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‘Shubh Mangal Saavdhaan’: Get It Up With Ayushmann



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New Delhi, Sep 1: It’s okay if you can’t get it up.

There. I said it. It’s taken Hindi cinema years and years to be liberated from the shackles of libidinous machismo. An actor called Ayushmann Khurrana has done.A He plays an ordinary guy with a routine problem with such conviction.

Ayushmann’s Mudit in “Shubh Mangal Saavdhan” suffers from performance anxiety whenever he tries to make out with his bride-to-be, played with spunk and spontaneity by Bhumi Pednekar who is rapidly emerging as the voice of the mofussil woman.

In many ways, Bhumi is the hero of this remarkable film that’s eventually bogged down by too many stereotypical characters associated with the small-town joint families.You know them, quirky, cantankerous, eccentric, whimsical but cute and honest.

Bhumi’s Sugandha is one of the most sharply-written female heroes in recent films. Sugandha is deeply middleclass and proud of it. She resolves to marry the sexually dysfunctional (albeit temporarily so, but who knows!) Mudit not out of any false sense of bravado but because… well, this is the best she can get. And he is so goddamned devoted.

Once she makes up her mind to go with Mudit she will see her resolve to its logical (?) conclusion.

Screenwriter Hitesh Kewalya finds space in the cluttered canvas to give the couple breathing, if not breeding, space. Their first (aborted) sexual encounter in a cramped MIG flat in Delhi with sounds of songs and everyday conversation seeping subtly into their activity is done in a lengthy flurry of furious foreplay signifying nothing. It’s a sequence filled with clumsy groping and slurply smooching played out with endearing honesty.

Another brilliantly written sequence of foiled passion has Sugandha trying to seduce Mudit at a picnic with a plunging neckline and groaning tips from an orgiastic song that goes “Come to me, Danny Boy”.

Danny Boy’s reactions of smothered frustration are priceless. Though the script constructs a case for the girl’s bourgeois heroism (if you can’t have cake have the crumbs) for me the real hero of the film is Ayushmann Khurana’s Mudit. A man who loses his ‘manhood’ but holds on to his dignity even as the entire family scoffs at his condition, and emerges a hero in the most unforeseen ways.

Ayushmann expresses Mudit’s erectile disenchantment with just a whisper of a look, a hint of despair… subtle sly and chic, this is an Everyman played with reined-in vigour and unostentatious valour. Though his character suffers from performance anxiety this is performance supremely devoid of any anxiety. Lamentably the script crowds Mudit’s dignified anxieties with sniggering friends and scoffing relatives.

I wish the couple had been left alone by the screenplay to sort out their mutual problem. By bringing the entire family from both the sides into the picture to thresh out the problem on hand, the film ironically mocks the very malady that it so sensitively puts forward. Some of Ayushmann’s scenes with his father and his future father-in-law with both the patriarchs trying to bully him out of his temporary dysfunction, are way too high-pitched and clamorous. It’s like shooting down an injured birth with a canon.

The Big Indian wedding and the activities surrounding it ,have for some time now been a source of great colour vibrancy and irony in our cinema. But the wedding festivities have now become a cliché. We need to move on now.

“Shubh Mangal Saavdhan” serves a dish that’s provocative and tongue-in-cheek. Director R.S. Prasanna steers the situations away from cheesiness even when a doctor tells Mudit: “You are making a big thing out of a small thing,” and Mudit replies: “That’s exactly what I am not able to do.”

Ayushmann says such loaded lines and dips glucose biscuits into hot tea to explain his poignant plight to his wife-to be, with heartbreaking earnestness.

This is a brave and bright film with its heart in the right place and its gaze refreshingly free of a gender bias fixed firmly at the crotch level.

By Subhash K. Jha



Bollywood actor Jagdeep passes away

He is best known for his role of Soorma Bhopali in the iconic movie Sholay.



