Shaadi ke Side Effects (2014) – Movie Review
Watch it if you’re in for marriage-related decent gags AND don’t mind the third act of the movie … Watchable … Avoidable
A movie featuring Filmfare winners Vidya Balan and Farhan Akhtar as its leads … what anticipator would not be interested despite the average/negative reviews it has received?
To be fair, the movie enjoys the perks of having an urbane cast in that we are assured that we’re not in for something that might best be enjoyed only by rickshaw drivers or those hoodlums with long curls and netted fluorescent baniyans with their whistles and hoots ( Youtube AIB’s Shit Indians Do In Theatres … You’ll know what I’m talking about when they show Salman’s fans or a Bhojpuri audience). Farhan as the rather sudden father, Ram Kapoor as the “happily married family man” with a spoiler alert, and Vir Das’ cameo similar to his character in Go Goa Gone are sure to have fun with, but then again, the movie does have catchy-but-avoidable full-length songs that are the last thing you’d want when you’re sitting through a 153-minute movie with no firm plot but mostly gags and scenarios.
The movie almost plays out fairly good on the whole … and then comes the second-half of the second-half, where the wayward movie somehow manages to punch itself in the face. With a twist-in-the-scenario progress, the movie plays out a dull proceeding long enough that we bow down and accept it as a proceeding, and then it tries to first punch us in the face by revealing that it’s not, leaving you pokerfaced ’cause you knew it all along, and then, the closing scene punches the whole movie itself in the face. The purpose is defeated as it renders the integral confrontation between the married couple useless, which shouldn’t be the case.
The characters and situations are indeed relatable, with both gags and drama that take place after one is married. However, the movie focuses a little more on the side effects on the males, while trying to tell us that both parties get equally affected. The chemistry between the leads appears to work out plausibly mainly ’cause they’re both good actors. You appreciate the jodi as actors, not characters.