from the norms of today’s Bollywood. There are many things different about this film such as it is filmed in a small city only (there are no exotic locations in the movie), it is a romantic movie but not a one we have become accustomed of seeing in Bollywood. Last but not least, there is no “hourglass figured” lead actress in this film. Having said this now I must come to the story-line of this movie. Well, the out-of-league story-line is the reason why I am writing a review for Dum Laga Ke Haisha. The movie tells the story of a matric fail guy named Prem Prakash Tiwari (Ayushmann Khurana), Prem is a guy who despite having no talent and decent education dreams of a good life and beautiful life partner. But destiny has something else for him. His parents almost force him to marry Sandhya (a girl who is fat). Sandhya is educated and qualified for teaching, keeping in mind the financial situation of his family Prem agrees to marry her. Although in his heart he never accepts Sandhya as his wife. From the wedding night itself a sort of strangeness comes between the couple. This strangeness turns to separation when in a marriage party Prem abuses his wife in front of his friends. Sandhya by chance listens to this insult and slaps him on the face.

After this incident, Sandhya goes back to her home and files for divorce. Upon hearing about the divorce Prem’s mother fell unconscious and asks her son to bring back Sandhya. Prem is still unmoved and they all go for divorce to court. The judge decides in the favor of Sandhya, but with a condition  that both needs to stay for some days together so that they can resolve their issues and if still there is no mutual consent for staying together the court will accept their divorce petition. Now, these few days prove to be the most “precious” of Prem and Sandhya’s life as they discovers more about each other and their relation becomes even stronger after winning the “Dum Laga Ke Haisha” competition.

Characters To Watch Out:

Ayushmann Khurrana as Prem Prakash Tiwari: He has given his best in this film, Ayushmann is a multi-talented person and he is definitely getting better by age. His body language and face expressions are an absolute treat to watch. Whenever he is frustrated or crying in the film one can feel the misery of the character of Prem. Full marks to Ayushmann for the acting and portraying this role with full intensity.

Bhumi Pednekar as Sandhya Varma: Bhumi is the dark horse of Dum Laga Ke Haisha. I never expected such high-class and flawless acting from a newcomer, but she has done it quite convincingly. Her dialogue delivery and body language is really appreciable.

Sanjay Mishra as Chandra Prakash Tiwari: Sanjay is a well-known face in Bollywood from the long time. In this film too he is at his usual best. Without him the “light part” of this will would have been uncompleted. His lighthearted dialogues and comic acting as the father of a unworthy son is something to be remembered for a long time.

My Verdict And Rating of This Film:

I have rated Dum Laga Ke Haisha 10 out of 10 mainly because of its high quality acting, wonderful direction and a kind of “realistic” and thought-provoking story-line. One thing about which I was a little disappointed was the music of this movie which is to me a below average one. Anyways who cares about songs these days in movies. In my view if you are brave enough to see some realistic story in Bollywood movies then go for this one. Dum Laga Ke Haisha is a surprise package according to my understanding which I am sure a true movie lover would always appreciate.

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