Shehzada movie review: Kartik Aaryan shines in this action-packed family entertainer

Shehzada movie review: Kartik Aaryan shines in this action-packed family entertainer

Shehzada movie review: Kartik Aaryan shines in this action-packed family entertainer


What: Shehzada – The Pyaar Ka Punchnama phenomenon is punching with glee. So, are pyaar karne wale ‘dilwale’s are now the fearless ‘rakhwale’ of the country (Shah Rukh Khan in Pathaan) or protectors of sisters, brothers and pride of the family like Bantu aka Kartik Aaryan in his action avatar debut.

The remake of the 2020 Telugu super hit Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo by Rohit Dhawan is an entertaining family outing. Better if you have not seen the original.


Shehzada movie synopsis

The story revolves around Bantu (Kartik Aaryan), a young man from a middle-class background who, at the age of 25, comes across a life changing secret that involves his father Valmiki (Paresh Rawal). In between there is Samara (Kriti Sanon), and a millionaire family led by Jindal (Ronit Roy and Manisha Koirala).

And they all have a common connection.

What is the connection?


Shehzada movie review

Shehzada movie review

Rohit Dhawan's direction is free flowing, and targeted at the audience that matters – the gallery.

The experiment with Kartik as an action hero is good sign for his upcoming action films. One more adorable Bollywood lad Ayushmann Khurrana has started doing action. All lovers now want to be ‘mass’ hero it seems.

Arre bhaiya, phir that chocolate boy, the boy next door wale term ka kya hoga… kabhi socha..

Khair anyways, coming back to Shehzada – as far as Rohit Dhawan is concerned, there is improvement. Varun bhi fit hota par koi nahi.


Just as comparison of Rohit Dhawan with his legendary father David Dhawan won’t be proper. Comparison with the original Allu Arjun starrer Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo by Trivikram Srinivas with this Kartik Aaryan starrer also won’t be proper kyu ki Allu Arjun has a different swag all together. The makers and Kartik himself must be knowing.


Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo has that traditional rooted local folk feel (that bird) and that board room meeting sequence which gave it a sweeping edge.    


That is not here, Shehzada is more of a bambaiya remake rather than Hindi remake of Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo.


But still. The story of Trivikram Srinivas is so good and is filled with family values, its emotional to the core, with good dose of punches at times ensure that audience remain happy.

Although the climax is easily predictable, but the other good populist elements in this entertainer cover it all mostly.




Kartik Aaryan is the centre of attraction in the film. Kartik’s action sequences give a positive boost to the film. Kartik’s screen appearance is quite appealing, and the fight scenes and dialogues gel with his character, so he has fully justified his role. Other than that, the film has quite enough comic scenes that will make you laugh from time to time.


Gorgeous Kriti Sanon's latke-jhatke also enhances the beauty of the film. She has performed very well and impressed the audience with her charming looks. Her dance steps are quite appealing and strengthen the overall feel of the melody. 


Solid support comes from the supporting cast - Paresh Rawal, Ronit Roy, Rajpal Yadav, Sachin Khedekar, and Manisha Koirala, etc. all are competent.



Pritam's music captivates the audience. Songs such as "Munda Sona Hoon Main" and "Character Dheelaa 2.0" are quite impressive and cause the audience to sway.


Final words


Director Rohit Dhawan's Shehzada is action, emotion and entertainment all wrapped in one.

This time, Rohit has tried to explore an action hero in Kartik Aaryan. Although it’s a remake of a hit Telugu film, certain changes are made to match the flavour of a Hindi-speaking audience.

It’s a masala action family entertainer boss, dimag bahar rakho, jao aur maje karo.




Rating : 4/5

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