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Upperstall Review

Shaadi Ke Side Effects


Hindi, Comedy, Drama, Romance, 2014, Color

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The charm of Pyaar ke Side Effects - despite Mallika Sherawat - was that it was relatable. Shaadi ke Side Effects starts off on a similar note with its play on the little truths of marriage, but combusts in its own self-awareness and its feeble attempt to infuse drama into irreverence.

Also working against it is that its made-up world is disconnected from reality. The supposedly middle-class couple's house is rather fancy and yet they don't seem to have a basic amount at their disposal to hire a maid. When they do employ her, in a pivotal plot point, she moves into the husband's home studio and displaces him. Meanwhile, addicted to the idea of getting away a couple of times a month from the madness at home, he decides - in turn- to move into a PG situation. Bizarre doesn't cut it.

More problems with the writing - the film is from the husband's POV. Vidya Balan is entirely sidelined, making you wonder why she took up the role first place. His reasons of having a baby initially are all wrong and funny, and serve as anti-procreation propaganda, but where's the payoff, the redemption- where do the makers make clear that having a kid was a great decision in the end? And then, in the climax, there is a copout of epic proportions a decision - if the makers hadn't made it - would've salvaged the film, perhaps even made it great. In a senseless epilogue, the entire point of the drama is negated.

But when SKSE is flippant, it's fun. The first half works, and Farhan Akhtar makes it entirely palatable with his timing and earnestness even in the most ridiculous situations, like participating in a serious discussion about poop and forgetting the baby as he gets caught up in a football game. This is what the franchise was always supposed to be about, but the instances are sporadic.

SKSE also serves as a major vehicle for in-filming branding with scores (yes Skore condoms too) of firms queuing up to display their products here. This greatly takes away from the viewing experience.

You could give SKSE a shot, but feel free to leave halfway; everything post-interval is a waste of time.

Upperstall review by: rajesh

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