Jagdeep Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed Jafri

Mumbai, July 8 : Veteran Bollywood comedian Jagdeep is no more. He passed away here on Wednesday owing to age-related health problems at the age of 81.

The late actor’s sons Jaaved Jaaferi and Naved Jafri have also made their mark in the entertainment industry. Jaaved is a noted actor and dancer, and along with Naved, he hosted the longrunning and popular dance show, “Boogie Woogie”. The show was created and directed by Naved.

Born on March 29, 1939 as Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed Jafri in Amritsar, Jagdeep acted in over 400 films. He is best known for his role of Soorma Bhopali in Ramesh Sippy’s blockbuster “Sholay” (1975). New-generation Bollywood buffs would recall him as Salman Khan”s father in Rajkumar Santoshi”s “Andaaz Apna Apna” (1994).

Jagdeep started his career as a child artiste in BR Chopra”s 1951 release, “Afsana”, starring Ashok Kumar, Veena and Pran. As a child artiste he also worked in the Raj Kapoor-produced “Ab Dilli Door Nahin”, KA Abbas”s “Munna”, Guru Dutt”s “Aar Paar”, Bimal Roy”s “Do Bigha Zamin” and the AVM-produced “Hum Panchi Ek Dal Ke”.

Later, he would make a mark with roles in films such as “Bhabhi” (1957) and “Barkha” (1959).

Jagdeep’s golden patch would begin with GP Sippy’s 1968 film “Brahmachari”, starring Shammi Kapoor. His comic role in the film was widely appreciated. Through the seventies, eighties and the nineties, he became a familiar face in Hindi films, essaying the goofy funnyman in film after film.

His last-released film is “Masti Nahi Sasti” in 2017. The Ali Abbas Chaudhary-directed comedy also featured Kader Khan, Shakti Kapoor, Johnny Lever and Prem Chopra.

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Taapsee unhappy as CBSE curriculum skips secularism, federalism, citizenship, nationalism

The changes have been decided to rationalise the syllabus up to 30 per cent by retaining the core concept, owing to the ongoing pandemic.



Taapsee Pannu

Mumbai, July 8 : Taapsee Pannu is unhappy with the decision of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to scrap chapters on federalism, citizenship, nationalism, and secularism from the political science curriculum of class XI owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.

” Wah Wah. Is there an ”official” declaration of any sort I missed? Ya future mein ab iski zarurat nahi hai (Or, don”t we need thesse values in future)? If education is compromised with, there will be NO FUTURE!” she tweeted.

Many other netizens shared her concern. Among them was West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

“Shocked to know that the central Government has dropped topics like citizenship, federalism, secularism and partisan in the name of reducing CBSE course during the Covid crisis,” Banerjee tweeted.

“The chapters could have been reduced, or the syllabus for exam may be reduced. Removing things from textbook is a wrong step,” a user tweeted.

The changes have been decided to rationalise the syllabus up to 30 per cent by retaining the core concept, owing to the ongoing pandemic.

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When Katrina Kaif went swimming with her ”most incredible friend”

Katrina had also posted a video where she is seen cooking something along with sister Isabelle.




Katrina Palat

Mumbai, June 8 : Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif is reminiscing her day out in the ocean with her ”most incredible friend.

On World Oceans Day, the actress took to Instagram to share a throwback video, in which she is swimming alongside a whale.

“#tb to A beautiful day in the ocean with my most incredible friend,” she wrote along with the video.

She used a wave emoji and whale emoji to go with the post.

Amid lockdown, Katrina has been trying a hand at cooking, and also housecleaning. In a clip she shared in April, she chops away at what could either be cheese or cabbage. Later, when she is asked what is it that she is cooking, she admits not being too sure!

Katrina had also posted a video where she is seen cooking something along with sister Isabelle.

On the work front, Katrina will next be seen in “Sooryavanshi” starring Akshay Kumar. The film is directed by Rohit Shetty.

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