Punjabi Bipin (Pankaj Kapur) is marrying his daughter Isha (Sanah Kapoor) to Robin (Vikas Verma), the son of a showy Sindhi family as decreed by Bipin’s mother (Sushma Seth). The reason behind the matrimonial alliance is business benefit.
In comes the wedding planner Jagjinder Joginder (Shahid Kapoor) and falls for Bipin’s adopted daughter Alia (Alia Bhatt), who we later learn is Bipin’s illegitimate daughter. Both Joginder and Alia are insomniacs. With such a story, you need a watertight screenplay with great direction to pull the film through.
Unfortunately, the screenplay and direction fall terribly short. The film runs out of wit and is bereft of emotions, especially in the second half and wears down the audience. The film tries too hard to please. There are a few sparks but fizzle out too soon. The romance between Shahid and Aliya is bland and lack drama.
Performance wise, both the leading characters have done a good job. Shahid is a debonair leading man. Sanah Kapoor delivers. Supporting cast is strong. The scenes between Shahid and Pankaj sparkle. Visually, Shandaar is pretty and has great production value.
Parts of the film do not fit nicely together. The movie is predictable and does not leave an impact. Young teens may appreciate the film, but it is unlikely to appeal to mature audience.
Rating : 2/5
Starring: Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Pankaj Kapur, Vikas Verma
Director: Vikas Behl