Shaadi Ke Side Effects movie review: Farhan Akhtar and Vidya Balan’s chemistry worked wonders!

Cast: Farhan Akhtar, Vidya Balan, Vir Das, Ram Kapoor, Purab Kohli
Direction: Saket Chaudhary
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Duration: 2 hours 23 minutes

We all have seen the effects of love in the prequel to this conjugal drama, but with this movie, the director wants to shake you up and wants to show the ground realities before you go ahead and enter into wedlock.

Of the millions of effects which marriage has on you, You will lose your freedom, will be taken for granted, will be less pampered, compelled to lower down your undue expenses and learn to say ‘yes’ and ‘sorry’ for every other thing you don’t want to. If anything is to go by, Shaadi Ke Side Effects isn’t an advanced version of marital issues but is still fun watching it out.

Story: Sid and Trisha(Farhan and Vidya) have moved well beyond the dating phase. The even survived the lovers’ tiffs and overcame the pre-marriage syndrome. Till here it’s a perfect love story and the couple had a gala time with each other. Wait! Only until a ‘pregnant’ pause changes it all.

Review: One of the classic dialogues delivered by Farhan is “When I do something wrong, I say sorry to my wife. When my wife does something wrong…. I say sorry to my wife.” Directed by Saker Chaudhary, the movie raises some genuine questions on the fake road-signs that could lead to an aborted marriage. Not much goes right for the movie, but then again, there is nothing bad which goes against the movie either. The film holds together primarily because of the intelligent writing and the sharp and crisp way the two main actors interpret the parts of the two individuals in a marriage that has a lot going for it.

From the movie, it was very evident that a lot of pre-production dine-tuning must have gone into the making Farhan Akhtar and Vidya Balan look compatible together. The two managed to give a fine performance without looking over-rehearsed. Farhan’s Sid and Vidya’s Trisha come together as a couple that desperately wishes to make the marriage work.

The script however, concentrates entirely on the male’s point of view. The movie starts off with a scene wherein, the pair plays a tantalizing game in a crowded pub to kindle some additional romance into their togetherness. Though the sequences look like we have seen something like this in the past. yet there is a uniqueness in the way Farhan and Vidya approach this sequence and their roles. The first half ends with something to eagerly look forward to in the second half.

But the second half, deliberately forfeits the untroubled spirit of a more penetrating perspective on marital woes. Though the film loses the touch and the grip which it had in the start, it nonetheless remains even-pitched preferring understatement to hysteria. A lot of the credit for the narrative’s correct pitch must go to the two principal actors. Vidya looks very refreshing. Radiant and expectant as a pregnant woman in the initial scenes, she glides into the motherhood mode with plenty of panache! In the later parts of the movie, she even tries hard to rejuvenate her husband’s attention in her.

Farhan role suited him rather splendidly! Rather, it was very clear from the movie that a lot of hardowrk had gone into making the movie from Farhan’s side. His character has two faces, one, which says him to be responsible husband, whereas, the other side keeps bugging him to go have a boys’ night out without feeling guilty about leaving the wife home with the baby.

Saket got it dead-right with a warm, funny, thought-provoking take on the man-woman equation! The chemistry between Farhan and Vidya at first is a delight to watch and later the way they showcase the tension which are thrown at them, is simply mind-blowing. What was lacking from the move was peripheral characters were written and played better.

The movie also sees Purab Kohli as a nosy neighbor and Vir Das as the boorish manifestation of Farhan’s character’s bachelor fantasies. This twist offers interesting possibilities but is short of being a support system in this martial drama.

To watch it or no: In the movie, you simply can’t take your eyes off Farhan and Vidya. They look evenly matched and superb in their fights and emotional distresses! But the movie made me wonder as to why the script takes them to Australia. Probably it is also one the many side effects! ;)

The movie is a must go for all you guys who are soon going to take a shot at wedding! After all, thoda “warning signs before marriage” toh banta hain na boss! On a serious note, the movie will not leave you wondering as to why you wasted those precious 150 odd bucks on a movie and will also keep boredom at bay!

Rating: 4/5 stars

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