If gleaming faces and designer wear is your thing... This should absolutely be on your watch list this weekend...
Karan Johar's extravagance meets Fox Star Studios' opulence with a bit of Disney sprinkled over it and Shaandaar materialises. But in all this indulgence, Queen's King Vikas Bahl got lost. How? Let me explain that:
What's it about:
Alia (Alia Bhatt) is an orphan whom Bipin (Pankaj Kapur) takes home but his oppressing mother and snooty wife are against it. Alia is least concerned about their hatred towards her since she just wants her Bips (as she fondly calls her father) and his daughter Isha (Sanah Kapoor) to herself. But there is something about her that worries Bipin, Alia is an insomniac and he prays for a person who can make her sleep. But when that man arrives in the form of Jagjinder Joginder (Shahid Kapoor), he doesn't like it at all. Bipin keeps an eye on him. While its love at first sight for JJ, Alia takes time to fall for him. But there is more to this story. JJ is here as a wedding planner for Isha's matrimony which is nothing but a deal between Bipin and Fadwani (Sanjay Kapoor) so that the latter can bail them out of bankruptcy. But Fadwani is oblivious about it and is also bankrupt. Both are banking on the wedding but a self-obsessed groom makes Isha wary of the wedding. In the meantime, yet another secret tumbles out of the bag threatening Alia and Bips relationship!
Were you missing the magnificence of Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham? Blindingly rich people wearing designer wears dancing to literally every tune? By the way those rich people are bankrupt! Yes? Well, then Shaandaar will be shaandaar for you. It's a visual delight. There's Karan Johar written all over it. It's about family, gays, love, wedding, bitchy guests, bimbos and much more. But there are two outstanding features about Shaandaar. The comic strip that narrates the story about Alia's entry in the house and her origin which is reminiscent of Hum Tum; narrated by Naseeruddin Shah. Only difference being it is amazingly done; guess the credit for that goes to Fox Star Studios. The second best thing is Alia's adorable relationship with Pankaj Kapur. It seems like a real father-daughter relationship. Even Shahid and Kapur's bickering connection isn't so engaging. Sanah is a good performer. Sanjay Kapoor's Sindhi jokes are really hilarious, although he got much less time to crack the jokes. Vikas Bahl is sourly missed but he tries to break free towards the climax when fat-shaming by people get shamed and that will make you clap.
It's tad amusing to say that don't expect anything beyond ordinary from the film. It's also a bit hurtful to say such a thing about a Vikas Bahl film since Queen mirrored many girls from across India. The film hardly has a story. It's just an ongoing process where a few subplots are added to heighten excitement but after some time you just don't care. It drags in the first half as well but a deliciously hot Shahid saves the day but how long can the shine blind you. The second half stretches frighteningly, threatening to exhaust you. That's because by then the shine wears off and you want more. But nada! You get more bling, gold and jokes that fall flat. Shahid and Alia's chemistry was more evident at the promotions than in the film. Even Karan Johar's cliched cameo couldn't put it on the right track. Songs are beautiful but drags the film unnecessarily.
What to do:
Despite all that, watch this film this festive weekend because it's been sometime since we saw a KJo embellishment onscreen.
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