While watching Shandaar,  you wonder if the likes of Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap and Vikas Bahl watch their own movies before bombarding them on the audience. There’s nothing Shandaar about this one. The movie is all over the place and all the punches fall flat and then sink some more.

Dialogue delivery by everyone is oddly timed and though the story is really good, the way it is treated shabbily and molested badly by the screenwriter and the director, makes this a headache to watch. It could have been so much better!


Shahid has established himself as an excellent actor with his recent Haider and so has Alia with Highway. And the likes of Pankaj Kapur and Sushma Seth need no introduction.  But their talents are wasted as Vikas Bahl seems to have lost his hold on the reins and actors seem lost and ignorant about how to act and react. I was really looking forward to this one but it has turned out to be a huge disappointment.  Sana Kapur has inherited her parents’ acting genes and may have a bright career ahead of her.


The animated sequences seem unnecessary and the purpose of the movie is torn between making it a fairytale on one hand and a sermon on not treating overweight people in an unfair manner. The director has so many loose ends to tie, like Pankaj Kapur’s past, Shahid Kapur’s past, Alia’s insomnia, their family’s money issues, Sanaa’s weight and he is so overworked with all this burden that he has no idea how to treat any of it in a better way.

This movie had potential but alas, wastes it and let’s the audience down. The music is good though and I raise my rating by one, just for that. You can give this one a miss.

My Rating: 2/5


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