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Bollywood's 'Shaadi Ke Side Effects' romantic comedy opens in Tampa

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Pregnancy. Weight gain. Sleeplessness. Grouchiness. Loss of joy.

They're Shaadi Ke Side Effects — marriage's side effects — according to this not-so-happily-ever-after comedy about a couple trying to rediscover the love after "I do." The flick brings together two enormous talents of the Hindi film industry.

Farhan Akhtar has won critical acclaim and tremendous box office success as a writer, director, producer, actor, lyricist and even singer. He's one of the co-hosts of April's IIFA Awards at Raymond James Stadium, where he is also favored to win best male performance in a leading role for biopic Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. And Vidya Balan, the reigning IIFA best female performance in a leading role winner for 2012 thriller Kahaani, is known for throwing the size 0 bimbo archetype out the window via such edgy roles as a pregnant wife avenging her husband's death (Kahaani), a manipulative seductress (Ishqiya) and an ill-fated sex symbol (The Dirty Picture).

The bygone fun and present arguments of their characters, new parents Sid and Trisha, are set to music by Pritam, a composer also Tampa-bound for the April 24 IIFA Rocks concert and a collaboration with the Tampa Bay Symphony. Shaadi is a sequel to 2006's quirky Pyaar Ke Side Effects, about the entanglements of love (pyaar) before the vows. So this couple was certainly due the seven- (or eight-) year itch by now. Shaadi Ke Side Effects, with subtitles, opens Friday.

Caitlin E. O'Conner, Times staff writer

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