Shaadi Ke Side Effects

Shaadi Ke Side Effects

3.2 1,628 Ratings

Directed by : Saket Chaudhary

Release Date : | Length : 142 Minutes

  • Critics Rating 2.9/5
  • MJ Rating 2.7/5
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plot

With time the intimacy in most marriages falls apart. But not Sid and Trisha’s marriage... They just can’t keep their hands of each other in spite of being married for years! But Sid has a secret behind this: "When I make a mistake, I say sorry... And when my wife makes a mistake, I say sorry!" This diffuses conflict in a mar...more

Verdict

“A refreshing take on contemporary Shaadis which is brought down by Side Effects like a lofty screenplay and excessive length. One time watch for Farhan Akhtar and some laughs.”

Shaadi Ke Side Effects Credit & Casting

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Shaadi Ke Side Effects Audience Review

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Disclaimer: There are spoilers all over the review, don't read if you haven't seen the film

Shaadi Ke Side Effects opens with a scene lifted straight out of Modern Family. This doesn't mean it is bad. In fact, there are quite a few laughs in there. For the next hour, those laughs continue. The storytelling is interesting; the actors are in top form, especially Farhan Akhtar. After a superb comic turn in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011), Akhtar carries a film on his shoulders with all his funny bones in action. The only reason why I would recommend this film to you is because when it's funny, it's really funny. Why I wouldn't recommend it to you is because when it's a commentary on marriages, it is too one-sided and despairingly idiotic.

Saket Chaudhary, who made Pyaar Ke Side Effects (2006), returns with the same comedy mixed with an engaging narrative. While the pairing was mismatched there, it is equally mismatched here. Both films worked because of the leads and how convincing they are. Farhan Akhtar is effortlessly charming and immensely likable and plays the character of Sid who is not likable at all. Vidya Balan's character on the other hand, Trisha, has no shred of originality. It's like the writers went to frustrated husbands and asked them to describe their wives and created this stereotype. Somehow, she is always the bad guy in the relationship. Even when the father makes a horrible mistake of not looking after his child, the next scene is of him going to seek advice from a family man (which is fair), but he takes his advice. What is the advice? To live in a hotel room on a weekend and lie to your wife about it. Basically, escape.

Yes, for wanting to make amends he gets away from it all. Later, he wants the wife to treat him like a king and do everything for her. Hail patriarchy? What happened to taking care of the child? Did that not happen at all? They say marriage is not just about the child but firstly a union of two individuals. The problem is I don't see these two individuals in love. I never saw them talking. When they are alone, they either jump into bed or have an argument. Not once do they share a moment of getting to know each other or connecting with each other. There is one flashback of a song where they are shown having "fun". Still, not one conversation, which shows their companionship. Not one conversation that doesn't lead into an argument or have a hidden agenda.

I would have liked a film about a guy suffering from arrested development. Wanting to go back to his singlehood. But it is not this film. The filmmaker is so caught up between what it should say and what it shouldn't say that there is no trace of what it wants to say.

The supporting characters are either characters that don't work or characters that serve no purpose. Ram Kapoor plays a character who is the perfect family man. He periodically teaches his son a new language. While this character is funny and unique, it crashes and burns. Vir Das, plays his bachelor friend, who gives him a whiff of his olden days. He is an expert in bro-speech. What his purpose was in this whole scenario eludes me entirely. Characters appear and disappear at their own whim. Rati Aghnihotri plays Trisha's mother who has 3 scenes. Purab Kohli comes in to make Sid jealous. What happens due to his existence is highly convoluted. Ila Arun plays a genuinely interesting character. She is a new-age bai who is more of a nanny. The possibilities of what this character could have done to this plot are endless, yet we see a melodramatic conclusion to it.

(Major spoilers ahead relating to the ending)

Near the end, we see an argument between the Sid and Trisha, after she finds out about his lies. Trisha than tells him she is pregnant but the child is not his, it is the neighbor's (played by Purab Kohli). Now, Sid is trying hard to forgive Trisha for this mistake. She cheated on him; again she is the bad guy. He ultimately forgives her. She then reveals that she lied all about it. Her intention was to see whether he would give her a second chance or not. Which he does, he is now the good guy. In all this, the audience is the lied to. The idea works but its execution is exasperatingly poor. What angered me the most is that the film refuses to end here. After showing that the wife has won and the husband has now started speaking the truth, they show the wife lying! The final scene of Vidya Balan at the hotel is so bad it makes me to urge everyone not to watch this film.

(End of major spoilers)

The first half is funny even when it's one sided. The second half is increasingly contrived and one-sided to a fault. This is not even misogyny; it is just plain regressive or worse, it is bollocks. Considering this is a film offering a "modern take" on marriages, this is alarmingly ridiculous. What we have at the end are two characters who are just plain fools. If not for the acting chops of Farhan Akhar and Vidya Balan, their defects would have been more evident. It's a 2 star film but that extra half is for the actors and the laughs.

If it was called Shaadi Ke One-Sided Effects, I would have gone easy on this film. It ends with a song - Tauba Main Vyah Karke Pachtaya. I wish filmmakers took care of our suffering. Just a little bit. At least, take care of the ladies in the audience.