Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Sanah Kapoor, Sushma Seth, Pankaj Kapur, Niki Aneja Walia, Sanjay Kapoor, Diljit Dosanjh
Director: Vikas BahlVikas Bahl’s foregoing fantasy film “Shandaar” personate an extravagant Indian wedding, actually depicting the story of a father-daughter bonding. This love story like very common to see in any Hindi- commercial film is added for a good measure.
The wedding serves as a business deal, to counter the Bankrupcy, pouts the matriarch of the Arora family, Kamala (Sushma Seth) during a family conference that consists of her three sons: Vipin (Pankaj Kapur), Viren and Vinay (Sagar Arya), daughter-in-law Geetu (Niki Walia), grand-daughter Isha (Sanah Kapoor) and an orphan girl Alia (Alia Bhatt) who has been adopted by Vipin.
Shahid Kapoor plays the role of a wedding planner namely Jagjinder Joginder, who arrives to ensure the smooth execution of this big-fat-Sindhi wedding. Meanwhile the wedding preparation he falls in love with the orphan Alia, as easily predicted.
Isha, Vipin’s daughter, engaged to Robin (Diljit Dosanjh), brother of a rich Sindhi businessman Harry Fandwani (Sanjay Kapoor) depicts a sacrificial goat in the movie.
The essence of the simple and somewhat sweet messages are lost or say wasn’t potentially expressed than it could have. The film although was mounted on a big scale foot as per the quagmire of gimmicks wasn’t upto the mark.
Apart from the story, the screenplay padded with basic animation and remixed songs like “Neend na mujkho aaye” or “Eena, Meena Deeka” couldn’t possibly boost the pace and content of the film.
Humour comes in the form of absurd dialogues and situational moments with gags, which make the film appear more like a theatrical show with disjointed acts. The film seemed to be more like a theatrical show in a discontinous manner. Lack of comedy even disgrade the movie, humour was bitterly spread which was even in the form of absurd dialogues and situational moments recreational with gaps.
This somewhat convoluted and slow paced film(Shandaar) constitute of some brilliant veteran actors as cast who performed well, moreover Shahid-Alia coupled as lead is something would hook you up and get to watch. Pankaj Kappor like very common plays a sincere role , wasn’t exceptionally amazing but well do. He plays father to Sanah Kapoor as Isha who makes an impact in her maiden film. With an author-backed role, she is a sincere and uninhibited actor, who holds her stead among veterans and charms you with her simplicity and confidence.
Shahid plays the exuberant Punjabi wedding-planner at his erfect way and predictably serves primarily as the Prince Charming to the insomniac Alia, whether it is keeping her company at night or taking her horse-riding.
Alia,as usual carried her high confident and energetic self, offering nothing new to her character. She dances amazingly with gusto and performs competently, but significantly her role has shades of her off-seen characters.
Sushma Seth, seen after an interval, strongly portrays the dominating dowager astutely, impresses through her magnetic personality.
Sanjay Kapoor shown as the loud, obnoxious, gun-flaunting Sindhi, Harry Fandwani, in his gold attire is far from funny, but delivers effectively. Niki Walia woefully makes her presence felt with a poorly etched character.
Diljit Dosanjh as the boorish, all brawn no brain Robin is competent. His obsession with his eight and a half pack abs rather than with his bride-to-be, is amusing.
And, Sagar Arya as Vinay Arora with limp limbs shines in a predictably written cameo as the family’s fashion designer.
Visually, the film “Shandaar” is a delight combination of elaborate and opulent sets, picturesque locales and wondrous camerawork. The music is elementary with most of the songs having no contribution towards the progression of the narration. But nevertheless, they are well-choreographed especially Gulabo and the one which is captured in black and white.
Vikas Bahl’s “Shandaar” has been hitting the minds of viewers through trailers as high gimmicks which could definitely make it a once watch movie.The full length film offers nothing new and in fact disappoints. Well, overall it sees the best of director’s work so far.