Instead of a glamorous honeymoon, newlyweds Atul (Ritchie) and Vina (Karan) are forced to spend their first few days of marriage with the in-laws. The unromantic surrounds soon saps Atul's sex drive, a 'swelling' problem that patriarch Eeshwar (Patel) seems determined to compound.
Based on a play by Ayub Khan-Din, this British film tells of the ups and downs — or more aptly, rises and flops — of a newly married couple (Reece Ritchie and Amara Karan) failing to consummate their union when forced to live in the same house as the groom’s father. Performances are appealing, particularly from Harish Patel as the overbearing but lonely father, but its central premise is rather a theatrical conceit. While it’s just about understandable that a young man might be so consumed by strained family relationships that he can’t concentrate on his wife in bed, it’s a push to believe that a few days without conjugals would lead a previously adoring couple to consider separation. The drama just escalates too fast. The comedy, conversely, stays at a very gentle setting throughout.
The combined talents of Calendar Girls' Nigel Cole and East Is East's Ayub Khan Din should be a marriage made in heaven - or at least the north of England - but, for all its gentle drama and nicely-judged performances, this has some work to do to match the sleeper status of those films.
Reviewed by Olly Richards