Director Vikas Bahl, who narrated the story of a simple girl in Queen is back, and this time he takes us to witness a lavish destination wedding. Shaandaar is truly shaandaar in every sense of the word. Lavish sets filled with grandeur say that this time Vikas has treaded a different path. So, what’s the story of Shaandaar?
Simply put, it’s a love triangle between Alia Arora (Alia Bhatt), her father Bipin (Pankaj Kapur) and Jagjinder Joginder aka JJ (Shahid Kapoor). Alia’s sister, the voluptuous Isha Arora (Sanah Kapur) and the self-centered Robin Fundwani (Vikas Verma) who has eight-and-a-half packs are getting married; but it’s more of a business deal than the coming together of two families.
Shahid and Alia are totally natural and at ease. Every time they come together on screen, their extraordinary chemistry is evident. I mean, I have never seen any of these two actors share such an incredible chemistry with anyone else till date. The other person with whom Alia shares a superb chemistry in the film is Pankaj Kapur. It’s beyond words. One of the best oscreen father-daughter jodis in Bollywood, must say. Sanah Kapur proves that she is the daughter of Pankaj Kapur and Supriya Pathak with her amazing debut performance. All other actors also play their parts well. Sanjay Kapoor’s character was a bit irritating and over-the-top. The long-lost Anjana Sukhani is seen in the movie as a mute spectator.
I wouldn’t want to compare Shaandaar to a masterpiece like Queen, but Vikas Bahl did do a decent job here as well. The first half of the movie is more interesting than the second one. Cinematography is impressive; it captures the grandeur fantastically. A lot of scenes were unwanted and could have been edited out.
Watch out for:
Sanah’s emotional scene in the first half of the movie. She just nails it!
How insomnia plays a role in Alia and JJ falling in love
How a sensitive topic – that of body shaming – is dealt with
Karan Johar’s cameo as himself
The last 10 minutes of the movie seemed too chaotic. Could have been much better.
Shaandaar Movie Review Final Verdict:
Overall, the movie is a one-time watch for all; and for fans of Shahid and Alia, well, it’s a must watch!
Director Vikas Bahl, who narrated the story of a simple girl in Queen is back, and this time he takes us to witness a lavish destination wedding. Shaa...3.0