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Shaadi Ke Side Effects – Film Review

Side effects of getting married


Shaadi Ke Side Effect

A quirky and humorous story dealing with a serious issue of decision making and sharing in a married life!

With time the intimacy in most marriages falls apart. But not Sid and Trisha’s marriage… They just can’t keep their hands of each other in spite of being married for years!

This is Sid Roy (Farhan Akhtar) and Trisha Malik Roy’s (Vidya Balan) story. Sid is a struggling musician who spends considerable effort and time in making jingles. Trisha has a stable job, is a free spirited, confident woman.

But Sid has a secret behind this: “When I make a mistake, I say sorry… And when my wife makes a mistake, I say sorry!”

The first half of Shaadi Ke Side Effects is a rocking comedy, which shows happily married couple living life differently with spice in their life. Even the hotel manager is in awe of their chemistry.

This diffuses conflict in a marriage and prevents the slow death of intimacy. Then Trisha gets accidentally pregnant and expresses her desire to have a child. But Sid is not ready to bear the responsibility of fatherhood. His career as a musician has still not taken off. But in an effort to avoid conflict, he hides his reluctance. And agrees to have the child. This is just the start of issues that creep in their marriage…

When Trisha declares “we are pregnant”, Sid too tries out funny ways of experiencing the troubles of being pregnant. Trisha has become overweight, and she takes it so seriously that she becomes an emotional wreck.

Sid behaves eratically, and they aren’t sure whether to have the baby or not. There are quite a few funny situations which amuse you, but then there are also instances where no husband would think of resorting to.

The problem with Sid is that he begins to miss their carefree days. He even invites his friends to watch a football match and have a nice evening with them, but it is the irritating behaviour of his wife puts off his friends, and they leave on some pretext or the other. Later, they even stop answering his calls. All because of Trisha’s nagging nature.

Ram Kapoor is the ‘ideal’ brother-in-law who offers ridiculous solutions for Sid’s situations, the height being when he says “Sach toh yeh hai ki happy married life ki buniyaad hotey hain woh chhote chhote jhooth” (which implies that for a happy married life on some occasions, one (the husband) has to resort to lies. The other absurd advice from Sid’s brother-in-law is to go and stay in a hotel in his city for a couple of days to enjoy freedom. If you cannot afford the hotel, then one should go and stay separately as a paying guest. Is there any need for more of such advice?

Post interval, the story loses its direction, with new characters that of Purab Kohli and Vir Das come in his life.

Farhan Akhtar is likeable and has a good comic timing. He emotes well in hilarious situations and ones heart goes out for him when he is helpless in explaining his daughter why she cannot sleep with her mother.

Shaadi Ke Side Effects is enjoyable in parts, yet has its absurdities otherwise.

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Farhan Akhtar as Sid
Vidya Balan as Trisha
Purab Kohli as Shekhar
Ram Kapoor
Vir Das
Gautami Kapoor
Ila Arun as Aunty
Rati Agnihotri as Trisha’s mother
Mia Maelzer


Studio: Pritish Nandy Communications and Balaji Motion Pictures
Directed By Saket Chaudhary
Produced By Pritish Nandy Communications and Balaji Motion Pictures
Written by Saket Chaudhary
Music by Pritam