Shehzada (2023) Review: Rohit Dhawan brings probably the worst Hindi version of Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo

Movie: Shehzada

Director: Rohit Dhawan

Shehzada Movie Cast:

Kartik Aaryan, Kriti Sanon, Ronit Roy, Manisha Koirala, Sachin Khedekar, Paresh Rawal, Ankur Rathee, Debattama Saha, Rajpal Yadav, Sunny Hinduja, Vin Rana

Release Date & Box Office Collection:

Shehzada was released in theatres on 17th February 2023 and has a box office collection of Rs 13 crores after 2 days of business in India.

Shehzada (2023) Review: Story & Performances

Valmiki Upadhyay (Paresh Rawal) works for the business tycoon Randeep Nanda (Ronit Roy). Both became parents at the same hospital and at the same time. But Randeep Nanda’s son was not responding for some time which made the nurse worried and she went to inform the doctor. On the way she met with Valmiki and after hearing the story from her Valmiki informed her to replace the baby.

So, Bantu (Kartik Aaryan) who is actually Randeep Nanda’s son is now known as Valmiki’s son, and Raj (Ankur Rathee) who is Valmiki’s son is now known as Randeep Nanda’s son.

The rest of the story is the same if you have watched Allu Arjun starrer blockbuster film Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo written & directed by Trivikram Srinivas.

The only reason you can consider watching Shehzada is Kartik Aaryan. He tried his best to portray the character of Bantu and fulfill the audience’s expectations. If you compare his character with Allu Arjun’s Bantu then certainly you won’t be happy. But forget Allu Arjun’s character and you will like the way he tried to present himself as an action hero.

Here are a few scenes I have mentioned where you will fail to find the basic logic and the performances were worse than anyone can imagine.

Bantu (Kartik Aaryan) came for the interview at the Legal Eagle office headed by Samara (Kriti Sanon) and as soon as he opens the door before he enters her cabin Samara informs him that he is rejected.

While talking to the paralyzed nurse Balmiki (Paresh Rawal) asked the nurse treating her whether she knows Hindi or not and she replied in Bengali that she doesn’t know and asked whether he wants her to do anything.

There is no backstory why Samara and her dad were suddenly invited by the Jindal family to talk about Samara and Raj’s wedding. And you will fail to understand when Bantu becomes Bunty.

The way in the climax, the villain was describing the event including the action scenes to Raj was terrible. There was no chemistry between Kartik Aaryan and Kriti Sanon. The basic logic was missing why Samara suddenly got impressed with Bantu and falls for him.

You may also start laughing at the way scenes like Bantu’s conversation with Inspector Satish Yadav (Rajpal Yadav) and Kriti Sanon’s expression after she came to know from her dad about visiting her would-be groom’s house were executed.

Looks like Rohit Dhawan started working on it keeping in mind that audiences have already watched Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo so he didn’t think much about the logic while changing the script and adding his elements. He tried to execute it in the worst possible way and succeeded. Just to avoid the frame-to-frame copy some changes were made in the script but they do not look convincing due to the poor execution.

Kriti Sanon as Samara Singh is forgetful. I quite like her performances in Bhediya & Mimi. Rajpal Yadav in a cameo as Inspector Satish Yadav failed to leave any impact.

Paresh Rawal, Manisha Koirala as Yashoda,  Ronit Roy, Sachin Khedekar as Aditya Jindal, Debattama Saha as Bantu's sister, & Ankur Rathee appeared on the screen and left without any impact with their respective performances.

The background score and the editing were pathetic apart from the terrible execution. Shehzada should be featured among the worst Bollywood movies of 2023.


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