Shaandaar, or more like far from it, is a forgettable and sagging affair

Published: October 31, 2015

Sadly, the acting and story does not compliment the visual aesthetics and choreography. PHOTO: SHAANDAAR FACEBOOK PAGE

Shaandaar is a romantic comedy revolving around the subject matter of matrimony and nuptials, combined with the concept of a destination wedding set in London. Think of it as a big, fat Greek Shaandaar Indian wedding. 

It is directed by Vikas Bahl of Queen fame and is produced by Fox Star Studio. This movie would appeal to the younger generation as they may find it relatable to some extent.

Starring the newlywed Shahid Kapoor and the girl next door, Alia Bhatt, the movie is combined with what seems like a family affair. The cast also includes Pankaj Kapoor and making her acting debut, Sanah Kapoor.  Veteran actress Sushma Seth is also casted in the movie along with a cameo appearance of Sanjay Kapoor.

Photo: Shaandaar Youtube screenshot

The fundamental narrative of the story revolves around the backdrop of the wedding between Jagjinder Joginder (Shahid Kapoor) and Alia (Alia Bhatt), and how their two wealthy families agree upon a merger to seemingly benefit them mutually.

Added to that, there is also an eccentric love triangle in the mix. However, I won’t reveal too much regarding the love triangle or the rest of the story (convoluted and protractedly long albeit monotonous story structure at that) for the sake of keeping all the spoilers at bay.

Photo: Shaandaar Facebook page

On the other hand, despite the story being all over the place, the songs are a different matter altogether, and poles apart from the mundane narrative of the movie. All the songs are beautifully choreographed, melodic and hit all the right chords. But for me, Gulabo, Raitaa Phel Gaya and Shaam Shaandaar stand out a tad bit more.

With context to acting and directing, it is disappointing to watch two creative individuals like Shahid and Bahl play a part in a project like Shaandaar, after having worked in critically and commercially acclaimed feature films such as Haider and Queen.

Simply put, only Shahid and Sushma Seth in the guise as the hawkish grandmother manage to salvage the movie to some degree of what is otherwise a forgettable and sagging affair.

Photo: Shaandaar Youtube screenshot

Adding insult to injury is the fact that the movie goes downhill from the very beginning. The story is so loosely written that it makes you question the writers, the director and actors who agreed to play part in this sorry excuse of an endeavour.

Digressing from that, Bhatt yet again delivers her signature performance of a preppy and bubbly girl who means well, but things do not turn out in her favour. There’s no variation between her previous roles compared to this one. She should know better that this ‘act’ is getting stale and she ought to employ more depth in her future acting renditions. Perhaps she can take acting lessons or some career saving pointers from her father. Otherwise, her presence will support the notion that she only got into Bollywood because of her family background.

Photo: Shaandaar Youtube screenshot

If the trailers and the songs are to be taken as a barometer, then this movie looked really good. Many were looking forward to a wholesome family entertainer that had a wedding theme, which was specifically made for the youth. With respect to the visuals, it is gorgeous with beautiful English countryside vistas and grandiose medieval castles. But sadly, the acting and story does not compliment the visual aesthetics and choreography.

There is only so much a lone actor such as Shahid can do, especially when the film itself is dead on arrival, thanks to the sloppy script. An actor is only as good as the story of the movie. By the time the second half kicks in, the shoddy gimmicks, which are way too many, don’t seem to end and it all seems like a dragged down affair.

Photo: Shaandaar Facebook page

Unlike the movie’s name Shaandaar, this poorly executed, directed, acted and most importantly, written feature film feels anything but that. What a waste of a good ensemble cast!

I’d rate this movie a two out of 10.

Salman Junejo

Salman Junejo

The author is an agriculturist by profession and runs an agriculture company by the name of GRJ AGRO(www, He has a family background in politics and agriculture. He tweets @salmanjunejo (

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  • Shagufta Paiman

    Can’t put it better. Such a terrible movie that looked really promising and a feast to watch! do not go and see this movie ppl Recommend

  • Minal Khan

    Flop film, wasted 2+ hours on this horrid piece of garbage, grrrrr a big NO highly not recommended.Recommend

  • Saleem Ayubi

    Shahid Kapoor try so hard but he can’t make this movie any better. Watched this movie over the weekend with my friends & they haven’t stopped telling me how terrible it was.Recommend

  • Zerah Khanji

    Such major letdown. This movie not only sucks it is just plain stupid to begin with. Would somebody pls reimburse me after watching this movie….Recommend

  • Hasan

    Good lord! It was a mistake that can never be forgotten to buy tickets for this movie. We had to walk out after the Interval because we couldn’t take it anymore.Recommend

  • Zeenat Khanzada

    Where did all the hype that surrounded this movie went? Seems as if it fizzled away in thin air after initial screenings. Flop of the year in my humble opinion! Recommend

  • Kaneez Fatima

    Good review and grateful that after reading this particular review i changed my plan to not watching the movie. It saved me my time and moneyRecommend

  • Laraib Haleem

    Big budget flop of the year Recommend

  • Atika Jalbani

    Those who endured this sorry piece of film. They should be appreciated and must take a lesson in exercising patience from them hahah……Recommend

  • Malaika Rajab

    Songs are good otherwise it is an unbearable ordeal to have to sit and watch this movie.Recommend

  • Salwa Binte Hajrah

    We should be proud that instead we don’t make these kind of flop movies that are high on glitz and glamor but low on story and common sense. Even our drakas can stand high compared to their garbage such as ShaandaarRecommend

  • Eraj hakeem

    A third class film with a third class cast. Tribune shouldn’t even have reviewed it.Recommend

  • Jasmeen Vohra

    Why Express Tribune a “Pakistani” news outlet reviews an “Indian” movie all the time, I have never seen an Indian newspaper outlet do the same. It’s high time they should follow this.Recommend

  • Komal ehsan

    Bore movie period !!! Waste of time and money and you’ll regret it ! Stay far away from this fiascoRecommend

  • Sonia Kizalbash

    Shahid Kapoore tries so hard but even his acting chops and talent couldn’t save this disaster and casting should’ve done better. Alia Bhatt you should remain a model or a tv commercial actress . You don’t fit in a big cinema format screen.Recommend

  • Alishba Chinoy

    Alia Bhatt is cute but she needs to act to not to wear out her stay in BollywoodRecommend

  • talha usmani

    Well Pakistanis have very huge hearts as compared to Indians.Recommend

  • Zainab Lalarukh Shah

    Shaandaar flop ! And excruciating to watchRecommend

  • ali shahealam

    good review !! keep it up tribuneRecommend

  • Zarlasht Qayyum

    Such a big let down. Shahid Kapoor shouldn’t have done this garbage of a movie.Recommend