kriti sanon, kartik aaryan, shehzada movie review

Film: Shehzada

Director: Rohit Dhawan

Star Cast: Kartik Aaryan, Kriti Sanon, Manisha Koirala, Paresh Rawal, Ronit Roy, Sachin Khedekar

Platform: Theatres

Bollywood Bubble ratings: 3.5/5 stars

Shehzada movie ratings

Shehzada Movie REVIEW: 

Kartik Aaryan starrer Shehzada is an official Hindi remake of Allu Arjun and Pooja Hegde starrer Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo. Even though Shehzada is a remake of the Telugu movie, comparing both movies would be incorrect. While Allu Arjun starrer has a different charm, Kartik too tries to bring some freshness to the movie which has all the potential to strike a chord with the audience. If you’ve enjoyed the Allu Arjun starrer, you’re bound to even like the Kartik Aaryan starrer.

Given the fact it is a remake, director Rohit Dhawan has taken many scenes frame by frame with minor alterations to the screenplay and the action sequences in a justifiable way. The one-word review for Shehzada would be entertaining. It is a full masala entertainer that Bollywood stands for. From elaborate dance sequences, gravity-defying action scenes, dream sequences to even cliche dialogues, Rohit ensures to treat the audience with a perfect Bollywood masala movie. I can see people even cheering and hooting at every punch that Kartik does in the movie.

The story is about two clerks Valmiki and Randeep who start their journey together. However, Randeep falls in love with the daughter of Jindal and gets married. Due to this, he gets wealthy whereas Valmiki stays poor. On one stormy night, both of them welcome the baby boys; however, Randeep’s son appears to be dead and with the help of a nurse, he exchanges his son with the stillborn. After the switch, Randeep’s son comes back to life and he starts crying. The nurse then insists to switch them back but Valmiki denies doing so thinking that his son will have a better life. However, an argument appears between the nurse and Valmiki that leads to a tussle, thus, pushing her accidentally off a ledge. The secret is buried inside Valmiki’s chest and never revealed that he snatched the silver spoon from the prince’s mouth to give it to his own son.

Shehzada comprises all the elements that a massy film demands. Yes, at one point, you will feel that some scenes and action are over the top but isn’t that what Bollywood is all about? Shehzada is a mass entertainer movie with seetimaar performance by Kartik Aaryan.


One of the drawbacks that I felt was the drama. It was a tad bit too much. Given the fact that it is a family entertainer, Shehzada seems a tad bit dramatic too which steals away all the fun. The other letdown was the gravity-defying action that seemed over the top.


Bantu is hated by his father Valmiki since he was a toddler. Samara, his boss shows him affection and love until he discovers that the Jindals are his parents. Bantu decides to seek Jindal’s love and protect them from the threats they face.

Star Performances: 

After watching Kartik Aaryan in Shehzada, I realised he is not an actor but he is a hero. He gives full massy hero vibes that will compel you to whistle at his every punch. He essays the role of Bantu who is smart, truthful, outspoken, daring and hard-working. Despite not knowing his true identity, Bantu has always given those Shehzada vibes even when he takes a simple walk. I liked how he maintained that throughout the movie. After Bhool Bhulaiayaa 2, Kartik once again gives a massy performance and excels in this full-commercial movie. Also, the fans of Kartik Aaryan, you just can’t stop drooling over his mischievous smile and charming looks.

Kriti Sanon who essays the role of a feisty lawyer Samara is barely there in the movie. She offers absolutely nothing to the script and only plays the love interest of Bantu. However, Kriti looks enchanting onscreen. From her stunning looks to flaunting her dancing skills, Kriti is a sight to behold; however, performance-wise, her talent seems a waste.

Manisha Koirala plays the role of Bantu’s mother and Jindal’s daughter in the movie. It feels nice and warm to see her back onscreen; however, in some parts, it feels like Manisha is overdoing it. Whereas Paresh Rawal is just phenomenal. Be it his comic timings or showcasing a little grey side of the character, Paresh does it with utmost ease. Ronit Roy also makes a powerful appearance with his limited screen time.


Overall, Kartik Aaryan starrer Shehzada must be enjoyed to the fullest instead of comparing it with the original one or trying to find sense. Rohit Dhawan brings a fully out-and-out entertaining movie that offers all the emotions from laughter to action to joy. Apart from that, Kartik Aaryan is the heart of the film and demands attention. As I have said before, Shehzada is a full masala entertainer.

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