Exclusive Movie Review: Kartik Aaryan Starrer Shehzada Is Half Baked Over The Top Film Despite Fabulous Presence Of Kriti Sanon

Kartik Aaryan and Kriti Sanon starrer ‘Shehzada’ released today all over. Film also has Paresh Rawal, Ronit Roy, Manisha Koirala, Sachin Khedekar, Ankur Rathee, Rajpal Yadav, Sunny Hinduja, Ali Asgar. Film is produced by T Series and is official remake of Allu Arjun starrer massive hit ‘Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo’. It’s run time is 145 minutes.


Strangely last December’s massive disaster ‘Cirkus’ also had theme of ‘exchange of children’. That Ranveer Singh starrer Rohit Shetty film tanked badly with patent i reviews all over. Now ‘Shehzada’ has same moot point and this is no less of a torture.

After ‘baby exchange’ sequence, we are introduced to the ‘Bachaa Badlu’ Valmiki (Paresh Rawal) who has exchanged his kid with his multi-millionaire Employer Jindalls’ (Ronit Roy) stating the reason that if not him then his child will lead a luxurious lifestyle.

Bantu’s (Kartik Aaryan) fate is served on a silver spoon to Raj (Ankur Rathee) and one fine day the cat gets out of the bag serving the to-be-followed chaos. Will the ‘middle class’ Bantu go down to the Jindall house and ask for his rights? Or will he go on to be a part of Jindall Pariwar? If you don’t know the answer then probably you are living under the rock for 40 years!


Kartik Aaryan struck gold with massive success of ‘Bhool Bhullaiya 2’ last year and then he was all over behaving like the next big thing on the block. This film not only humbles him big time but also present the same fact: when Kartik doesn’t play his usual goofy young boy character and tries to be typical dashing hero, he fails big time. He is no Allu Arjun, he is ‘Pyar Ka Punchnama’ guy who behaves silly and makes people smile. He is not larger than life hero, sooner he knows better for Bollywood!

Kriti Sanon is one breath of fresh air in this boring film. She looks good and she acts as typical Bollywood diva.She deserves better commercial films to elevate to next level. This is her back to back second good outing after ‘Bhediya’ and sadly both the times, content let her down.

Paresh Rawal is routine though good, Manisha Koirala is decent and so is Sunny Hinduja. Rajyapal Yadav is brilliant.


Film has poor music album which hurt the film most. Not one song works in the cinema hall and it’s probably worst album of Pritam in recent times. Even recreation of Salman’s ‘character dheela’ is no match to title track of ‘Bhool Bhulliaya 2’.

Trivikram Srinivas’ story remains to be as cliche as it was in the original which was solely saved by the charm of the stylish Allu Arjun and blockbuster music. Rohit Dhawan copy paste the story.

Cinematography by Sudeep Chatterjee along with Sanjay F. Gupta unfortunately to copy-paste even the shots from the original. Action sequences to costume are copied and it starts looking like a mockery of film in second half. Background score is intolerable and so is editing which is inconsistent to say the least.

As a director, Rohit Dhawan proves once again that he is not a director as this time he can not even make a highly successful remake.


This will be colossal disaster as no marketing, gimmick and manipulation will work for this film. With buy one get one free scheme today and Maha Shivratri holiday tomorrow, film might collect some decent number over weekend but the writing will be on the wall from Monday. Lifetime of under 65-70 cr nett is almost guaranteed if not under 50 cr nett.


Critics Rating: 1.5/5

Box Office Rating: 2/5

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