- In Theaters
- Feb 21, 2020
- OTT Platform
Is “unconditional love” still a far away dream for us?
Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan is a movie pertaining to the taboo around homosexuality. It is never that simple right? In a soceity where the word “sex” is considered dirty and sinful, how does someone deal with their homosexual affinity? Is “unconditional love” still a far away dream for us? Why is it so difficult to accept someone the way they are? Why does someone have to get judged basis their sexual affinity?
This movie is a simple story of two young men Kartik(Ayushmann Khurrana) and Aman(Jitendra Kumar) who are in love and their struggle to convince Aman’s family to accept the relationship while Ama’s parents have already chosen a girl for him. They both decide to visit Aman’s family on the occasion of his cousin’s (sister) marriage to talk through and settle things. As they start their journey on the train, they get caught by Aman’s father who notices them being intimate with each other and things start to mess up from there. Aman’s father gets into a kind of shock and finds it hard to believe that his son is in love with a man. He even pukes after he witness the scene. From there, slowly the whole family will get to know and Aman’s parents especially his father finds ways to ‘reform’ his son and to send away Kartik. Their matter spreads like a wild fire to an extent that Aman’s sister’s marriage gets called off by her would-be in laws. Things become chaotic in all aspects and in the meantime the girl chosen by Aman’s parents tries to have a deal with Aman. She wants Aman to marry her and when they go back to Mumbai, she wants to continue relationship with her boyfriend as her parents are in denial of her relationship. How will Aman and Kartik manage the situations? What will happen to the girl that Aman’s parents chose for him? How does Aman’s parents and family react and respond to their “unconventional” love? – are to be seen in the movie.
Though the topic is an extremely sensitive one, the director Hitesh Kewalaya has managed to convey the content in an extremely hilarious manner. Hypocrisy takes a solid place in most of the human relations unintentionally. In the race to hold on to relations no matter what, we tend to behave hypocritically. In the movie, you will find the same between two brothers as the elder always wants to dominate the younger though both of them have kids of marriage age. Hypocrisy between the sister in laws, even between husband and wife. All the relations will go through testing times while trying to solve Aman and Karthik’s love story. How will they get through and what will they ultimately realise? What is good about the movie is that all these sensitive topics are shown with added humour but with care.
When parents get to know that their son/daughter has loved someone from a different caste/religion, most of them feel that their child should have loved someone from the same community. But…..how would they feel when they know that their kid is homosexual? They are okay with anyone irrespective of caste/creed and their only condition would be that it has to be an “opposite gender”. How would the expectations and conditions change given unconventional situations? Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan is all about that.
Coming to performance, Ayushmann is a proven actor and a national award winner – he always gives his best and he did outperform in this movie as well. It is undoubtedly a great opportunity for Jitendra kumar and he did complete justice to his role. Neena Gupta and Gajraj Rao have once again added magic with their natural performances and all other actors have also done justice to their roles.
There is always a fight to stand up for ourselves -who we are, what we do do and who we love. A fight from within, a fight with our closest ones, a fight between conservatism and freedom, a fight between tradition and modernity and finally a fight with the world. How is the road to a happy ending? Why judge someone basis appearance, attire, work, caste, religion, nationality? Why make a fellow human being untouchable? Why ill-treat a menstruating woman? Well, I don’t have answers to any of these but I know each one of us doing our bit will definitely make this world a much better place to live for the generations to come. When is THAT DAY? I don’t know but can only HOPE that the day will soon be there after all, Hope isn’t a bad thing!
As I started writing this analysis, I fondly remembered the below lines written by Sri Rabindranath Tagore……
Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high,
Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever widening thought and action,
In to that heaven of freedom, my father, LET MY COUNTRY AWAKE!
Watch Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan on a weekend for a hilarious yet thoughtful ride!