Shaandaar review: Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt starrer is a blinding mix of everything with nothing of its own to boast of

Shaandaar review: Costumery may work with other actors, but it's wrong for Alia Bhatt, while Shahid Kapoor suffers from a badly-written character.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5
Written by Shubhra Gupta | New Delhi | Updated: October 24, 2015 4:40 pm
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Take a blank canvas. Daub some ‘Orphan Annie’ paint on it. Add a little dash of ‘Cinderella’. Come closer home and borrow from that old durable ‘Hum Aapke Hain Kaun’, and the much more recent ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’. And gild the whole with glitter and gold. What ‘Shaandaar’ is trying to do is clear: reinvent beloved fairy tales with the help of winsome stars, but ends up being a blinding mix of everything with nothing of its own to boast of.

One day, little Alia (Alia Bhatt, going by her own name) is brought home by Papa (Pankaj Kapur), a man ruled by his money-grubbing mommy (Sushma Seth) and wife. Alia grows up not knowing where she came from, not knowing how to sleep and perchance to dream. And then her Prince Charming (Shahid Kapoor) rides into her life, and everything changes.

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There’s enough in this premise for it to have turned into a delightful concoction, given that Vikas Bahl’s last was ‘Queen’. But so much else is so relentlessly piled on– a big fat wedding, no, make that a Big Fat Sindhi Wedding, a grand mansion somewhere in the UK, the standard jibes-at-gay-people, fat girl shaming, sorry stabs at whimsy– that very soon into the film, you are left groaning under the double assault of bling and blather.

The film is bloated with excess. Songs dressed up and going nowhere, saying nothing. Sequences meant to showcase actual planes, and flights of fancy, but looping no loops. Costumery and puffery may work with other actors, but it is wrong for Alia. Underneath it all, she knows she is real, and she can’t help letting us in on her. But here, she’s been made to play so determinedly cute that she sinks into a set of mumbled mannerisms. And using her own name so soon in? There’s a problem right there.

Shahid suffers from a badly-written character. He can be such a natural charmer, but here the charm offensive is not allowed to stop, and finally just overtakes him. It doesn’t help that he gets into a similar loop with the scenes he has with his real-life `papaji’, and there are several. Shahid and Alia look good together, but there’s not very much else they manage between the two of them.

The only one who leaves an impression in this crowded-yet-slack film is Sanah Kapur, the real-life half-sister of Shahid, who plays a bride being used as part of a ‘deal’ between two business families. She has a couple of strong scenes, and wears her weight well. The rest of it is a non-stop barrage of stereotypes being played for laughs: rich Sindhi men and their love for living life large, grooms obsessed with their eight-and-a-half packs, limp-wrists and fat waists.

Where’s the ‘shaan’ in all this?

Cast of Shaandaar: Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Pankaj Kapoor, Sanah Kapur, Sanjay Kapoor, Sushma Seth
Director: Vikas Bahl

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First Published on: October 22, 2015 2:31 pm
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    Avi
    Oct 22, 2015 at 11:34 pm
    Indian express produces most reliable and correct movie review and the movies get what they deserve.
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      Posit vhel
      Nov 7, 2015 at 2:43 pm
      Waste of time and money. Can't believe Karan Kapoor would put his name behind such an incoherent production.
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        Fritziey
        Oct 23, 2015 at 9:55 am
        Great job alia and Shahid but that is not what i expect
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          Fritziey
          Oct 23, 2015 at 9:55 am
          Great job alia and Shahid but that is not what i expect
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            Areeshayousuf
            Oct 23, 2015 at 8:26 pm
            I love the trailer of this movie but hasn't watch the movie yet but I am sure that I will love this movie because the hero is shahid and he is too good I am a big fan of him
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              Syed Shabbiruddin
              Oct 22, 2015 at 11:20 pm
              I don't like shahid wahtever he does in his movie, but i like only one movie that is ''Jab We Met''.
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                Syed Shabbiruddin
                Oct 22, 2015 at 11:19 pm
                My opinion is to watch ''Talvar'' great movie.
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                  gyer
                  Oct 22, 2015 at 9:17 pm
                  scotland is in the uk:P!get ur facts rite before writing an article duh.
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                    Naveen
                    Oct 22, 2015 at 11:05 pm
                    Bakw
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                      Anshu
                      Oct 23, 2015 at 12:17 pm
                      It is the best movie forever that i never seen such in the world.Alia keep it up,i am your big fan
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                        ASHISH BILOCHI
                        Oct 22, 2015 at 7:24 pm
                        Awesome movie
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                          Theck
                          Oct 22, 2015 at 3:34 pm
                          Can't believe I sat through that eyesore of a film. Should have taken cues from the restless child in the row in front, and perhaps my money would also have been better spent running up and down the aisles and making a racket with my folding seat. I went in with my tissue box and feminist hopes for another soaring cinematic experience. Came out cross-e and wondering if people who make such self-indulgent tripe are high. This movie was WORSE than Happy New Year. And that's saying something. Poor Shahid. Poor Pankaj. Poor Aalia. Stuck for notoriety in a regressive, back-handed insult of a film.
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                            Cinemap Rofile
                            Oct 22, 2015 at 11:48 pm
                            Positive reviews for all the top reviewers read all the top reviewers reviews in one place only @goo.gl/73Jatc
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                              cygnet
                              Dec 18, 2015 at 12:05 pm
                              it was such a huge disaster.... worst movie of the year.... thank God we didnt go to seee it in multiplex... waste of money...............huge promotions and zero entertainment value.... Guys avoid making such movies as u not only waste ur money but also publics
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                                david
                                Oct 22, 2015 at 5:23 pm
                                Look at this Bandri.
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                                  Bodh
                                  Oct 29, 2015 at 12:52 am
                                  Alia n shahid look great together. Pankaj kapoor plus shahid kapoor scenes were great fun n entertaining. Had a good time watching this movie.
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                                    Aditya
                                    Oct 23, 2015 at 9:06 am
                                    I should not have watched the film AT THE THEATRE at all !! :D :D
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                                      edbeda
                                      Oct 22, 2015 at 6:35 pm
                                      They're all brilliant actors who got stuck in a film with a terrible script and tried to perform under the directorial guidance of what seems like a really bigoted 4-year-old girl who just discovered bedazzlers.
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                                        Farhan
                                        Oct 23, 2015 at 9:21 am
                                        Shahid Kapur, if you're reading this, please stick to making thouggt provoking,intense and well acted films like Haider instead of running after unfounded commercial success.
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                                          Gaurav Bansal
                                          Oct 23, 2015 at 11:02 am
                                          Less than Average movie. Shahid this type of movie doesn't suit on you.. please make a movie like 'Haider' an art of piece.
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                                            Harshit Agarwal
                                            Oct 23, 2015 at 7:10 am
                                            It's just an ohk film not that good as shown while the time of promotion.... Probably not even a one time watch...😤 shahid that's not what we expected....
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