wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do (?)
As cynical as it is, I am always wary when almost all scenes covered in a trailer bring a smile. I worry that everything good in the movie has been captured in those two minutes and the movie will have little else to offer.
However, there is some hope with Vikas Bahl holding the reins and Alia Bhat in the lead. Together, they seem to successfully make me overlook the tackiness of some of the scenes. But, tackiness there is. Sanjay Kapoor and Co come across as loud and the angle Sushma Seth's character brings seems to make it cliché.
It is easy to go in with a balanced mind for this one – enough on either side of the scale.
Bollyspice - "2/5"
Bollywood Hungama – "2.5/5"
glamsham - "4/5"
koimoi - "3/5"
Milliblog - "Heady, fun soundtrack by Amit, almost like a, ‘Here, take this!’ to those who didn’t like Bombay Velvet."
Music Aloud - "8/10"
- meeta, a part of the audience
I repeat, “Shaandaar is the Anees Bazmee-fication of Dharma-ised version of the Phantom-isation of Vikas Bahl's Disney tale. Oh dear, how do I fit Barjatya in that sentence now?” Shaandaar looks like it has been directed by six teams. To start with Vikas Bahl wanted to make a simple Disney story adding his flair of light, lively comedy. Since the setting was a big fat Sindhian wedding, it had to be the Barjatya way or the highway. The producers Phantom and Dharma brought in quirk and cheesiness respectively. How and why Anees Bazmee entered the equation has only one explanation. Their target audience was 100% of the film-watching population.
And just in case you are wondering – no, it doesn't work.
What does work is the lead performances – Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and Pankaj Kapoor and the songs' lyrics. It has been a long, long while since lyrics have caught my attention and kept it there. I shall buy the music for the lyrics. A shame though that the music doesn't live up to the craziness that the Vikas Bahl-Amit Trivedi duo had done an awesome job the last time they got together. So be it.
Alia Bhatt bring her casual coolness to screen that is charming and you completely relate with Shahid Kapoor when he can't take his eyes off her. Shahid Kapoor himself with a very cursorily written character does a composed knight in shining armour with small weaknesses of his own. Pankaj Kapoor has his own brand of restraint that he brings here too. Some scenes with the real-life father-son duo were delightful indeed. Similarly, Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt are great on screen together and could have had chemistry, had the writing allowed for it.
While the trailer portrays the film quite literally as a fairy-tale romance, and the film leads you on with animated frogs, clouds, in the beginning. But, it soon becomes something else. Men wanting breaking free from their mother's tyranny. Women wanting to break free from the label, “obese”. Shaandaar also tries to trot about like a woman-empowering Queen, but doesn't manage to do that without her male leads.
Undoubtedly, it is a mish-mash of ideologies, of film-making aesthetics. I cannot shake off the big question mark – why? Why would a perfectly sane director go about doing this? You can't even call this experimentation because individually every thing that the film does has been done before. Maybe, true to the film's theme – it was not a film, it was a business deal.
These individual experiments too are stretched out not only beyond the point that they are novel/funny/engaging but also beyond their tolerable time limit. All stretching to a stretched out climax that is truly difficult to sit through given the director and cast. Maybe this film could've worked if it was an hour shorter, but we'll have to see it to know it.
