Shaadi Ke Side Effects

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Movie review: Vidya-Farhan's performances enrich Shaadi Ke Side..

Loaded with witty situations and tongue-in-cheek dialogues, Saket Chaudhary's directorial venture is intelligent and crisp. The chemistry of lead pair Vidya Balan and Farhan Akhtar makes the film sizzle, feel the critics.

Subhash K Jha, IANS
Rating: ****
Critic's take: Director Saket Chaudhary raises some pertinent questions on the fake road signs that could lead to an aborted marriage. Not all of the winking homilies work. But the film holds together primarily because of the intelligent writing and the sharp and crisp way the two main actors interpret the parts of the two individuals in a marriage that has a lot going for it. That includes a baby girl who arrives just in time to get this seven-year delayed sequel trotting on the right road.

Performances and Chemistry
The chemistry between Farhan and Vidya crackles and hisses with tantalising tension. Brittle and yet supple, the lead pair's chemistry irons out the film's uneven edges. I wish the peripheral characters were written and played better.

Purab Kohi as the nosy neighbour (he reminded me of the role he plays in that coffee ad with Karan Johar and Deepika Padukone) and Vir Das as the boorish manifestation of Farhan's character's bachelor fantasies, offer interesting possibilities but stop short of being a support system in this drama about marital discontent.

Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama
Rating: ***1/2

Critic's take: Saket's script is no slave to any reference material and you absorb the goings-on like a sponge, without complaining. In fact, the flick offers ample 'tricks' to keep a relationship going in the present times, when ambition and stress can drive a wedge between partners. The first half is simply fantastic, loaded with humorous situations and witty, tongue-in-cheek dialogue, but the post-interval portions get dramatic, while a few episodes do seem a bit elongated.

Madhureeta Mukherjee, The Times Of India
Rating: ***1/2

Critic's take: The director strikes a fine balance between humour and emotion in this slice-of-marriage story. The first half takes a while to catch up, but the dialogues (Arshad Sayed) provide ample laughs, while giving wisdom for wedded bliss. Vir Das in his funky avatar is a riot. Vidya is brilliant and hits a high note in the emotional scenes. The film belongs to Farhan who stuns you with his straight-faced witticisms and plethora of expressions that amuse and move dramatically.