Published On: Thu, Oct 22nd, 2015

Review : Shaandaar (Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt)

shandhar review

Release date : Oct 22, 2015 Rating :3.25/5

Director : Vikas Bahl

Producer : Anurag Kashyap, Karan Johar

Music Director : Amit Trivedi

Starring : Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt

Director Vikas Bahl is back this with a rom-com, titled Shaandaar. Staring a fresh new pair of Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, the movie has hit the theaters today. Let’s see whether this one too becomes a feature on Vikas’ cap?


The movie is the story of two insomniac people, Aliya (Alia Bhatt), who belongs to a rich business family and Jagjinder Joginder (Shahid Kapoor). The two meet at a destination wedding, where Aliya’s sister is getting married to a boy of another rich business family in Europe.

Jagjinder is a wedding planner. Amidst the much chaotic wedding, Aliya and Jagjinder’s love story blossoms at the darkest hour. The two fall for each other. However, it is Aliya’s father Bipin (Pankaj Kapur), who wants his daughter to get married to a boy of their status.

Will Aliya and Jagjinder be able to convince Bipin or will they sacrifice their love for the family, forms the rest of the story…

Plus Points:

It is always a refreshment to see some good Bollywood actors paired together for the first time and how their chemistry works for the audiences. While Shahid and Alia are good actors, however instead of their individual acting prowess, it is their chemistry that blows our mind.

They look adorable together and make up for a fresh and an interesting pair. Shahid is a visual treat for all the girls out there. He looks debonair. Alia look mesmerizing. Pankaj Kapur’s acting is absolutely amazing and so is Shahid and Pankaj’s chemistry.

Negative Points:

However, if you are only visiting the theaters to compare his previous super successful venture with this one, than you may be disappointed a bit.

It sure is hard to repeat history and Shaandaar lacks that touch. Also Alia’s much hyped bikini sequence is of no value to the flick.

Technical Aspects:

Vikas Bahl’s style of storytelling has already garnered huge praises with Queen and with Shaandaar too he is here to mesmerise you. Also, he is one director who puts in much thought in selecting each character of his film and Shaandaar offers some awesome array of characters. The songs of the movie have already topped the music charts and they are placed equally well in the plot.

Cinematography of the film is amazing, with the wedding parts and especially the night sequences. The locations are scenic and beautifully. Editing is good. The screenplay of the film is kept crisp and the director makes sure to keep the movie short and sufficient.

It is however in the second half that Vikas lacks a bit. The relation between Alia and Shahid hasn’t been explored much in the second half. The climax is however upto the mark. The dialogues are witty and fun.


On a whole, Shaandaar is a decent treat for all this Dusshera. Shahid and Aliya’s stunning chemistry makes up for most of the de-merits of the film. Watch this film for its entertainment and family fun. Rating : 3.25/5

Reviewed by Neha Prashar Gupta