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Shaadi Ke side Effects(Hindi) Rating: * * * Laugh friendly for sure but nothing path-breaking. At the core are some done to death ,still laugh-worthy internet jokes about marriage and convincing performances by Vidya and Farhan.
Hindi Film Review
Film Review: Shaadi ke Side Effects: Typically filmy, humorous but absurd take on marriage
Cast: Vidya Balan, Farhan Akhtar, Ram Kapoor and Vir Das
Director: Saket Chaudhary
Rating: * * *
It’s not a new take in any manner. We’ve seen so many Hollywood movies going through similar motions in order to spice-up a marriage and the jokes are all the kind that could well be downloaded from the Internet. So Ekta kapoor, Pritish Nandy and Saket Chaudhary’s brand extension to Pritish Nandy communications’ surprise hit, ‘Pyar ke Side Effects’ is not exactly a novel experience even though it’s a fairly humorous one!
The star-cast is different- In fact, a much more accomplished one. Vidya Balan and Farhan Akhtar as Trisha and Sid, make for a believable couple striving to make their marriage work. And it’s all credit to their individual talents. The segmented script which goes back and forth in time in the first fifteen odd minutes, settles down into a steady enough rhythm. It almost appears as if you have a runaway laugh-riot on your hands- but pre-meditated pulls and breaks on the narrative foil the fun element, transforming the light-hearted entreaty into a laborious and tedium inducing one.
Sid(Farhan) and Trisha(Vidya Balan) behave like new-found lovers who set-off sparks after a rendezvous in a bar. Both are married and talk about their respective spouses as the ones who are ruining their happiness. A few scenes later, prompted by a Hotel manager who takes them to task for their exhibitionism, the two reveal that they are indeed married to each other and engage in such lurid fantasies in order to spice-up their marriage. Then comes the fly in the ointment- a child. Trisha is pregnant and Sid , the struggling musician is not too happy at the prospect of an added responsibility. Especially since Trisha is the family bread-earner. They convince themselves to go ahead with the birth and once the child comes into their lives, their love appears to have gone out of the window. Trisha is busy doing the right thing by her baby while Sid finds himself on the outside , looking in!