Newcomers Priyaank Sharma and Riva Kishan along with Akshaye Khanna starrer Sab Kushal Mangal is based on a local politician and goon Baba Bhandari (Akshaye Khanna) who is in the business of forced marriages of grooms. He abducts a young TV journalist for one such association but ends up falling in love with the same girl.
Welcome to Karnalganj, a town where a small-time politician rules big and makes a living out of fixing marriages forcefully. The film opens with Akshaye Khanna’s dramatic entry sporting a handle-bar mustache and long locks, looking anything but intimidating. The actor who is otherwise impressive with his acting fails to impress here.
On performances front, Priyaank Sharma and Riva Kishan are confident but there is barely any chemistry between the two. Priyaank shows some promise with his brooding looks but lacks the enthusiasm required for the role of the firebrand journalist Pappu Mishra, who exposes wrongdoings on his show Musibat Odh Li Maine.
Riva Kishan fares much better as Mandira, who speaks her mind, but sadly, her character has no agency when it comes to making important life decisions like marriage.
Talented actors such as Satish Kaushik, Supriya Pathak Kapur, and Rakesh Bedi could have been utilized to their full potential.
The music is average and the songs are well shot, but most of them are untimely placed. This further makes the already long runtime of the film seem like a drag. The background score is too loud.
The weak script and the film’s narrative makes half-hearted attempts on social issue goes against it. Overall, Sab Kushal Mangal is a missed opportunity.
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