Mira Nair`s ‘Monsoon Wedding’ proved it once for all. Only Greek weddings need not be big and fat, Punjabi Indian weddings don`t lag far behind either.Bollywood has over the years developed a peculiar partiality towards romantic-comedies set during wedding celebrations. Aditya Chopra`s ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ did it too. And got away with it with spectacular success.Director Amrit Sagar Chopra, who has to his credit that very fine war epic ‘1971’, returns to direction after six years. He certainly has not lost his spark as a storyteller, who can frame his characters in postures of flattering self-revelation even when caught with their pants down.And pants certainly slip repeatedly to the ground in this sex comedy where no one really gets down to having sex. They just speak about sex, and that too in hushed wink-wink-nudge-nudge tones. This "sex comedy" is astonishingly and refreshingly free of smut and suggestiveness.Even when Arshad Warsi, that natural-born scenestealer, asks his kid-brother (newcomer Akash Chopra) if he had ever "done it" before his wedding, it`s done with wit, and a certain innocence.The tale of a virgin-groom and his determination not to lose his cherry no matter how much he gets provoked by his randy brother, is told with a tongue-in-cheek flair. The narration is easygoing and casually stylish. The going never gets garish or gross. And that, during these alarming times of grand masti, is a relief.The director shoots romance, wedding festivities, and loaded dialogues between the two brothers with a wink and a smirk that remain the prevalent moods until midway when, like most Bollywood comedies, the bantering boisterousness of a band-baaja baarati runs out of steam...and scream.
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