Cast: Kartik Aaryan, Paresh Rawal, Kriti Sanon, Ronit Roy, Manisha Koirala, Sachin Khedekar, Ankur Rathee and Sunny Hinduja
Director: Rohit Dhawan
Genre: Action-Comedy Drama
Rating: 2.5/5 Stars
After the success of Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 and Freddy, Kartik Aaryan is back with family entertainer titled Shehzada. The film is the Hindi remake of the 2020 Telugu film ‘Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo’. In that film, Allu Arjun, who played the role of a skilled middle-class man named Bantu, received the South Indian International Movie Awards for Best Supporting Actor. Kartik Aaryan has played the same role in this film.
Story: It’s about Bantu (Kartik Aaryan), the Shehzada of the rich and powerful Jindal family who gets swapped at birth with Raj (Ankur Rathee), the son of their employee Valmiki (Paresh Rawal). This was not a balidan, but rather Valmiki’s selfishness to see his son grow up in a life of full of luxury. But can you really take away the shine from a diamond? So, will Bantu be able to reunite with his real family and prove to be the asli Shehzada?
Performance: Kartik Aaryan has tried to copy Allu Arjun style and swag but fails to impress. Also, he has done an action film first time in his career and we think he has chosen the wrong script to enter the action avatar. Kirti Sanon looks beautiful, but her character isn’t very crucial to the story and hence, she doesn’t have much scope to perform. Apart from Parvesh Rawal, Ronit Roy and Manisha Koirala have done a decent job. Vinay Rana and Sunny Hinduja are okay as the villains.
Direction: Direction wise, Rohit Dhawan is not in form. He tried to copied director Trivikram Srinivas winning formula of Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo but falls flat on the face. The screenplay is absolutely goofed up and the dialogues lose their fizz over time.
Overall: Those who have watched Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo, stay away from this one & even those haven’t watched can stay away from this one.