Despite having two good actors who are happily married in real life, what ‘Shaadi Ke Side Effects’ gives us is a portrait of a resoundingly unhappy marriage between two people…
Presumably, Chaudhary thought he was being cheeky when he included not-so-subtle nods to his lead pair’s real life in Shaadi… So Balan’s character is married to one Siddharth Roy while Balan is actually married to UTV’s Siddharth Roy Kapoor. The film begins with Sid and Trisha meeting in a night club, which is perhaps a nod to how Akhtar met his wife, hairstylist and entrepreneur Adhuna. Trisha struggles with being voluptuous, which, as we’ve learnt thanks to ‘Koffee With Karan’, is a battle that Balan has fought with herself. In ‘Shaadi Ke Side Effects’, Sid is initially an aspiring singer who is largely dependent upon Trisha who has a well-paying job that she loves. That’s reminiscent of how at the start of the Akhtars’ relationship, Adhuna was the successful one while Farhan was unemployed and non-descript.
However, these are just flickering references that don’t actually add much to the film. Chaudhary’s script doesn’t have any of the maturity that real life demands of a married couple. Despite having two good actors who are happily married in real life, what Shaadi… gives us is a portrait of a resoundingly unhappy marriage between two people who have just one flash of passionate chemistry right at the start of the film. After that, it’s just unhappily ever after.
–An excerpt: Shaadi Ke Side Effects review: Farhan charms but Vidya is a nag.