Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan (2020)

Kudos to Ayushmann Khurrana for taking on a subject as a lead role that no Bollywood hero would touch. Bravo to director Hitesh Kewalya for infusing so much healthy comedy in the film. The laughter made the truths easier to digest for the audience who was grappling with it for the first time.

The film starts off by normalising a gay relationship and exposing it pretty quickly to the family. Everything happens fast, without giving you much time to dwell on it. The family reaction and everything that comes with it follows with many eye openers about self love, doing the right thing, speaking your truth and fighting prejudice.

Jitendra Kumar has some superlative scenes and gets able support from his film family of Neena Gupta, Sunita Rajwar, Maanvi Gagroo, Gajraj Rao and Manu Rishi. They represent everything about a family, the balance and the chaos, the opposing views and the unconditional love and all that happens in between which cannot be explained, but only felt.

A wonderful balance of laughter, love and music. A sort of ‘coming of age’ of Indian Cinema, society and landscape.

3.5/5

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