Se Pehle Movie
Generally, most light entertainers don't come
with a heavy baggage. Since there's not much
logic involved, all that the director and his
team of writers have to do is go for a script
that has scope for comedy and importantly, pick
and choose actors who are gifted enough to carry
the roles with élan.
While Mukta Arts Ltd.'s SHAADI SE PEHLE,
directed by Satish Kaushik, gets it right in its
choice of actors [Akshaye, Mallika mainly], it
falters in the most vital department: Script.
Armed with an interesting plot, you expect the
film to be a laughathon, from start to finish,
but the film amuses in parts.
Inspired by director Rajat Rakshit's Amol
Palekar-Ranjeeta-Ashok Saraf starrer MERI BIWI
KI SHAADI , SHAADI SE PEHLE takes the same
route as NO ENTRY, GARAM MASALA and MALAMAAL
WEEKLY. Meaning, don't look for logic when you
watch the film. But the makers have to ensure
that the content has the meat to keep you glued
for the next two hours.
Unfortunately, SHAADI SE PEHLE lacks the power
and punch to keep you hooked. It's way below
Ashish [Akshaye Khanna] and Rani [Ayesha Takia]
are pretty much in love with each other. But
Ashish has a problem: At the slightest level of
tension, Ashish needs to pop a pill to unrattle
his shaken nerves. Rani's family [Vijayendra
Ghatge, Kishori Shahane Vij] are strictly
against the relationship. And if that is not
enough for Ashish, his childhood friend, Rohit [Aftab
Shivdasani], has the hots for Rani.
When Ashish goes to visit his doctor [Boman
Irani], he misunderstands the doctor's diagnosis
of hypertension to cancer. Ashish's world turns
upside down. Before dying, he decides to do the
right thing: He wants the best for his love Rani.
Along with his friend [Rajpal Yadav], Ashish
embarks on a plan to make Rani hate him so that
she will not have to suffer the ordeal of his
Ashish starts flirting with the sexy supermodel
Sania [Mallika Sherawat]. Seeing Sania in
Ashish's arms, Rani is dejected and dumps him.
But there's a twist in the tale: Ashish realizes
that he does not suffer from cancer at all. He
decides to break up Rani and Rohit's engagement.
But there are problems…
Will Ashish be able to convince Rani of his true
feelings and clear up the mess? Will Ashish be
able to convince Sania's elder goon-brother Anna
[Suniel Shetty], who wants to get Sania and him
married without further delay?
With an interesting concept on hand, SHAADI SE
PEHLE could've, and should've, developed into an
entertaining joyride, but what you get is not
what you expect from a film that boasts of
impressive names on and off screen.
The problem lies in the fact that SHAADI SE
PEHLE tries too hard to make you laugh. At
times, you do enjoy the humor, but at most times
it falls flat. There are sequences that do bring
the house down. For instance, the Akshaye-Rajpal
Yadav sequence at the start of the film [when
Akshaye confides that he's going to die] is
hilarious. Even the Akshaye-Boman Irani sequence
at the latter's clinic evokes mirth.
Mallika's track is another ace. The bindaas
attitude her character exudes as also the
glamour quotient that comes with Mallika is eye
candy for the junta.
Unfortunately, SHAADI SE PEHLE goes downhill in
the second hour. The comic scenes in the
post-interval portions appear superficial and
that's a major slip-up. Also, there are unwanted
tracks in the plot, like the Gulshan Grover
sub-plot which only acts as an impediment. Ditto
for Suniel Shetty's portions, which was the need
of the story for sure, but how one wishes the
writer would've garnished those portions
Even the climax, which should've been the
mainstay of the enterprise, lacks conviction.
Ideally, the concluding portions should leave an
ever-lasting impression, but in this case, it
comes across as a half-baked effort.
Director Satish Kaushik is not in form this time
around. His choice of the subject is right, but
the screenplay lets him down to a major extent.
Sanjay Chhel's writing evokes mixed feelings.
While the screenplay interests in parts [not
amongst Chhel's better attempts], the dialogues
penned by him are excellent. In fact, the witty
one-liners are the highpoint of the enterprise.
Himesh Reshammiya's music may not be of hit
variety, but it serves the purpose nevertheless.
Yet, given the kind of music Mukta Arts has come
up with in the past, you miss a hit score in the
film. 'Ankhiyon Se Gal Kar Gayee', 'Bijuria' and
'Tere Liye' are foot-tapping nonetheless.
Cinematography [Johny Lall] is enticing,
especially the locales of Malaysia.
Akshaye scores yet again. The various
expressions that flash on his face within a
fraction of a second reiterate the fact that
he's amongst the best in the business. Extremely
efficient at all times! Ayesha Takia gets to
play the conventional heroine, but the role
appears so boring in today's times. Even
otherwise, the actress enacts her part
mechanically and needs to get her styling right.
Mallika Sherawat is a star, not an actor, and
the makers understand it well enough. There's no
effort to depict Mallika as an actress, but a
seductress and that's precisely why this
Suniel Shetty doesn't impress. Aftab Shivdasani
plays second fiddle right through. However, the
long hair suits him. Rajpal Yadav excels once
again. Although he tends to go over the top at
times, he does make you laugh whenever he
appears on screen. Anupam Kher looks
disinterested. Gulshan Grover is wasted. Ditto
for Vijayendra and Kishori Shahane Vij.
On the whole, SHAADI SE PEHLE has its share of
fun-filled moments, but the film doesn't make
much of an impact in totality, thanks to a weak
second half. At the box-office, the 4-day
weekend and the onset of summer vacations may
help to an extent, but it lacks the power to
sustain after the euphoria settles.