Shaadi Ke Side Effects (2014)
Cast: Farhan Akhtar, Vidya Balan, Vir Das, Ram Kapoor, Ila Arun, Rati Agnihotri
Director: Saket Chaudhary
Genre(s): Drama, Comedy
Run Time: 142 Minutes
Saket Chaudhary’s Shaadi Ke Side Effects highlights parenting challenges a married couple (Farhan Akhtar and Vidya Balan) face in their everyday life. The film starts off lively, continues with elements of comedy and amusing dialogues but eventually spirals out of control.
Farhan Akhtar and Vidya Balan, a married couple, decide to give parenthood a try early in their respective careers despite initial disagreements. The birth of their child brings a host of challenges, especially for Akhtar. His life begins to change. He is scrutinized for anything and everything he does in good faith. Akhtar feels neglected by Balan, who seems to be dedicating herself entirely to their child. On the advice of Ram Kapoor, who Akhtar deems to be a role model of a perfect relationship, Akhtar spends time frequently away from home in order to reignite the love of his wife, which was once the foundation of his happy marriage. There is a saying: ‘Absence makes the heart grow fonder.’ Will Balan’s heart grow fond of Akhtar in Shaadi Ke Side Effects?
Farhan Akhtar is outstanding as always. His dialogue delivery, facial expressions, comedy timing: all remarkable. Vidya Balan is equally impressive, but the show belongs to Akhtar. Together, they display reasonable chemistry. Ila Arun and Rati Agnithotri satisfy in their brief appearances, but fall short in their attempts to introduce excitement with their antics. Tauba Main Vyah Karke Pachtaya, Harry’s Not a Brahamchari, I’m Sorry Par Tumse Pyar Ho Gaya and Desi Romance, are the pick of the songs. The first half of Shaadi Ke Side Effects is entertaining and sure likely to keep the audience glued to their seats. Come post interval, the film begins to stretch at which point, it is likely to lose the audience’s attention.
Farhan Akhtar and Vidya Balan sparkle in Saket Chaudhary’s ordinary film. The storyline is a combination of dry, predictable and all over the place. But the audience can expect moments of laughter, surprise and fine music in Shaadi Ke Side Effects.
By Attique Rehman.
Release Date: 28 Feb 2014