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film directed by Vikas Bahl. Vikas has given hits like Chillar Party and Queen
in the past. Shaandaar deserved a much shaandaar treatment by Vikas after his
super successful film Queen. It is also claimed to be first Destination Wedding
film of Bollywood. The film does use the motion picture in a few scenes where prelude
to the plot is set and narrated by Naseeruddin Shah. Though the film starts on
a high note of humour, but in the later parts of the film, the fun part falls flat,
it fizzles down. The best part of the film is its cast – effortless Pankaj
Kapur, spontaneous Shahid Kapur, bubbly Alia, cute Sanah. They definitely bring
good moments on screen. I must say that, one can’t just write off this movie.
One can enjoy this film in parts for the charm that its actors bring on screen.
with the motion picture along with Naseeruddin Shah’s narration, which sets the
prelude to the plot. Bipin (Pankaj Kapur) adopts Alia (Alia Bhatt) and brings
her home. Sushma Seth as Bipin’s mother – Kamala Arora, matriarch of the Arora
family, rules the house along with Bipin’s wife (Niki Aneja). Both Kamala and Bipin’s
wife are shown to be materialistic in nature. Though Alia is not accepted by
both of them, she manages to deal with their hatred.
(Sanah Kapur, Shahid’s real sister) is getting married to Robin Fundwani (Vikas
Verma). It is more of a business deal for Kamala and Harry Fundwani (Sanjay
Kapoor), a merger of two major business houses of India. For Robin and Eesha
also, it is just a compromise for family’s sake. Robin is Harry’s brother who
is flaunting his 8 ½ packs throughout the movie. Harry glitters in gold, is obsessed
with gold. He is getting his brother married to Eesha, since Kamala has
promised them the gold which equals the weight of Eesha (she is shown as plump
girl). Both the families Aroras and Fundwanis travel for destination wedding. A
fairy tale castle (probably in Europe) is chosen for this wedding.
Joginder aka JJ (Shahid Kapoor)’s entry happens in a completely filmy manner,
his bike colliding with a vintage car driven by Bipin with his wife and
daughters. This encounter, where the real father-son duo comes face-to-face on
screen is funny. JJ happens to be the wedding organizer for Eesha-Robin’s
insomniac. It is great to see her chemistry with her on-screen father Pankaj
Kapur whom she calls Beeps. He designs dreams for her and alia keeps all the
dreams safe in a box saying that she would watch every dream when she would
start sleeping. Coincidently JJ is also an insomniac. As can be predicted, in
the background of wedding preparations, another love story blossoms between JJ
and Alia in a very cool fashion. It is great to see father becoming possessive
of his daughter when he realizes that there is another man in her life.
low points in the movie. Rather entry of Sanjay Kapur as Harry Fundwani
unfortunately is a low point, since it breaks the flow of humour tone set up
till then. Drag is felt post-interval. Towards the end, the film just nosedives
into silly comedy, a beautiful plot is made into a series of silly sub-plots. A
scene just prior to climax where a girl speaks up for her right to live, could
have been a show-stopper scene, but the way it is handled on screen has trivialized
characters are just added in the film viz. twin sisters, mirroring everything;
a small kid with bow and arrow ready to hit the target etc. Anjana Sukhani is
just a filler, does not get a single dialogue in the film. Lot of characters
viz. Bipin’s brothers except the designer brother gets lost in the crowd.
identifying with every successful individual as Sindhis (even with Michael
Jackson) does not generate much humour. Karan Johar does make a special
appearance with ‘Mehandi with Karan’. I am wondering whether these scenes were
required at all? Music is average.
the film is definitely the moments between Alia-Shahid, Alia-Pankaj, Alia-Eesha.
And the way, they have handled and ustified their respective characters, is
surely going to bring smiles to your face.
move further? What happens to the destination wedding of Eesha-Robin? How does
Alia-JJ’s relationship shape up? What happens when Alia comes to know regarding
her biological parents? How does she respond? How does Bipin deal with his
daughter Alia’s getting comfortable with JJ? What happens to Kamala’s business
deal approach? Who actually benefit in the end?
shaandaar treatment by ‘Queen’ director Vikas Bahl. Shaandaar has its own
moments of humour to entertain you, though the fun element nosedives into silly
comical scenes later. Watch it, if you just want some very light-hearted stuff.