The outtakes in the end credit show that there was much more that didn't make it to the final cut. Looks like the crew had loads of fun. Thank you for keeping us out of it.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV : ...It brings together two different worlds and succeeds in striking a balance between the two. For that, and for much else, Shaandaar deserves hearty ovation. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Pallavi Patra, Zee News : ...Music by Amit Trivedi is fantastic. Some songs are really good. Screenplay is dotted with a bit of animation and some 'butterfly' moments to give it a fairytale touch. ... full review
So-So, by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express : ...The film is rhythmless and somewhat dull, and you keep wondering why it all sounds like so much fun and yet there’s so little to enjoy. ... full review
So-So, Bollywood Hungama : ...On the whole, SHAANDAAR is a feel good movie that will make you leave the cinema hall with a smile on your face, despite its flaws. It will mainly appeal to the youth who seem to be the target audience for the film. ... full review
So-So, by Aneela Zeb Babar, Desi Martini : ...Shandaar is that second serving of chocolate mousse tonight. Totally unnecessary but Khair hai but tis the festive season, its OK to binge on something so sweet and fluffy it will set your teeth in edge. If KHOOBSURAT last year was the Big Pink Fairytale For Grownups; SHANDAAR just super sized it. If Queen was the small, unassuming eye of that Other India in Europe, SHANDAAR is all of Chopra and Disney on steroid. And in between are moments that just make you muse on youth... the effervescent Aaliya on parentage, later a oh well "danga" riots happen. It will take me a while to get off this sugar rush. ... full review
So-So, by Josh, fullhyd.com : ...Perhaps these styles of filmmaking shouldn't be merged together. They don't blend. It'd be for the best of all niches of audience if they were left alone. Maybe a film titled Shaandaar might have actually lived up to its name then.Perhaps these styles of filmmaking shouldn't be merged together. They don't blend. It'd be for the best of all niches of audience if they were left alone. Maybe a film titled Shaandaar might have actually lived up to its name then. ... full review
So-So, koimoi : ...Vikas Bahl it seems wants to establish himself as a versatile director. His first two outings (Chillar Party and Queen) were totally different from each other, apart from being really brilliant films. Shaandaar is different from his other flicks alright, but it’s far from being brilliant. Bahl’s scenes are seen falling flat most of the time, and he isn’t even able to whip out something to keep us captivated during the boring parts. He however succeeds in bringing out the best from his actors. He and the ever so impressive Anil Mehta deserve credit for capturing some jaw dropping locations as well. The film would have received a lot of help if some of its songs and unneeded sequences were chopped off, especially the cheesy bits like the Karan Johar cameo and the long and winding scene in which everyone gets accidentally drugged. The animated bits are uninspired and yet another attempt by Bahl to capture the fairy tale vibe. ... full review
So-So, MoviezADDA : ...Overall, Shaandaar targets the teenyboppers and the fantasy dreamy lover boys who just can't get enough sleep. A perfect getaway movie post the tiresome Dandiya & Garba season. Eyes wide open or eyes wide shut, you decide. ... full review
So-So, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...As a cohesive whole, the film is a merry mess. Shaandaar, then, is a peculiar film - to be enjoyed for its beautiful moments, and to be endured for its bizarre ones. ... full review
So-So, by Rummana, yahoo! India : ...Despite the issues, you will love ‘Shaandaar’ because this is a fun film that keeps you entertained all along. There is nothing not to like – there is glitz, glamour, romance and a neat little message that makes you want to root for our lovely, fat little bride. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies : ...There was a smoothness to Queen that indicated great teamwork. Shaandaar, on the other hand, feels like patchwork. Take that scene in which a gay man comes out of the closet before his relatives. It leads to a sweetly amusing response from the family that is promptly followed by a moment of stereotyping in which he aims a gun at someone with the limpest wrist ever seen in Bollywood. It’s as though two separate mindsets were operating within that idea. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...But whatever may be the cause this is exactly why producers dream to get a solo release on a Festival holiday to remain in a pretty safe zone. Because in a long Festival Weekend even a grand-mess like SHAANDAAR gets house-full in the multiplexes promising a good initial. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Prateeksha Khot, Bolly Spice : ...It’s a pity that where it could have been a smart take on the weight bullying faced by today’s generation, Shaandaar ends up being neither here nor there.... full review
