Shaandar Movie Review


The actors tried, but the writers failed.

Coming from the makers of the movie Queen, Shaandar was definitely a surprise for those who expected it to be as entertaining as Queen. For those who have seen the movie Queen, it will be difficult to imagine or understand; why such a sudden drop in story-telling?

The movie has a fun plot, but the makers fail to deliver. In an attempt to make a spoof on destination weddings, the film has lost track of what it wants to do. The film also had similarity to Tarantino’s Kill Bill, part animation, part narrative style to tell the story of an orphan girl who is been looked after by a wealthy businessman.

Alia also happens to be an insomniac who hasn’t slept for 25 years. Her father Bipin Arora, (Pankaj Kapoor) is keen on her getting married to someone who can cure her problem. The plot thickens when Bipin Aroa’s mother wants his real daughter to get married to some influential and a rich family so that they can take care for their money problem. Even though the Aroras are cash-strapped, they decide to have the wedding in Britain. (You see the loopholes don’t you?).

Fevicol- the binding factor

This is where Alia meets the wedding planner, Jagjinder Joginder aka JJ, who also happens to be an insomniac. He drives a bike, is a good dancer and guess what? Even he is an insomniac. Both Alia and JJ bond over peeling off Fevicol over each other’s palms.

Shaandar is an amalgamation of Disney’s Frozen and every Rajshri Production films with a Dharma Productions packaging.

A shoddy and a lazy job by team Queen

In terms of being tacky, it can compete with ‘Mein Prem Ki Diwani Hoon’.  Probably the best part about Shaandar is its trailer (because it is short). It is a surprise that Shaandar is by the same team which made Queen. The story has been written by Bahl and Chaitally Parmar(The writers of Queen) and the dialogues have been written by Anvita Dutt, who also co-wrote the dialogues for Queen. It was like a mini-reunion of team queen. Yet, the film failed to create the magic which queen had created.

Alia Bhatt and Sahid Kapoor haven tried their best to deliver, but with such shoddy and lazy writing, the film falls flat on its face.


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