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Farhan Akhtan (“Bhaag Milkha Bhaag”) and Vidya Balan (“Kahaani”) depict an urban, sophisticated couple who enjoy creating salacious scenarios to keep their marriage romantically-charged; it works until pregnancy severs the fantasy.

“Sid” a frustrated composer and “Trisha” a professional of sorts (we are never informed of the nature of her professionalism) are not prepared for parenthood, but “Millie” becomes a viable, darling splinter in their relationship; the chasm grows exponentially; Sid becomes a secondary member, ignored extension of the nuclear family.

“Shaadi Ke” addresses an ever- increasing contemporary phenomenon; career women, wait years before they have a child and amazingly morph into the second coming of “Durga” when motherhood dawns; all else is obliterated (husband, friends, hobbies), resulting in an obsessive, unhealthy focus on the child and their role of caretaker; their 24/7 attachment, in many instances, forecasts the death knoll of their marriage. Sid struggles to maintain a balance between fatherhood and livelihood (although choosing unorthodox coping paths) but never shakes the intransigent Trisha into realizing her “mother mania” is killing their love.

A resounding, timely premise remains frustratingly unresolved; skirting the major flaw in neurotic, all-consuming parenting; a prime reason why the divorce rate is so high after 25 years of marriage; the children are gone; couples stare at each other and are fathomless as to how to mend what was fractured years ago; unfortunately, sadly “Shaadi Ke” avoids legitimate solutions and stumbles into the traditional, bland Bollywood conclusion.

TWO & 1/2 STARS!!


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