Akshaye Khanna, Priyaank Sharma, Riva Kishan and others.
Karan Vishwanath Kashyap
An insipid character giving hard-hitting punches at least verbally usually becomes the butt of all jokes. Unfortunately, that’s the crux of Sab Kushal Mangal and its protagonist. Sab Kushal Mangal has his lead actors very badly casted in a script that goes back to the 90s, so brace yourself for this one…
Pappu Mishra (Priyaank Sharma) is a TV journalist/anchor, he is one of those who likes to sensationalize news and add a little spice to his job. Not like he makes up issues, but he has a cutting way of putting the report across. It makes him popular, or so he likes to believe. Life is good and when he meets Mandira (Riva Kishan) life is better. The two fall in love but the going gets rough when Pappu starts reporting about forced marriages. Pappu’s reporting brings politician Baba Bhandari into the scanner, something that neither he nor his followers approve. (Shockingly similar to Jabariya Jodi).
While Bhandari is plotting revenge, he finds himself falling in love with Pappu’s Mandira. With his clout and his popularity, Mandira’s family is also convinced that perhaps Bhandari is the right choice. But Pappu doesn’t back off. He is convinced he will manage to turn the tables on Bhandari and true love with prevail.
Yes, it is an archaic story and everything about it looks really outdated. The lead actors barring Akshaye Khanna are terrible. Priyaank Sharma who is actress Padmini Kolhapure and Tutu Sharma’s son has his charm, but it is just not enough to be a mainstream actor. He looks too immature to carry off a full-fledged film. His love story with Ravi Kishan’s daughter is just not palpable. For that matter why are two guys head over heels in love with Mandira itself is not comprehensible. Riva Kishan has her spunk but in moderate amounts. Her character is not well-etched, nor is it exceptional in anyway to have the script revolving around her.
For two debutants, a love story is perhaps a perfect debut but Sab Kushal Mangal is a horror when it comes to love. The lead pair are so engrossed in perfecting their own act in their scene that there is no chemistry between them. It is only and only Akshaye Khanna who makes the film remotely bearable. He is such a seasoned actor and so classy despite the role he plays in this film, that he manages to make even Bhandari look acceptable (in a twisted way) and kind of fun. His cronies are hilarious, especially V Khan who cracked us up in Phas Gaye Re Obama (2010) with his one scene as an English Teacher, making it memorable even a decade later. He has a few funny moments though nothing momentous as Phas Gaye…
Actors like Supriya Pathak and Satish Kaushik are completely wasted in the role of Pappu’s parents. The film has a lot of old timers’ next generation in terms of producer Prachi Nitin Manmohan and of course the lead actors, but trying to give an old script a ‘gen X’ twist, completely fails.
The music by Harshit Saxena who has given music for films like Murder 2, doesn’t manage to hit the right note this time around. There is not a single chartbuster in the film, making the film a loss all over. While there is a possibility that the actors might get more chances thanks to their parents, director Karan Vishwanath Kashyap will need regroup and relaunch.