Film Review Shehzada
Rohit Dhawan’s direction is fuelled by bombast. He creates a world that his father the irrepressible David Dhawan repeatedly created in the past where characters lurk in the bushes and show themselves for a few languorous laughs in a palatial setting with a staircase in the middle that seems to move upwards to nowhere.Talented comics Rajpal Yadav and Ali Asgar do their sketchy skits and vamoose.
From the first frame to last , Kartik Aaryan has himself a blast. He makes sure we forget the original as he launches into a celebration of pure tomfoolery.
How can we forget to say something about…there is Kriti Sanon too. And the best comment on her presence in this pickled plot comes from Kartik: “Kabhi neeche bhi toh kapde pehan liya karo.”
He must run the show as a one-man show while maintaining its integrity. He looks good in the conductor of an orchestra avatar. He is powerful in dramatic and comedic scenes alike. Bombast serves as Rohit Dhawan's direction fuel. In a palatial backdrop with a staircase in the middle that appears to rise upward to nowhere, he builds a world similar to those his father, the indomitable David Dhawan, has frequently built in the past. Characters lurk in the bushes and emerge for a few languid laughs. Comics rajpal yadav and ali asgar perform their rudimentary sketches before leaving.
The original Telugu film Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo was very 1980s in theme. Writer-director Rohit Dhawan retains the flavour and energy of the original allowing Kartik Aaryan plenty of room to improvise. Kartik elbows out nearly all the characters. Except for Paresh Rawal who plays the scummiest father on this earth, and not the least embarrassed about it, the rest of the characters are a blur in Kartik’s showmanship.
Paresh Rawal and Ankur Rathee stand out from the large supporting cast for their vehemently antagonistic roles that are done with remarkable passion. watch out for Raathee, who portrays Kartik's opposite karma. Kartik, on the other hand, distributes his unabashed charisma over the frames. The movie provides an effective platform for his on-screen presence, whether he's playing the brother, son, shy lover-boy, or holy dost.
Kriti Sanon, in the limited scope that she gets, looks rich and glamourous and of course smokes a ‘bidi’ too.
Paresh Rawal as always steals the scene with his speech and acting prowess, however, he appears slightly uncomfortable repeating the characteristics of the original. We would have loved to see Rawal bringing his own style and enhancing the character.
Karthik Aryan aka Bantu's fate turned upside down the day he came into this world. While he was born as a Shehzada, he was brought up in a very simple house and his right of being a Shehzada was given to someone else. This was all a game played by Bantu's fake father Valmiki (Paresh Rawal). What does Bantu do when he learns that his real family is the Jindal family? Under what circumstances does he meet his parents (Ronit Roy and Manisha Koirala)? Why does Valmiki keep Bantu away from his family? This makes the crux of the Bollywood movie Shehzada.
Movie: ShehzadaDirector: Rohit DhawanCast: Kartik Aaryan, Kriti Sanon, Paresh Rawal, Manisha Koirala, Ronit Roy, Sachin Khedekar, Debattama Saha, Ankur Rathee, Sunny Hinduja, Vin Rana, Rajpal YadavDuration: 145 Mins