Shaadi Ke Side/Effects

With a star cast like Farhan Akhtar and Vidya Balan, what would you expect a movie to be? Awesome, right? Well, let’s see.

shaadi ke side/effects

Sid Roy (Farhan Akhtar) and Trisha Mallick Roy (Vidya Balan) are the quintessential modern day couple who have promising careers. In order to spice up their marriage, they play fun charades like meeting in a bar as strangers, making out in a hotel lift and sharing a hotel room. But a passionate night of unprotected sex renders them pregnant. And that’s where the actual side effects of the ‘shaadi’ come into the picture.

A new mother, Trisha is so engrossed with her baby that she’s hardly the time and the energy left to work on her marriage. Sid on the other hand wants her pre-motherhood wife backs and tries everything in the book to salvage their relationship. But the circumstances don’t favour him and he finds himself swamped by the new responsibilities dumped on him. That’s when he gets some age-old advice from his ‘been there, done that’ brother-in-law, Ram Kapoor, to take a couple of days’ break every month from the mish-mash of the daily life to connect with his old carefree life. Soon it becomes a way of life for Sid. Then there are more confusions and fights before the pretences are up and the couple decides to work on their differences.

What could have been a hilarious movie is reduced to a dud bomb. The film starts on a fine note but in just half an hour into the film, all seems to be lost. The title of the film doesn’t do justice to the film. This is supposed to be the sequel to 2009 Pyar Ke Side/Effects, but instead of talking about shaadi it directly jumps to ‘Bachche Ke Side/Effects’. The dialogues meant to be funny fail to invoke much laughter; apart from a few jokes you hardly get any reason to laugh. The music is non-descript. There are a few disconnects like Sid talks about the financial woes after having a child, but is hardly shown working towards it. Many characters are introduced like the next door neighbour, Shekhar and the nanny, Aunty which don’t fit well and seem like a last-minute introduction.

Vidya Balan looks natural as an obsessed new mother. Though after the child she puts her marriage on the back burner, she realizes it later and tries to work towards her marriage. But as the story is told from Sid’s point of view, she comes out mostly as an irritating nagging wife and you fail to feel for her character. Farhan Akhtar on the other hand single-handedly shoulders the burden of the film. You sympathize with his confusion and frustration as his orderly life goes out of control. Ram Kapoor does justice to his role and you await his turn as he provides the much needed relief. Vir Das provides some comic relief too.

My verdict: If you go through a montage of your own married life, I am sure you would enjoy it more. But still, if you have nothing on your hands this weekend, it might not be such a bad idea to watch Shaadi Ke Side/Effects. Just go with enough popcorn to make it seem worthwhile.

Movie Review : Ghanchakkar

Rishi didn’t want to watch ‘Ghanchakkar’, said looks like a s#%$ movie from the promos and the title. But I really pushed him hard; finally he relented and we went to watch ‘Ghanchakkar’.


Neetu (Vidya Balan) is a Punjabi woman married to Sanjay (Emraan Hashmi) who is a Maharashtrian. Sanjay is a TV addict and makes his living out of robberies. On the other hand, Neetu who dresses according to the latest fashion magazines is a walking fashion disaster.  She is not only loud but greedy too. She pushes her husband into committing robberies to fuel their high-end living. This time, Sanjay executes a big heist with two fellow robbers, Pandit and Idris. They decide to leave the money with Sanjay till the matter settles down and then meet again after 3 months to share the loot. Meanwhile, Sanjay meets with an accident and suffers from partial amnesia. Now the goons are after him to remember where he stashed away the money. The poor man, much as he tried, even for the life of him couldn’t remember.

What follows is a comedy of errors where the goons suspect Sanjay of lying, Sanjay doubts Neetu,  and so on and so forth.

The film is funny in parts though man running on the street in underwear and bullying an innocent at gunpoint at the railway platform look crass. Though the film starts on an interesting note, it loses the plot somewhere in the middle as if the makers themselves lost interest in it. RajKumar Gupta has tried to create a film noir but has failed miserably. The climax is totally unexpected and doesn’t match at all with the overall film.

Emraan Hashmi as the forgetful robber has given a tremendous performance. Vidya Balan though good is not very convincing as a Punjabi wife. But her garish outfits do provide a bit of colour to the otherwise dull background. Namit Das and Rajesh Sharma as the goons are okayish.

The song ‘Lazy Lad’ is a fun number and Rishi has already set it as his caller tune.

Verdict: I should have listened to Rishi in the first place. Please steer clear of it; you don’t wanna be a Ghanchakkar, do you?

The Dirty Picture

thedirtypictureVidya Balan plays Reshma, a southern village belle who metamorphoses into a sexy siren, Silk. Silk is hot, bold and sexy. She knows men desire her and she revels in this knowledge. The movie features three other stars, Naseeruddin Shah, Emraan Hashmi and Tusshar but surprisingly they are just eye candies. Vidya is the real hero of the movie and she has played the role of Silk to the hilt. The Dirty Picture makes a bold statement and gives us a glimpse of the cinema of 80s.

The movie is all about entertainment, entertainment and entertainment and Vidya Balan is ENTERTAINMENT galore.


KahaniA crime/mystery/thriller, this movie is engaging from the word ‘go’. Vidya Balan proves once again that she has more acting prowess than all the current Bollywood heroines combined and that she is a threat to the regnant Bollywood heroes.

A heavily pregnant Vidya Bagchi (Vidya Balan), an NRI, comes all the way from London to Kolkata to find her missing husband, Arnab Bagchi. In her search, she is helped by a young cop, Rana. As all her trails lead to dead end, people get murdered and her life is threatened; you realize that it is not a simple “missing person’s” story. The story is so captivating that you don’t see the end coming. And what a finish! A true twist in the tale, it’s completely unexpected and unconventional.

Vidya is very convincing in her role of a pregnant lady searching for her absentee husband. You pity her when she cries, worry for her when she inadvertently misses a step and pray for her in her quest. Apart from Vidya, the film is brilliantly supported by Rana (Parambrata Chatterjee) and Khan (Nawazuddin Siddiqui). The film is not over-crowded with dialogues but where required, expressions say louder than words. Amitabh Bachchan’s rendition of the famous Tagore’s “Ekla Chalo Re” is soulful while Kolkata is resplendent in its glory and grime.

Go and watch the movie, just for the look and feel of it. I am sure you won’t be disappointed.