Getting together the two charming faces of Bollywood Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, Shaandaar is an upcoming Indian romantic comedy film, directed by Vikas Bahl and produced by, Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane. The film also stars Pankaj Kapur and Sanjay Kapoor in prominent roles.
Getting together the two charming faces of Bollywood Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, Shaandaar is an upcoming Indian romantic comedy film, directed by Vikas Bahl and produced by, Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane. The film also stars Pankaj Kapur and Sanjay Kapoor in prominent roles. less
“The breezing mood of Shaandaar doesn't let its slow pace spoil the fun”
There is a boy who is an insomniac( Shahid Kapoor ) and he falls for a girl ( Alia Bhatt )who is also an insomniac. In Hollywood the film might have warranted an A certificate. In Bollywood, even a B grade film also would have censor problems but in the hands of director Vikas Bahl ( Queen) their sleeping together, she on the sofa and he sitting on the floor with their hands clasped presents such a cute picture that it brings tears to the father of the girl.( Pankaj Kapoor). This because she has slept for the first time. Ditto for Shahid who has also slept for the first time. Everyone whispers that it must be love.
This probably is the only sensible scene in this crazy concoction of assorted characters each quirkier than the other. There is a Hitler like grandmother on a wheelchair who orders people about. She harasses everyone including her brother and her assistant and does not bat an eyelid as she drives them up the wall with her tantrums.. Then there a young man called Jagjinder Joginder ( named after his mother -father) who is a wedding planner, choreographer, Mr. Fixit and a charmer who smiles shyly as the background song tells us that he is a Hotty hotty. Even the grandmother melts before him. His girlfriend, the insomniac is a pretty little thing who has equally quirky behavior who goes for midnight swims in the lake since she cannot sleep. Sure enough our hero JJ lands up swimming in the same lake.
The entire movie is about a big fat wedding where Pankaj Kappor has plans to marry his insomniac daughter in a rich family. Sanjay Kapoor plays the boy's father called Fundwani who brandishes a golden pistol and wears a pendant in the shape of letter S which stands for Sindhi and not Samdhi he clarifies to Pankaj Kapoor. Not to be left behind the bridegroom is equally ludicrous with a jacket over his bare torso.And yes there is a green frog called Ashok I think.
There is enough madness and frivolity as these characters interact with each other. But there is no method in the madness and the proceedings get reduced to an unfunny farce.There is an attempt to create comedy at every stage. Sometimes it works and sometimes it does not. There are some acronyms used as a gimmick. Sample this, FTB ( Father of the bride), BTB ( bride to be), PP ( pairi painna). Animation is used for entertainment but normally this does not work for Indian audiences. As the scenes unfold they get more and more inane with slapstick thrown in.The climax is equally ridiculous.
It becomes difficult to imagine that the director of Queen has turned out this drivel in the garb of comedy. He needs to realise that there is a limit to ridiculous comedy His use of music however saves the day and there are a couple of nice tunes and dances which have become popular. There is a clever use of old songs like " Neend na mujhko aaye" and " Eena meena deeka".The songs " Raita phail gaya" and Gulabo" have been done well. Karan Johar has also been used in a Q and A session " Mehndi with Karan" I think. In this package they have also thrown in a quawwali. All actors except Pankaj Kapoor have probably not acted in such frivolous scenes earlier and it shows.