At one point, the female lead in the movie, Sugandha (played emphatically by Bhumi Pednekar) says that for a middle class girl in Delhi, life doesnt give many stories to tell. And that a guy (Mudit, Ayushmann Khurrana in yet another sincere role) loving her was the most exciting it'll ever get. As if they are gracefully sympathizing with her, R.S.Prasanna (story, direction) and Hitesh Kevalya (screenplay, dialogues) make it a point to underscore the fact that, when one slows down and takes notes, every average person's life has a story of notable significance. Even day to day circumstances can lend to thorough humor, charm, and bittersweetness and Hitesh's screenplay is greatly inspired by this. It pays due attention to the vernacular, the attitudes, the chaos, and affected orderliness of the Delhi middle class populace. Not only does this give the film a fine ingenuity but also provides for several moments to guffaw, smile, chuckle, or sigh at. R.S.Prasanna understands the value of a narrative based on this and lets it accurately shine through. So does Ninad Khanolkar's editing. Tanishk - Vayu's album for the film has a couple of memorable numbers but its the background score by someone whose name I couldnt catch from the credits that subtly yet ably supports the narrative. That the film's main focus, a crucial 'problem' the protagonist faces days before his wedding, becomes almost an excuse to drive the narrative is a testament to Hitesh - Prasanna's skill. "Shubh Mangal Saavdhan" is out in theaters now.
P.S. - The film does have an interesting way of going about its conflicts and resolutions, throwing one after another, but resolving each conflict before moving onto the next. By way of this, it shows a refreshing irreverence to the three act structure. Yet another ode to real life I guess!
P.P.S. - Kudos to the writer in maintaining a subtle yet strong feministic note through the film that subverts typical tropes. It somehow indicates that a woman, even when bounded within a traditional archetype, can voice independence and choice and stand fast for whatever she believes in.
Atlantic City says so much about two people in a relationship, without saying too much.
A comedy that is fun, while being just good cinema in the first place.