Thumbs down, by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah : ...The lead pair is spirited and the film will probably work as a date movie. If more was expected it’s because Queen was such a game changer for females in films. Shaandaar is just a piece of fluff. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Suparna Sharma, Deccan Chronicle : ...After Chillar Party (2011) and Queen (2014), Vikas Behl has made Shaandaar. It’s the sort of screenplay that should have made him vomit. It’s a septic tank full of stinking ideas Bollywood had used and excreted several times over. Watching the film is like wading through waist-deep muck littered with dead ideas, dud characters, rotting cliches. Cute Alia gets the full attention of the cinematographer and the audience, but seems listless and a bit out of it all. In any case, she has no character except that she can’t sleep till she sleeps. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Sumit Kumar, Desi Martini : ...Mid movie review... They say that you should keep your mind at home when you are going for a movie like this... True.. But what when you go back.. You will find even your brain laughing on you so hard that you went for a shit like this! You will then want to slap yourself to spend time and money.. This is what this Shaandaar trauma is capable of ! My mind is surely going to reject me nw ! I dnt knw how I am going to handle the second half ! This is nt even for kids ! Its just another level of retardness ! God I am loving these commercials ! Avoid the movie at all cost guyz ! ... full review
Thumbs down, by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare : ...Vikas Bahl should’ve done better with Shaandaar. The biggest mistake he makes is to not trust his actors. In scenes where he opts for animation, he should’ve just let Pankaj Kapur and Alia Bhatt do the magic. But he doesn’t. He chooses to rely on cheap frills. And no matter how much money you spend padding up gimmicks, they don’t work like the real thing. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Gayatri Gauri, FirstPost : ...Energetic shenanigans and some nice, comic lines make Shaandaar watchable fare only till the interval. The rest is entirely forgettable, unlike Bahl’s memorable Queen. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com : ...Alia Bhatt is a natural in the movie and the more I see of her, the more I am amazed by her spontaneous quality and natural beauty. Sanah Kapoor making her debut is quite a charmer with a confident performance. Shahid is lost and how. He should probably go find the microphone and cone speaker he used in HAIDER to announce for people to read his scripts before he signs on the dotted line. ... full review
Thumbs down, by rohit Vats, Hindustan Times : ...Amit Trivedi’s soulful music breaks monotony at times, but how much can you expect from songs? Shaandaar tries very hard but it’s not funny. It has moments which will give a glimpse of Vikas Bahl’s talent. It has star power and that is its biggest draw. But not much is shining in Shaandaar... full review
Thumbs down, by Rishibha Gupta, india today : ...If you want to go watch the movie, go only for the new kid on the block. The most promising Kapoor in the movie was Sanah Kapoor. The Gulaabo will literally steal your heart away with her dimpled smile and natural banter in the movie. The cherry on the cake is the sangeet qawalli song, where the body-shamed bride receives support from members of her family. We'd love to see what the girl will do next! It comes as a surprise that Bahl is the same movie maverick who gave us Queen. It's okay, if you shun Shaandaar! ... full review
Thumbs down, by Uday Bhatia, Live Mint : ...For 2 hours, Shaandaar strains to entertain, throwing everything from animation to skydiving at the audience. Then, with around 20 minutes to go, Bahl seems to let go of the reins and everything careens out of control. The film ends on such a vague and uninspiring note, it feels like the director himself gave up on it. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY : ...The story lacks imagination, the screenplay is shoddy and the dialogues unfunny. Some humour goes unlaughed at and rest goes undigested. For instance, there's a scene where it is hinted that a respected business magazine takes money to put people on their covers, and another one when a young lad sets his grandma on fire. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies : ...The music is quite nice (especially the title track, Gulaabo and Raaita Phail Gaya) and might be the only highlight of the film.The film does have its funny moments, but overall, the treatment of the story is such that it fails to touch your heart. Better luck next time, Mr. Bahl. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Jyothi Venkatesh, Star Blockbuster : ...Last Word: It is sad that Vikas Bahl, who had given us gems like Chillar Party and Queen has slipped with this one tale which is clichéd and full of idiosyncrasies, ending up leaving out storytelling basics, like conflict and drama and lulls you to sleep... full review
Thumbs down, by VISHAL MENON, The Hindu : ...the film struggles to tell any one story genuinely. Even the film’s moment of triumph, coming in the last 10 minutes, feels like Vikas Bahl reminding the world that he’s the pro-woman director who made Queen. We walk in to Shaandaar expecting to meet a beautiful girl who will captivate us with insightful conversation, but instead, we meet a dumb blonde who’s just too busy filing her nails.... full review
zico_gh0sh: Whats this hullabaloo abt #Shaandaar being really bad?Its quite fun in parts&a perfectly watchable,well-acted entertainer. Experimental even
YASHDABHI: People don't believe in this cheap critic they are mean for money go and watch #Shaandaar its really a #Shaandaar @shahidkapoor @aliaa08.
vineet_koul: #shandaar Huge fan of u n I watched shandaar movie Grt success,
truptiaware551: Watched the shaandaar movie for the 3 times!!!
thatobesewoman: I kind of enjoyed Shaandaar, I just feel like it was advertised wrong.
tejalterrific: Shaandaar was cute
SupraMario: Amazing how some critics didn't even bother to look up what Diljit Dosanjh looks like while writing their Shaandaar reviews.
SuperShanatic: Watchiing #Shaandaar Agaiin
stallrecovery: #Shandaar Whattan amazing Bollywood spectacle.
sherdelrey: #Shandaar was soooo good. Not your typical hindi movie. @shahidkapoor @aliaa08 ★★★★
ShazreenKhan: Shaandaar was goooood !
