I won’t say I relished each and every bit of the film; of course there were parts I’d rather give a miss, Vir Das’ presence in the movie for instance was so superfluous.
I won’t say I relished each and every bit of the film; of course there were parts I’d rather give a miss.
Vir Das’ presence in the movie for instance was so superfluous.
But there’s something very mad roller-coaster like about Shaadi Ke Side Effects. The first half leaves you in splits and the second half is chaotic, like you are just tired of the ride but ironically can’t seem to get enough of the adventure. The endearing madness of the first half and confused mess of the second may not make this the best movie in the world but it’s definitely a decent weekend investment.
Even though Farhan (Siddharth) is walking away with most of the compliments, I think without Vidya (Trisha) his performance would be like bland food. Balan sprinkles the much needed masala to the whole film.
The movie portrays the frame of mind of a typical urban career-oriented couple.
The kind of people who always wait for the right moment and the right time for taking up some major responsibilities –like having a kid for starters, but aren’t sure when that so-called ‘right’ phase is going to arrive. So in such cases destiny clutches the situation in its own hands. And of course when that happens, either all hell breaks loose or life is a blissful paradise.
But in Farhan and Vidya’s case, the former happens. Siddh and Trisha are this fun-loving couple with a super cool chemistry. They are in a happy space, focusing on their own work, taking exotic vacations and peppering their sex life with the tadka of role-playing. And they plan to do so for heaven knows maybe for the next 15-20 years, until of course a grave mistake knocks on their door and ruins the harmony of their carefree and fabulous relationship. The pregnancy strip shows two dangerous lines and there go all the lavish vacations and boisterous parties out of the window.
I love the way Farhan expresses his frustration of not being able to accustom himself to the whole idea of being a dad. He doesn’t ham, neither does he keep it subtle; it’s just so much fun watching him deal with his inner demons and not having a clue about what do with them at times…
Ram Kapoor is brilliant as always. He plays this ‘oh-so-ideal’ husband and father in the film, and of course in the later part of the movie you discover his strategy to be in his wife’s good books. At one point Ram says to Farhan, “Hum sab galat hai, agar mera ek ladki ke saath affair hai to tumhara affair ek carefree, young siddh ke saath hai.” Amazingly conveyed!
#ShaadiKeSideEffects is sweet and fun, chaotic and exhausting.
But by no means has it left a bad after taste in the mouth. It entertains greatly in the first half and leaves you slightly tired in the second…now that’s much better than the hogwash that’s usually churned out these days!