Technically sound, grounded performances from the two lead actors, but simply way-too-long, and over-the-top. This sums up SHAADI KE SIDE EFFECTS, a sequel to PYAAR KE SIDE EFFECTS where the principal characters share the same name (Siddharth and Trisha) but are different actors.
Rahul Bose and Mallika Sherawat did the honours on screen playing Sid and Trish respectively in PKSE, while here, it is Vidya Balan as Trisha and Farhan Akhtar as Siddharth, who take us into their married life, explaining how they overcome boredom, humdrum and the conundrum of marriage.
Nice try, but like the principal character (Sid), mentions in one of his dialogues that he feels like Sehwag (in and out of the crease), the movie too is like a batsman who begins his knock a blistering pace, and then gets bogged down, struggling to find his feet as the innings progresses. The movie entices the viewer with a neat hook, but then soon gets entangled in its own mess. CHECK OUT: SHAADI KE SIDE EFFECTS - Music Reviews
A lot many situations defy logic. Like how does Sid (Farhan Akhtar) manage to run his home after his wife Trisha (Vidya Balan) has left her job to look after their baby, Milli? They can even afford an aunty (read nanny) for a salary of Rs 15,000. This is apart from the hotel bills he has to pay (where he stays to keep his marriage alive) and later when it gets stiff, the Paying Guest rent.
Also, why does the baby not speak a single sentence even though she is shown as a three-year-old. There is no interaction between the child and parents, save as a prop on a few occasions.
Or what was the need of the character played by Vir Das, which dragged the movie? In the end, it gets trapped into its own message of being honest with the partner when the final scene hits the screen.
Sid and Trisha have a simple plan for keeping the flame alive in their marriage. They try different methods, like meeting as strangers at parties, and with Sid always saying ''I am sorry,'' even when he is not at fault. All seems well with them till they realize that Trisha is pregnant. The arrival of the child throws life out of gear for the couple. Trisha is focused on Milli, while Sid tries his best to help out, but always falls short as Trisha finds fault in every action of his.
He goes to a common friend (Ram Kapoor) for advice. To all, Ram seems to be the perfect dad and the perfect husband. Sid wants to know the secret. It is this secret, when implemented, that will turn Sid and Trisha's life upside down. CHECK OUT: SHAADI KE SIDE EFFECTS Movie Dialogues
Farhan Ahktar is moving from strength to strength as an actor and he does full justice to the role. Vidya Balan has carved a niche for herself as the 'Hero'. Although she tries her best to fit into this role, somehow, to me she seems uncomfortable. The lady needs to capitalize on her God-given talent to do challenging, women-centric roles.
But what was most heartening about the film was that Vidya and Farhan kept the screen alive for most part of the first half, without even a third actor on screen!
SHAADI KE SIDE EFFECTS started out with a lot of promise but like a talented cricketer, overburdened with sudden fame, soon died out.