ShaliniSalunke: I dont care wht other r talking abt #Shaandaar I loved it, M here to love & support @shahidkapoor this matter the most. Rest dont exist 4 me
ShahiDKaDiwaNa: Make your weekend#Shaandaar *_* wid @shahidkapoor @aliaa08 Go & watch Shaandaar
sannif_hussain: Awww such a cute and fun movie! Ending was the best
SAD1YA_P: Watched #Shaandaar.Idk why I loved it so much.b'coz of @aliaa08 ? Or the movie was good?
ria_xoxo3: Just saw #Shaandaar !!! I absolutely LOVED the film!!
ray_aishee: Watched shaandaar yesterday....it was so shaandaar....loved every bit of the movie :)@aliaa08 @shahidkapoor :)
rashi_giria: Go and watch Shaandaar in your most nazdeek theatre and feel Nazdeekiyaan with them. ❤️
Raks_luv: #shaandaar is pure non vulgar movie that's why it's criticized by the people...that want adult comedy....come on india
rahat9773: Shaandaar is Super comedy n romantic movie
pariksha10: Beautiful palace in #Shandaar. Beautiful scenery. Beautiful jewellery, beautiful everything. In other words go watch it.
nalinnath: #shaandaar second time... Nd excitement nd fun was same.... @shahidkapoor yaal I love you more my jj you r just perfect like movie
kritired5: Some ppl r reacting as if #Shaandaar is over! But wts wrong with dese ppl der r 50% of ppl who love d movie too!
KevinKishore2: #shaandaar is a film of happiness, and I'm completely satisfied with it. @shahidkapoor I made me happy that's what care not the reviews.
kawsambi: feeling Shaandaar
jasontucker786: Shaandaar was amazing!! Great job!! @aliaa08 @shahidkapoor @karanjohar @DharmaMovies
Gorgeous_Geek01: This sunday #Shaandaar again.. Its too sweet to resist a second watch.. @aliaa08 @shahidkapoor @foxstarhindi
gauridwivedi09: #Shaandaar @shahidkapoor @aliaa08 terrific movie #shaandaar weekend
GabbiWamiqa: Saw #shaandaar last night ! Its a Must Watch film ! I've never seen a film like that before ! Soooooooo Different! Salute to the whole team!
FarhaloveShahid: Go n watch #Shaandaar now #ShaandaarSaturday @shahidkapoor u r d best
FancyFurret: Alright you all need to watch the Indian Bollywood movie Shaandaar.
dia110dia: Guys!!!!Go n watch #Shaandaar.Stop paying heed to those fake reviews...the film is really shaandaar...trust me..!! U will definitely like it
chanchal25: Enjoying...... — feeling Shaandaar
BakhtawarNafis: Shaandaar is a fun loving
ashmingill7: Just watched #Shandaar & i totally loved it! @shahidkapoor and @aliaa08 are so freaking adorable together!Their chemistry is on point!
11prakhar: Last nyt watched shandaar awesome acting by @aliaa08 and @shahidkapoor
sam9456: theek hai yaar itni buri bhi nahi hai #Shaandaar movie
JibbyD: If you can sit thru the first 35 horrible minutes of Shandaar, the rest is kind of ok.
_RahulB: Shandaar could well be this year's worst film. Shocked it's helmed by the man who gave us the tremendous Queen.
yusuf_quazi: Nthing shandaar about #Shandaar!
whatsuphimachal: #Shandaar the rubbish movie.. don't waste your money.
VasundharaKar: Being an insomniac gets embarrassing when you watch Shandaar.
sneha_t16: It is proved that two beautiful ppl can make an ugly couple #Shandaar #alia #shahidkapoor a bad piece of work
siddhimatr: Ok it's not that Shaandaar
shakiul_rana: #Shaandaar is about two insomniac, but actually it can put you asleep within 10 minutes. Had so much expectations on Vikas. Disappointed :(
sawan_1990: #Shaandaar @aliaa08 looks #hot in that bikini. @shahidkapoor rocked as always. But movie not watchable.
rmathew4tw: Cannot believe what a complete farce #Shaandaar is, when you consider that the same #VikasBahl directed #Queen. #Movies #India #KaranJohar
rjashwin: Having faced the 'Shandaar' torture, i think i am ready to face anything worst in my life.....
