Ayushmann Khurrana, Jitendra Kumar, Gajraj Rao, Neena Gupta and others
Homosexuality in Bollywood has always been laughed at, even Karan Johar has had Kanta Bai fainting to cater to homophobes rather than homosexuals. Today when Aanand L Rai, Bhushan Kumar and Himanshu Sharma bring you a laugh riot, it is rather interesting to see how their jokes are on the homophobes as opposed to the gay couple the film is based on.
Kartik Singh (Ayushmann Khurrana) and Aman Tripathi (Jitendra Kumar) live together in Delhi. From the very beginning, it has been established that the two are in a steady relationship. They now believe it is time to let their families know how they feel about each other. Given Aman’s father is a man of science, Kartik believes he will be a lot more understanding towards their relationship. However, when Aman reaches home, he jumps in the center of a whirlpool of sorts.
The news of Aman’s homosexuality turns his household topsy-turvy. His dad, Shankar Tripathi (Gajraj Rao) tries everything to ‘change’ his orientation. From trying to forcefully marry him off, to blaming the whole mess on his brother whose pornography collection might have influenced Aman. Shankar Tripathi becomes a man on a mission to make his homosexual son, heterosexual. Having a man of science go completely bonkers about homosexuality, is only one of the many crazies that Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan showcases. The rest of the humour comes from what could have been a mundane conversation in a family but turns out to be hilarious. The constant bickering between the members of Tripathi family might remind you of everything that could happen in your house; it is this relatability that makes Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan an instant connect!
The film, of course, belongs to Ayushmann Khurrana. He has long since mastered the art of saying the craziest dialogues with the most innocuous face (sometimes though his expressions give you a moment of déjà vu). This time around he doesn’t have a solo field to play. Giving him competition is his onscreen love interest Jitendra Kumar. The actor is that element that makes the film more believable, and realist in all its madness. Jitendra gives the film the common man it needed to make their script a statement. Playing Amrish Puri to this newage Raj-Simran is Gajraj Rao. The man is school of acting, he is so perfect in his interpretation of Shankar Tripathi that you forget the actor and only remember the character. Of course, in the course of an hour and forty-five minutes, his homophobia gets a wee bit cumbersome, but not because Rao hasn’t given his best. Giving him company is his Badhai Ho costar, Neena Gupta. As always she is splendid.
Which brings us to the man who made this film happen – writer/director Hitesh Kewalya. Hitesh needs to be applauded for attempting this fete that many have shied away from. He not only manages to make Kartik and Aman, relatable but Hitesh gets full marks in making Kartik and Aman’s relationship acceptable and likeable by ALL – A task that many in Bollywood have failed to do previously. There are many moments in the film that leave you in splits but never does the humour come at the cost of the couple. As such, Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan is one of the most progressive films of 2020. The film automatically becomes so important, that the dips in the script and the stretchy mid-portion of the film doesn’t matter. Kudos to the team for making a much-needed film.