Farhan Akhtar, Vidya Balan & Saket Chaudhary is a concoction that is difficult to go wrong with, but somehow the impact that one gets from watching `Shaadi ke Side Effects` is that even the best combinations can falter.
On the bright side, the first half of the movie is refreshing, despite its predictability. Farhan has proven in the last few years that he is here to stay. This movie is no different, the comic timing that he showed in `Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara` was revisited with `Shaadi…`. The subtle changes in his expression, exasperation, fear, real affection – they are all very well captured. Vidya too is a natural, but that`s stating the obvious. And this edition of ‘Side Effects’ is not a total disappointment, but the entire movie has been made with some done to death clichés.
Farhan and Vidya are Sidharth and Trisha Roy, a happily married couple living in the modern Indian double-income-no-kids urban home. Sidharth, an aspiring music composer, tries to make the relationship work with white lies and some `inspirational` advise for married couples. However things change with the advent of their first child, Mini. The movie is about how Farhan tries to manoeuvre his way into the changed relationship he has with his wife and his child. Sidharth`s tolerance is tested with Trisha increasingly shifting her focus to her child.
While `Pyaar Ke Side Effects` was a look at the urban relationship, `Shaadi..` supposedly is a look at the urban marriage. However, this movie will make you believe that marriage is equal to ‘baby’; and ideally it should have been called “Fatherhood ke Side Effects”. The entire movie is based on what having a child did to the husband and not the wife. Farhan is in some real pickles adjusting to fatherhood, and some unadultrated comedy ensues a lot of laughter with the lengths a family has to go through to adapt to parenting. You really start sympathising with Sidharth`s situation. Even though individually Farhan and Vidya give great performances, their chemistry was somewhat lacking. Vir Das, as Manav, is badly used and even with a good performance appears to be just a filler with no real contribution to the plot. Ram Kapoor`s character is well etched out, and Ila Arun and Purab Kohli have short but interesting roles.