The trailer of Shubh Mangal Savdhan dropped today, August 1, 2017, and it is everything you didn’t expect. Directed by R.S. Prasanna, the film brings Dum Laga Ke Haisha pair, Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar together again. While last time the two were teaching a lesson or two about fat shaming, this time they are talking about Erectile Dysfunction. Yes, Shubh Mangal Savdhan is tackling one of the subjects that are rarely addressed in Bollywood. The film’s trailer shows the lead actor Ayushmann and Bhumi being madly in love but the problem in their love story is erectile dysfunction or impotence. The film looks promising with a power-packed acting display by the protagonists with an interesting issue wrapped in good writing and storyline. Apart from Shubh Mangal Savdhan, there are films such as Ayushmann’s Vicky Donor (sperm donation), Akshay Kumar’s Toilet: Ek Prem Katha (Open Defecation), Salman Khan’s Phir Milenge (HIV Stigma and discrimination) and others talking about current social issues.
1. Shubh Mangal Savdhan – Erectile Dysfunction
The trailer opens with Ayushmann with his on-screen to be father-in-law visiting a doctor and explaining him about ‘something.’ The trailer which is almost three minutes long sets its characters in place, an arranged turned love story set in a small town. Everything seems to be going smoothly for the couple till the man hits a roadblock, which the film’s hero defined as ‘gent’s problem’. With brilliant use of montage, we know he is talking about suffering from erectile dysfunction and how it is going to make or break their relationship. You can watch the trailer by Eros Now here.
2. Vicky Donor – Sperm Donation
Shoojit Sircar directed light-hearted comedy film in 2012, Vicky Donor saw Indian cinema take on topics of infertility and sperm donation. The film which marked the debut of Ayushmann Khurrana saw him essay the character of a guy who is a sperm donor. The film revolves around his unconventional ‘job’, his life post marriage and other couples who became parents courtesy Vicky’s noble work. With a flowing narrative and slice of life comedy, Vicky Donor sends it message across without being titillating or crass.
3. Paa – Child born out of Wedlock
Paa directed by R. Balki is mostly remembered for the excellent portrayal of a 12-year-old boy, Auro by megastar Amitabh Bachchan. The film highlighted the disease called progeria, an extremely rare genetic disorder which makes the person age quickly. But the 2009 film is equally memorable for the excellent characters essayed by Vidya Balan, Auro’s single mother and Arundhati Nag, Auro’s Nani and Vidya’s mom. Vidya Balan is shown in the movie to have a child born out of wedlock, and her mother is remarkably supportive of her bold decision of leading a life as a strong single parent.
4. Toilet: Ek Prem Katha – Open Defecation
The upcoming film directed by Shree Narayan Singh is made in support of Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. India is a leading offender when it comes to practicing open defecation. The film starring Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar is a satirical comedy with a hard-hitting message of stopping the unhygienic practice, especially in the rural areas on the name of age-old traditions, customs or just about anything.
5. Phir Milenge – HIV Stigma and Discrimination
Phir Milenge is one of the fewest movies which touched upon the topic of AIDS. The film directed by noted South Indian actress, Revathi dealt with HIV stigma and discrimination. Phir Milenge has Shilpa Shetty in the main role of Tamanna Sahni who contracts the deadly virus from her romantic interest played by Salman Khan who later dies of AIDS. It shows the unfair manner in which she is treated at work and eventually fired by the company. The film shows Tamanna fighting against the discrimination along with her lawyer, the character essayed by Abhishek Bachchan.
6. Taare Zameen Par – Dyslexia
How many times have you heard about parents complaining about their child’s poor academic performance or teachers speaking about the child not being attentive in the class? Aamir Khan directed 2007 film Taare Zameen Par highlighted that maybe your child is suffering from the learning disability. Child actor Darsheel Safary was shown having dyslexia, or reading disorder. In more complex cases, the person suffering could have trouble taking multiple directions such as tying a shoelace, buttoning shirt, catching a ball and more. Thanks to Taare Zameen Par, people discussing more about dyslexia and not brush it aside.
7. Teree Sang – Teen Pregnancy
Teree Sang directed by Satish Kaushik dealt with a sensitive yet highly prevalent issue of teen pregnancy. The 2009 film starred Ruslaan Mumtaz and Sheena Shahabadi in the lead roles of a under-aged couple who fall in love and eventually becoming young parents. Sheena plays the role of 15-year-old who gets pregnant, opposes to the idea of abortion and in a typical Bollywood way, everything ends happily. Despite Teree San, objects to the idea of abortion and in a typical Bollywood way, everything ends happily. Despite Teree Sang not being a great example of touching upon the issues, it does its bit to address the topic of teen pregnancy.
Bollywood might be well-known for the entertaining masala films, but once in a while the filmmakers use the medium to touch upon topics that is needed to be up for discussion. We have seen a rise in this kind of thinking by makers with films like Lipstick Under My Burkha (revolving over many issues from women’s sexual desires to ambitions), Margarita, with a Straw (a young woman with cerebral palsy and her life journey) and others are making their significant contributions.