Ravikumar8055: Shandaar nahi Wahiyaat
PoorvaSh: Bakwas #Shandaar
pankutiwari5: Shaandaar movie dekh ke jinda bachna..apne aap pe proud moment hai.#disaster
palapalapanda: Shandaar was such a shit movie tbh. ....like wth ...so many random stuff happening
oadfg123: Watch Punchnama2 Again shaandaar to dub gyi re baba
NaveeNkas: Shandaar = Bekar.
m_nahdi: #shaandaar movie wasn't that good
MohorSarkar: Shaandaar is such a wahiyad film. Why on earth #PankajKapoor singed this film?Seriously raita phail gaya. #Shasha is back with ghatiya movie
mohitmourya6: #Shandaar I have waited for this movie from a long time and get this :(
mithileshchouh5: After Mr. X,Bombay Velvet Hamari Adhuri Kahaani Brothers, Shaandaar v flop
MedhaManglik: #shaandaar: first movie in my life to compel me to leave theatre.animation reminded me of another stupid movie Mai prem ki diwani hu.
Manthan_R: #Shaandaar , not worth a full tweet, left the movie halfway through
maneeshkarthik: Sheer waste of time..!! #Shaandaar 2/10
kunjan: #VikasBahl WHY #Shaandaar? You could have just spent your money on mushrooms n brownies.
kamaalrkhan: Thanks to Madhu Manteena n Anurag Kashyap & Co. For bringing first disaster #Shaandaar in the career of Alia Bhatt. Shahid Ko Toh Aadat Hai.
Im_AshiGupta: How can one.. say.. that don't watch shaandaar. . It's a waste of time.
imAChaurasia: "Shaandaar" jitni naam se Shaandaar hai Waise hi unti Ghatiya #Shaandaar hai.
iamrahul931: Shaandaar Movie Joins The Elite Group Of Humshakals, RGV Ki AAG, Love Story 2050, Himmatwaala.. :-D
Hetal8485Patel: Alia was bored giving Hits? So She decided to give a Shaandaar flop
gl0ryhunter: In recent times my predictions went totally wrong. #Puli #10Ek #Shandaar.. All flop. Worst of the worst.
farahnezam: I WANT MY MONEY, MY TIME AND MY DAMAGED BRAIN CELLS BACK! Wtf was #Shandaar? Possibly the worst movie to ever come out of #Bollywood!
emmmi_fan: Shandaar flop chutiyappaa movie
dice14821: #Shaandaar is more like #shandont #disappointed #sucked
Deepak_Mathur: And the worst movie of 2015 award goes to #Shaandaar #sardard #poormovie #sucks @kamaalrkhan
dayalpooja: #Shaandaar review: The film is disappointing, lethargically penned, badly acted and childishly narrated.
chandu3121987: OMG.. So stupid. like totally. #Shaandaar
bhuvvii: #Shaandaar is pathetic,boring,irritating.........a total headache...#ShaandaarFlops
BhushanBankar1: There was hardly anything #Shaandaar in the movie excepting the title
asin_bd: #Shaandaar - I slept twice! And then I stopped it..#FridayNight sleep is better than this faultu movie! @shahidkapoor @karanjohar #aliya
Ashishadfan: Watch Punchnama2 Again shaandaar h bakbaas
Ansari_Addy: There is a high alert. ...people are searching for the story writer of Shandaar so that they can beat him to death.....
AkriPasta: Shandaar has to be one of the most beautifully made shit movies in recent times. Perfect post doob movie though.
ajaydevgncg: Jhelo mat @karanjohar ki ghatiyaa #shaandaar Watch Punchnama2 Again @PKP2Official
ahadfooty: As expected, Shandaar was disappointing.
adreaniline_: Billi ka naam sher rakhne se wo sher nahi banjati.Waise hi movie ka title Shaandaar rakhne se movie Shaandaar nahi hojati.
abhyudaymj: #Shandaar se achha hai OP sharma ka Jadoo dekh aao
abhisharma23: Worst muvi @shahidkapoor didn't expected dis aftr masterpiece #haider Mastershit #shandaar #disappointed couldn't even make it to d interval
abhilash9870: #Shaandaar - a good writer/narrator fell for big banners. #BelowAverage
aashinakaul: wondering what was the director thinking before making #Shaandaar #Torture
AasheeAsks: Really disappointed with #Shaandaar !Expected a much better plot, acting was amazing! Everyone acted really well, music was brilliant too!
aartiyadav09: One of the worst films of recent times..#Shaandaar .. Zero story, over acting by all, except Pankaj Kapoor & Sanah Kapoor. Waste of money
1983Sayantani: #Shaandaar what a waste of money and talent!! Am sure the makers or the actors didn't even watch it #sad
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