Shaandaar, Zabardast, Zindabad. Wish I could have repeated this dialogue from MANJHI to describe this movie. This is neither Shaandaar nor zabardast. It's just fluff!
Ok. Picture this and you just might understand what this movie is all about: Once an empty truck half filled with bricks ran over a dead cat and almost killed it. Early in the morning in the middle of the night, two dead men got up to fight. They fought fist to fist; each of them removed a gun and shot each other!
If you don't believe me ask the blind man who saw it all!
That's what the story is all about. Complete mishmash, no common sense. To top it all, there's a wedding taking place in the United Kingdom by two families who are broke and are depending on the other to bail them out. My question to Vikas Bahl is this? Who is paying for this monstrous, obscenely expensive, lavish celebration? Ladkiwale or ladkewale?
Alia (Alia Bhatt) and Jagjinder Joginder (Shahid Kapur) meet on a deserted road. She is with her father, step-mother and step-sister. JJ is alone. Next we see JJ in their mansion looking after their various needs, as he happens to be the man in charge of the wedding. The old lady, bound to a wheel chair, has the hots for him, so do two girls who look alike. Later they are preggers! Whatever!!
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As though a plot with no meaning was not enough, Bahl ropes in Karan Johar for a five-minute cameo. However, Karan cannot be faulted for this mess, because by the time he forced his way onto the screen (I say forced because he is the co-producer, recently we had Madhur Bhandarkar forcing his way in CALENDAR GIRLS) the writing was already on the wall.
Alia Bhatt is a natural in the movie and the more I see of her, the more I am amazed by her spontaneous quality and natural beauty. Sanah Kapoor making her debut is quite a charmer with a confident performance. Shahid is lost and how. He should probably go find the microphone and cone speaker he used in HAIDER to announce for people to read his scripts before he signs on the dotted line.
Vikas Bahl: what happened? Was QUEEN a fluke? You have disappointed us big time.