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Movie Review : Shaandaar

Release Date:  October 22, 2015

Cast:ShahidKapoor, Alia Bhatt, PankajKapur, Sanjay Kapoor, SanahKapur



Duration: 2 hours 25 minutes

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Love blossoms amidst the harsh realities of life where people scheme and manipulate to ensure their survival. Love doesn’t care much about business deals or money, and would rather be just fine with getting a good night’s sleep. These are some of the essentialflavours of thislargelyfairy taleendeavour. The basic plot appears to be great fun, but the way it is depicted in the movie, does not come out so well. With the success of ‘Queen’, expectations were high from director VikasBahl, but ‘Shaandaar’ fails to make it to that league.

The story revolves around the life of Alia (Alia Bhatt), a reportedly orphaned child brought home by Bipin (PankajKapoor), a business tycoon who is ruled by his bossy mum (Sushma Seth) and ambitious wife (Nikki Aneja). Bipin also has a real daughter, Isha (SanahKapur) from his marriage. When Bipin’s mum tries to get Isha married into a rich Sindhi family, in comes the wedding planner, JoginderJoginder, JJ (ShahidKapoor), and love blossoms soon after between JJ and Alia. A comic coincidence in the movie is that both Alia and JJ are insomniacs, so they end up spending a lot of time together while the world is fast asleep around them.

Shahid is a natural charmer, but the script is ever so demanding that the charm loses its magical touch after some time. Alia too appears to be overtly influenced by the film’s narrative to play a cute character, resulting in repetitive ‘trying-to-be-cute’ mannerisms. SanahKapoor, however, has done a good job, even though her role in the movie is limited.

Love, passion, ambition, money, drama, and plenty of quirks, played around during a big fat Sindhi wedding in a grand UK mansion, drive the story of ‘Shaandaar’. The movie could have been really shaandaar(superior, grand) in real terms, but it fails to do so. Go for this if you are okay with some random fun and like to explore new meanings of love and romance.

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