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» Hindi Movies : Movie Review : Shaadi Se Pehle
Starring: Akshaye Khanna, Mallika Sherawat, Ayesha Takia, Aftab Shivdasani, Suniel Shetty, Anupam Kher, Gulshan Grover
Director: Satish Kaushik
Music: Himesh Reshammiya

Shaadi Se Pehle

The movie starts off with Ashish (Akshaye) and Rani (Ayesha) falling in love during their college days. When Ashish goes to meet his wealthy prospective father-in-law (Vijayendra Ghatge), the latter starts ranting about our hero's haisiyat (social status). The pop-in-law-to-be says Ashish has to make himself worthy of his daughter's hand.

However, when Ashish goes to visit his doctor, he misunderstands the doctor’s diagnosis of hypertension to cancer. Ashish’s world is turned upside down. And now before dying he decides to do the right thing. He wants the best for his love Rani, so he embarks on a plan to make Rani hate him, so that she will not have to suffer the ordeal of his death. He now starts flirting with another lady Sania (Mallika Sherawat) who is sister to don (Suniel Shetty). Seeing Sania in Ashish’s arms, Rani gets dejected and dumps him. Down hearted Rani asks her family to choose her a suitable groom. Her family chooses Rohit. And as fate would have it Ashish realizes that he does not suffer from cancer at all. So now he has to break up Rani and Rohit’s wedding.

The problem lies in the fact that SHAADI SE PEHLE tries too hard to make you laugh. At times, you do enjoy the humor, but at most times it falls flat. Mallika's track is another ace. The bindaas attitude her character exudes as also the glamour quotient that comes with Mallika is eye candy for the junta. Director Satish Kaushik is not in form this time around. His choice of the subject is right, but the screenplay lets him down to a major extent. Sanjay Chhel's writing evokes mixed feelings. Himesh Reshammiya's music may not be of hit variety, but it serves the purpose nevertheless. Yet, given the kind of music Mukta Arts has come up with in the past, you miss a hit score in the film. 'Ankhiyon Se Gal Kar Gayee', 'Bijuria' and 'Tere Liye' are foot-tapping nonetheless. Cinematography [Johny Lall] is enticing, especially the locales of Malaysia.

Akshaye scores yet again. Ayesha Takia gets to play the conventional heroine, but the role appears so boring in today's times. Mallika Sherawat is a star, not an actor, and the makers understand it well enough. Suniel Shetty doesn't impress. Aftab Shivdasani plays second fiddle right through. However, the long hair suits him. Rajpal Yadav excels once again. Although he tends to go over the top at times, he does make you laugh whenever he appears on screen. Anupam Kher looks disinterested. Gulshan Grover is wasted. Ditto for Vijayendra and Kishori Shahane Vij.

On the whole, Shaadi Se Pehle may enjoy a good run.

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