Feature Name: Sab Kushal Mangal
Directed By: Karan Vishwanath Kashyap
Cast: Akshaye Khanna, Priyank Sharma, Riva Kishan, Satish Kaushik, Supriya Pathak, Rakesh Bedi
Review By: Grinell Jacinto
Sab Kushal Mangal is a rom-com starring Akshaye Khanna alongside debutants Priyank Sharma and Riva Kishan. The film is about a local politician and goon Baba Bhandari (Akshaye) whose side business is to force unsuspecting guys to become grooms for girls who aren’t getting married. He abducts a young TV journalist Pappu (Priyank). Thing take a (not so) funnier turn when he ends up falling in love with the girl – Mandira (Riva) – intended to marry Pappu. Who will she marry? Will Pappu and Mandira be able to be together or will Baba Bhandari take her away is what the film is all about.
The makers of Sab Kushal Mangal try to bring all a dose of comedy with this – problematic – plot. The plot is weak and isn’t funny. The film opens with Akshaye Khanna’s dramatic entry where he goes to a cricket game to abduct a player to get married. Sporting a handle-bar moustache and long locks, Akshaye as Baba Bhandari looking anything but intimidating. The actor who is otherwise impressive with his acting tries hard to make his character work but fails to impress here.
The newcomers look confident in the film but fail to leave an impression due to a weak script. Priyank gives his all in delivering a believable performance and if it was another role he would have definitely shone. Alas, he lacks the conviction and attitude needed for the role of Pappu. Riva as the small-town girl is good but her character lacks layers which makes her character bland.
The support cast boast of major talents like Satish, Supriya and Rakesh – who unfortunately have been underused in this film.
The story is not the only drawback in the film. The songs of the film are average and nothing to gush about. Even though the songs are average, their placement in the film make them more of a distraction. The background score is jarring and disturbing.
While there is a lot that will make this film seem over 3 hours long, the film has plenty of comic reliefs. The scenes featuring Akshaye with his sidekicks bring a smile to your face while Satish and Supriya’s stint as the Muslim couple trying to get their son (Pappu) to safety will surely leave you chuckling. The depiction of the small town is beautiful so kudos to the cinematographer.