Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan (2020) – Movie Review

Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan is a social satire comedy film written and directed by Hitesh Kewalya and produced by Anand L. Rai. The film stars Ayushmann Khurrana in the lead role. Nowadays, Ayushmann himself has become a movie genre, in which the film talks on a very odd social issue but in a comical way. This film also speaks about one such issue – Homosexuality. The film is a spin-off of the film Shubh Mangal Saavdhan (2017), starring Ayushmann, and revolves around the topic of erectile dysfunction in men.

The film tells the story of a gay couple Kartik (Ayushmann Khurrana) and Aman (Jitendra Kumar). The things go wrong when Aman’s father Shankar Tripathi (Gajraj Rao) gets to know about Aman’s sexual orientation. Aman’s father and the family try hard to deny Aman’s and Kartik’s love for each other and decide to get Aman married to a girl. But Kartik isn’t prepared to step back until he marries Aman. Will their ‘unconventional’ love prevail?

Once again, the film starring Ayushmann, revolving around a taboo topic is set to tickle your funny bones and make you question biases. The film talks about the prejudiced mindset of society towards homosexuality. When we hear this word ‘Homosexuality’ – at very first, it seems unnatural, and something is wrong, and our mind tries so hard to deny it. But at the core, it is just a feeling (which has its scientific reason) of a person for another. Just like straight couples. It is at the roots of our society that it questions whatever which is different and which cannot be comprehended. Whatever can’t be understood can’t be accepted. As simple as that. But its a flaw in some cases and causes problems for the ones who try to live their life differently. And this film dares to break that stereotype by showcasing such a topic at the center.

The film has fresh and solid content. The film’s story runs on the same line as Aditya Chopra’s Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), but with the twist of a gay couple, and angry father as the enemy of love. As always, the use of comedy is very subtle. It delivers the message it wants to deliver but in a light and funny way. But in some places, the film’s writing and execution seem weak to me as compare to Shubh Mangal Saavdhan (2017) and Badhaai Ho (2018). The other problem which I had while watching the film, was that till the climax it wasn’t clear that the film sets in pre-377 times or post-377 times. And because of that, it became difficult to understand the reactions of characters to a particular situation.

Both the leads, Ayushmann and Jitendra has given the best and convincing performances. I believed it totally that they both were in deep deep love with each other. After Badhaai Ho, Gajraj Rao, and Neena Gupta has also given excellent supporting performances. Even all the other cast has done a great job.

Fact : Section 377 of the penal code in 41 former British colonies (including India) criminalizes all “unnatural” sexual acts including anal sex between men and other homosexual acts. In 2018, the application of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code to private consensual sex between men was ruled unconstitutional by India’s Supreme Court, effectively decriminalizing private homosexual activity.

Verdict : The film has a daring and fresh topic with an exact flavor of comedy. And get ready to break the stereotypes in your mind.

Rating : 3.7/5

Check the trailer here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6r8UYU7Zcs

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