A Guy and a girl fall in love, decide to have a ‘love-cum- arrange-cum- love’ marriage and their elated families plan a typical North Indian wedding for them. Sounds perfect? Well, it isn’t always Shubh Mangal because sometimes, some things aren’t ‘Up’ for a celebration!
There are three things this movie is high on- Entertainment, Acting and metaphors. Bollywood has progressed by dealing with a bold and tabooed subject of erectile dysfunction in a hilarious yet subtle way. A remake of a Tamil film Kalyana Samayal Saadham,
SMS is a light-hearted comedy with a powerful undertone. The story revolves around the shy Mudit Sharma (Khurrana) who is in love with the starry- eyed Sugandha (Pednekar), who craves a dramatic Bollywood-ishtyle type of romance
before saying ‘I do’. After several failed attempts to approach her, he sent her an online rishta which her family immediately accepts. After their rishta is pakka and roka, very pheeka, she decides to bring that ditzy drama in their courtship. A chance meeting alone in her house heats things up between the two. Alas! steam is blown when he realises he has ‘Gents problem’. Family pressure and a wedding around the corner, he tries to ‘cure’ himself trying every herb and hybrid. What follows next is a series of comic events where the families are also involved in the ‘matter’.
Despite the absence of explicit terms in the dialogue, the film beautifully conveys the otherwise stigmatized issue by using a lot of metaphors (yes, Parle G falling into tea- disheartening!). Bollywood films in the past have always shied away from portraying such taboo issues but movies like Vicky donor and SMS showing it with such ease is a welcoming move.
It was not just Mudit and Suggu who engaged us but also their family members, who tickled our funny bone. As for the ending, it was a sheer disappointment. The idea to make the characters reconcile after a James-bond style Ariel adventure was a turn off. It was sad to see such an interesting built up of storyline get marred by an over-dramatic, clichéd end.
The flow of the film was linear with a foot-tapping soundtrack. While the climax could have been achieved in an interesting manner (100 puns intended), the quirky lines and the typical middle class-Delhi mannerism of the characters along with lots of metaphors, made the film quite an entertaining package.
Image Source: Movie poster from Aajtak