SHUBH MANGAL SAAVDHAN
Directed by R.S. Prasanna
Mudit has the face of a boy who’s never asked anybody out. Sugandha has the face of a girl who’s rejected a guy or two. They’re about to meet cute, court cute, engage cute, and live out their lives in a rom-com Bollywood fantasy, families and stars aligned and the world all the more whole with their matrimonial union.
Then on one pre-marital night, Mudit and Sugandha circle each other most adorably with electricity through their fingers and passion in their hearts. But whether it’s the pressure of family, his own insecurity, or society’s silence on all things sex, Mudit finds himself afflicted with a “gent’s problem.” Soon, word gets out and the entire wedding party, including both sets of parents, are hilariously spun into a panic nobody knows how to talk about but which everyone feels obliged to fix.
SHUBH MANGAL SAAVDHAN is oh-so lovable in its affection for all, from the perturbed grin of Mudit (boyishly played by Ayushmann Khurrana channeling Keeping the Faith-era Edward Norton) to the unflustered spirit of Sugandha, who balances so organically her concern and support for a dysfunctioning fiancé, her own baseline sexual urges, and a compassionate realism that reminds us that marriage is about more than procreation or masculine bravado, but also the time it takes to grow comfortable in a nest of trust. Romance rarely feels this charming and sex rarely feels this wholesome, which makes SHUBH MANGAL SAAVDHAN such a crowd-pleasing treat. –Brian Hu