Shaandaar Movie Review

  • Directed by Vikas Bahl
  • Starring
  • Release dates Thursday 22 October, 2015
  • Running time 2 hours 25 minutes

Shaandaar is a fairy tale like family drama with the touch of a Rom-Com. Don’t you love that feeling when you walk out of a film humming, ready to break into a jig? That’s the kind of film this is. Which is not surprising, as it is a Karan Johar film through and through. He even has a guest appearance in it! And if you like his particular brand of family films, you will be running for this movie before you read the last word.

The plot of the film revolves around the life of Alia Arora (Alia Bhatt), a pretty girl who loves to live in her fantasy land, is a walking encyclopaedia and an insomniac. She is an adopted child, but is loved dearly by her new father Bipin Arora (Pankaj Kapur). Bipin has a dysfunctional family consisting of his bossy mother, a catty wife and weird brothers. Alia, all her life tries to fit in but in vain. Bipin is always worried about his little girl Alia’s insomnia and hopes that one fine day, her prince charming will succeed in making her sleep. Meanwhile, his bossy mother calls for the grand wedding of Bipin’s real daughter Isha, (Sanah Kapoor) who is a bubbly, kind hearted girl with a plumped-up body. Her fairy tale wedding is planned at an exotic location with all the prerequisites of a big fat Indian wedding. The wedding is actually a deal in order to save the family from bankruptcy. The ceremony is organised by Jagjinder Joginder’s (Shahid Kapoor) company. Jagjinder Joginder aka JJ is a good natured guy who instantly falls for Alia. He is also an insomniac and succeeds in making Alia fall asleep. A cute bond of friendship and love develops between the two youngies – Alia and JJ, amidst the wedding chaos. The narration of the film goes into random flashbacks that are animated and has song sequels after regular intervals.

Director Vikas Bahl has managed to present a fresh story rendering it a fairy tale like feel, but, unfortunately fails at the narration part. The story telling was weak. The climax was another let down. Overall the feel of the movie was a happy one, but definitely not Shaandaar. Shahid and Alia are a match made in casting heaven. They both have that chocolaty charm that incredibly is multiplied when they are together. Some of the best scenes in the film are the ones with just the two of them. Pankaj Kapur as a doting father is truly a gem. He is a perfect fit in his role. All the other supporting actors did an extraordinary job in the film, which breath-life-into the story. Amit Trivedi‘s music is memorable, and fit for a wedding playlist. The film’s art direction is remarkable for being colorful and only ironically opulent.

The slow pace of the film that is stretched a bit too long. From the presentation of the film, the climax was expected to be a lot more Shaandaar!

Overall ‘Shaandaar’ is a happy film, which can be enjoyed with family and friends. However, the treatment of the sequences is not right and there is nothing very special about the movie, but, it can be a onetime watch for Shahid and Alia’s adorable chemistry and brilliant performances by the actors.

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