SHUBH MANGAL ZYADA SAAVDHAN is the story of two men in love in Section 377 era. Aman Tripathi (Jitendra Kumar) is the son of Shankar Tripathi (Gajraj Rao) and Sunaina (Neena Gupta), who are based in Allahabad. Aman works in Delhi and unknown to his family, he’s a gay and is living in with Kartik (Ayushmann Khurrana). Hitesh Kewalya’s story is decent and had the potential to be a game-changer. Hitesh Kewalya’s screenplay however is a big culprit. His dialogues are witty but some of them are just over the top. His direction is weak. The film has lot of subplots but he doesn’t put it together well. Ayushmann Khurrana shockingly is not in his usual form. He has always played the victim but here, he plays the instigator and an actor of his calibre should have hit the ball out of park. Shockingly, he goes overboard. The other bigger shocker is that his screen time is very limited. Believe it or not, Gajraj Rao has the maximum screen time followed by Jitendra and then comes Ayushmann! Gajraj Rao however is too good as always and performs as per the script. Jitendra Kumar fits the role to the T and few of his scenes in the first half are great. Neena Gupta is average. Manurishi Chadha and Sunita Rajwar (Champa) do justice to their respective parts. Pankhuri Awasthy (Kusum) is quite funny. Maanvi Gagroo raises few laughs. Neeraj Singh (Keshav) is decent. Bhumi Pednekar is passable while Gopal Dutt (Doctor in the train) is okay. Music is peppy and gels with the film. Karan Kulkarni’s background score adds to the quirkiness of the film. Chirantan Das’s cinematography is appropriate. Ravi Srivastava’s production design is in sync with the film’s setting. Ankita Jha’s costumes are realistic and special mention should go to Ayushmann’s look. Ninad Khanolkar’s editing is sans complaints. On the whole, SHUBH MANGAL ZYADA SAAVDHAN is a decent attempt and makes an interesting comment on homophobia which exists in our country. At the box office, it has the chance to work with the urban audiences, especially the youth.
Release Date: 21 Febaruary 2020
Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Jitendra Kumar, Gajraj Rao