Shaadi Se Pehle
Director: Satish Kaushik
Producer: Subhash Ghai
Cast: Akshaye Khanna, Mallika Sherawat, Ayesha Takia, Aftab Shivdasani, Suniel Shetty, Anupam Kher,Gulshan Grover
Music: Himesh Reshammiya
Ashish Kapoor (Akshaye Khanna) and Rani (Ayesha Takia) are a couple very much in love with each other. However Ashish has a problem and what a problem it is. At the slightest level of tension, Ashish needs to pop a pill to unrattle his shaken nerves. This comes to the notice of Rani's family members who in turn try to separate them. And if that was not enough for Ashish, there is his friend Rohit (Aftab Shivdasani) who has the hots for Rani as well. Despite all these predicaments, Rani genuinely loves Ashish and wants to be with him.
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.
So, he now starts flirting with the sexy model Sania (Mallika Sherawat). Seeing Sania in Ashish's arms, Rani is heart-broken and breaks up with him. Rani asks her family to choose her a suitable groom and as luck would have it, 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.
Will Ashish be able to convince Rani of his true feelings and clear up the mess? However that is not the only problem. Sania's brother (Sunil Shetty) is an underworld Don and when he finds out, he will kill Ashish.
With an interesting concept on hand, SHAADI SE PEHLE could've been a laugh roit however the film disappoints big time. The humour in the film is cheap and most of the times falls flat. However there are a few scenes that are truely hilarious. The climax of the film should have been better and convincing but yet again the climax lacks conviction. Ideally, the concluding portions should leave an ever-lasting impression, but in this case, it comes across as a half-baked effort.
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. Himesh Reshammiya's music is average. Cinematography [Johny Lall] is enticing, especially the locales of Malaysia.
Akshaye scores yet again. The actor has great comic timing. Ayesha Takia has done justice to her role which is very limited. Mallika Sherawat has done her bit with perfection for which she was wanted in the film. Suniel Shetty doesn't impress. Rest of the cast lend able support.
On the whole, SHAADI SE PEHLE has a few good comic scenes but that is not enough to maake the audience laugh and enjoy the film in totality.