Shehzada Movie Review: Kartik Aaryan & Kriti Sanon Remake Film – Shehzada, the Indian film industry’s latest release, has been in the limelight for its peculiar ‘baby exchanging’ scene. The movie’s story revolves around Bantu, played by Kartik Aaryan, who was switched at birth with Jindall’s child by his father, Valmiki, played by Paresh Rawal. Bantu’s fate leads him to Jindall’s house, where the cat eventually gets out of the bag, leading to chaos.
Trivikram Srinivas‘ story remains mediocre, just like in the original. The film starts with a Tik-Tok video and is sprinkled with songs that will trend on social media for as long as the audience’s attention span, making it similar to the original. Rohit Dhawan’s screenplay also retains the same style as Trivikram Srinivas‘ film. Unfortunately, it lacks the motif of the character worshiping himself throughout, which acts as an anchor for Allu’s Bantu to be far superior because of his charisma. Even the fight sequences have been built on somewhat the same action choreography, displaying the lack of team research and development.
Shehzada Movie Review
Star Cast: Kartik Aaryan, Paresh Rawal, Kriti Sanon, Ronit Roy, Manisha Koirala, Sachin Khedekar, Ankur Rathee, Rajpal Yadav, Sunny Hinduja, Ali Asgar
Director: Rohit Dhawan
What’s Good: Kartik Aaryan’s earnest attempt at filling the big shoes of Allu Arjun
What’s Bad: Makers’ lacking attempt at filling the mediocre shoes of Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo
Loo Break: During any song, any scene not involving Kartik Aaryan
Watch or Not?: Only if you haven’t seen the original and that too on OTT on a Sunday you want to waste while doing nothing
Available On: Theatrical release
Runtime: 145 Minutes
Shehzada Movie Review: Script Analysis
Kartik Aaryan’s performance in the movie is honest, as always, but the content he is serving is the problem. Kriti Sanon, on the other hand, contributes nothing to the story, relying entirely on her looks. Paresh Rawal does a decent job of portraying a ‘kamina baap,’ making you both adore and despise him at the same time. Ronit Roy’s performance, exploring different versions of the father in Bollywood, falls short of expectations. Watching Manisha Koirala back on the big screen is the only thing to ask from the makers, and everything else is a bonus.
Shehzada Movie Review: Star Performance
Sachin Khedekar, as the Nana, doesn’t have much to contribute, and Ankur Rathee, as the dumb Shehzada of the story, does well but is too dumb. Rajpal Yadav, Sunny Hinduja & Ali Asgar, in their special appearances, do nothing special.
Shehzada Movie Review: Direction, Music
The film’s music, composed by Pritam, weakens the entire feel of the story, as the original’s music was its strength. All in all, Shehzada misses the best parts of Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo (music and lead swag) and nails the worst parts (story and screenplay), making it a poor attempt at adapting a mediocre story.
In conclusion, the movie fails to add anything of value to differentiate it from the original. Rohit Dhawan’s Desi Boyz was a success, but Shehzada missed the mark, and we hope that filmmakers focus more on quality rather than quantity in the future. The movie receives a two-star rating.