Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt starrer Shaandaar hit the movie screens this Dusshera. Shahid and Alia’s fresh onscreen pairing paved way for much anticipation about the film. However, much to our disappointment, Shaandaar fails to meet our expectations. Given the previous record, a lot was expected from the Queen director Vikas Bahl. But Shaandaar fails to impress. Although the chemistry between Shalia is quirky and they look adorable together, the movie, as a whole, is surprisingly underwhelming.

The first half of the movie has some hilarious sequences between Sasha and Pankaj Kapur which will make you laugh like crazy, but sooner you realize the screenplay and storyline are cliched. Here’s how critics have slammed this Alia Bhatt and Shahid Kapoor starrer. ALSO READ: Shaandaar behind-the-scenes: Meet Shahid Kapoor as Jagjinder Joginder- the coolest wedding planner ever!

“Long sequences have been planned to showcase the relationship between characters, but they become tedious after a while. The first heart-to-heart conversation between Alia and Shahid appears forced.

Though things happen at a good pace, but the emphasis on presenting everything in a ‘light’ manner doesn’t help the cause Bahl wants to promote. In fact, the stand against fat-shaming is the highlight of the film, but the arguments around it are flawed.

Shaandaar tries very hard but it’s not funny. It has moments which will give a glimpse of Vikas Bahl’s talent. It has star power and that is its biggest draw. But not much is shining in Shaandaar.”

– Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times

“Take a blank canvas. Daub some ‘Orphan Annie’ paint on it. Add a little dash of ‘Cinderella’. Come closer home and borrow from that old durable ‘Hum Aapke Hain Kaun’, and the much more recent ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’. And gild the whole with glitter and gold. What ‘Shaandaar’ is trying to do is clear: reinvent beloved fairy tales with the help of winsome stars, but ends up being a blinding mix of everything with nothing of its own to boast of.”

– Shubhra Gupta, The Indian Express

Vikas Bahl’s hopefully titled new movie is about as tidy as a jigsaw put together by an attention-deficit child: some bits fit together while others don’t, and the whole thing has patches of colour and brightness but an overall messy appearance.

– Nandini Ramnath, Scroll.in