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Shaandaar review: Critics say Shaandaar is not so Shaandaar
Shaandaar is a romantic comedy film, directed by Vikas Bahl and produced by Fox star Studios, Karan Johar and Phantom films. The movie had many expectations as star directors and producers were associated with it. Based on the backdrop of a 'Shaandaar' wedding, it is a love triangle between (our protagonists) Alia and Jagjinder Joginder (Shahid) and Vipin (Alia'sfather).

The film which is supposedly a fairy tale as its name suggests, does not have any ingredient to make it so. You have no idea of in which direction the movie is heading, and the worst part is after watching for two long hours you can't even gauge which genre 'Shaandaar' falls into and by the end of it, you stop caring about it. 

Cast: Manoj Anand, Alia Bhatt, Shahid Kapoor, Sanah Kapur, Sanjay Kapoor, Sushma Seth

Director: Vikas Bahl

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Duration: 2h 24m

IMDb Rating: 5.5/10

The film that was promoted as India's first destination wedding film relies more on the youthful appeal of its lead actors than a tight screenplay.

Vipin Arora (Pankaj Kapur) and his family live obliged to Mummy Jee (Sushma Seth). She is a cunning and greedy lady and wants her grand-daughter Isha (Sanah Kapoor) to marry into a wealthy Sindhi family, headed by Harry Fandwani (Sanjay Kapoor).

Another part of the story has Alia (Alia Bhatt) who is the second daughter of Vipin and also a patient of insomnia and has not slept for the last 25 years and is waiting for a man who will put her to sleep. She then meets Jagjinder Joginder JJ (Shahid Kapoor) who is the wedding planner for her sister's marriage. And the catch here is that JJ is also an insomniac.

Both of them become friendly and take midnight swims, befriend frogs and bugs, go horse-riding, and dance to an array of songs. Vipin does not like JJ and is very possessive about her daughter. Alia loves her sister and father a lot but hates her mother and grand-maa. And later it is discovered that Alia is Vipin's illegitimate daughter.

Apart from some LOL jokes like abbreviations for pairi pauna (PP), father-of-the-bride (FTB), their is nothing more laughable in the movie. Some humor goes un-noticed and the rest goes undigested.

Though things happen at a good pace, the emphasis on presenting everything in a 'light' manner doesn't help Bahl's cause. The writers have tried to build-up a good climax, but the story is so predictable and the pressure to sound 'funny' is so much that they lose control.

Shahid and Alia, being talented actors , also make a lovely pair, but could have been used in a better way by the director. Pankaj Kapur, a brilliant actor, does his job pretty well but the story lacks efficient screenplay.

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