Published On: Thu, Oct 29th, 2015

The film review of Shandar



Vikas Bahl’s optimistically aristocrat latest film is regarded as orderly as a jigsaw set jointly by an attention-deficit child: a few small pieces organized jointly whereas others don’t, and the entire thing has squared of color and vividness but, in general, untidy manifestation. The  filmmaker’s big hit from 2014, Queen, which was a prescribed coming-of-age story that covered its famous essentials – song and dance successions, funniness comedy, exclusive middle-class characters – with the sincerity and touching heft that is frequently established in indie productions.

The wedding-themed Shaandaar too endeavors to fasten a bond amid indie responsiveness and Bollywood pressures. Bahl and co-writer Chaitally Parmar display an impressive wedding cake and then continue to tizzy it all over the faces of their visitors. Shaandaar is believed to be a depraved, cunning, disrespectful and rebellious stoner slapstick that commemorates as well as propel up wedding movies, but akin to the characters who get inebriated on a mixture of real brownies and genuine mushrooms, it suffers from a literal-minded and often babyish behaviors.

The dialogue has the welcome quality of casual banter, and Bahl generates an inventiveness sense in numerous series, but he also creates ill-judged attempts at delightful pragmatism. The starting series, a crash animation sequence robust for a children’s cartoon network show, gives out a prior counsel sign that this imaginary tale doesn’t ever want to cultivate up.

The plot rotates around the wedding between a Punjabi bride and a Sindhi groom, which is being held in one of those English castles that almost certainly hosted graciousness in the past and now has to undergo the humiliation of allocating as yet another site for a Bollywood purpose wedding. The Arora clan’s matriarch (Sushma Seth) has a verdict that her fleshy granddaughter Isha (Sanah Kapoor) will tie the knot everlastingly bare-chested Robin (Vikas Verma), the graft of an orthodox bling-addicted Sindhi family. Not that the Aroras can be incorrect for elegant. The nuptial is, in fact, a business contract, and Isha’s put-upon father Bipin (Pankaj Kapoor) has no alternative but to go along with the bargain.

Bipin has one more daughter Alia (Alia Bhatt), an orphan he adopted a lot of years before, but who never established good turn with her grandmother or foster mother. Drop no tears for Alia, as she has been formed on air-headed and artificial characters played by Zooey Deschanel and Kirsten Dunst in Hollywood and is consequently carefree, Bohemian, and unable of articulating genuine sentiments.

Alia’s response to the fact regarding her parentage is telling. “This is so cool! I’m illegitimate. It’s better than being adopted!” she exults. Quite.

One big in-joke

The actual competition is amid Bipin and wedding manager Jagjinder (Shahid Kapoor), who has dropped for Alia, and the recurrent oral jousts between the real-life father and son insert glitter to otherwise shopworn material. U-rated glimmers of a wish towing amid Jagjinder and Alia, but while he grasp her skinny-dipping and they tie over their ordinary dilemma of sleeplessness, their romance is concerning as contentious as a vacant piece of paper.

The 146-minute flick takings in an erratic and clumsy fashion and merely a little sequences strike the point. Mainly the humor appears to be in the shape of one big personal joke that does not voyage beyond the limits of the set.

About the Author

Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.