Bantu’s (Karthik Aryan) fortunes take a turn at his birth, when Valmiki Upadhyay switches his son with Bantu as soon as he is born. Bantu, the prince of the Jindal family, is living in a poor neighborhood of Delhi, while Raj, Valmiki’s son, grows up as the heir of the Jindal family. There is also a story behind why Valmiki plays this game. However, while looking for a job, Bantu meets Samara (Kriti Sanon), they meet a few times, and then fall in love. Here one day suddenly Bantu comes to know the truth of who he really is. Will he ever be able to forgive his fake father Valmiki? Under what circumstances does he meet his parents (Ronit Roy and Manisha Koirala)? Why does Valmiki keep Bantu away from his family? The story of the film revolves around these questions.
It would not be wrong to say that this entire film rests on the shoulders of Karthik Aryan. He is very good in his character. Be it comedy scenes or drama or action, Kartik has tried to give his best in every frame. That is the USP of the film. Kriti Sanon and Karthik’s romantic angle is interesting. But more work could have been done on Kriti’s character. Paresh Rawal is very good in his character, he succeeds in creating hatred in your heart. Sunny Hinduja, Ronit Roy and Sachin Khedekar have also done a good job. Whereas veteran actress like Manisha Koirala got only a handful of scenes in the film. Rajpal Yadav comes on screen for a few minutes, but leaves laughing.
Comedy, romance, family drama, action is everything in the screenplay of Shehzada, but fails to engage. In the first half of the film, where more focus was on romance, in the second half it has become a family film. The dialogues of the film are also quite average. At the same time, more work should have been done on the depth of the characters. Seeing the film, it can be said that the director has left the screenplay very loose in order to make a masala entertainer.
Technically the film is average. Especially Ritesh Soni’s editing is disappointing. You will be shocked to move from one scene of the film to another. At the same time, the production design, on which a significant budget of the film has gone, does not work in favor at all. Also, there is nothing new in the action choreography of the film. Action sequences in slow motion get boring somewhere now.
All the songs of the film are composed by Pritam and lyrics are penned by Kumar, Mayur Puri, Shlok Lal and IP Singh. However, the songs in this movie break the flow and spontaneity of the story. Character Dheela 2.0 is a remix of Salman Khan’s Ready song, rendered by Kartik in his own style.
Rating – 3 Star
Kartik Aaryan starrer Shehzada is a masala entertainer. Where there is a lot of drama, action, romance, songs.. but at the level of screenplay, there are some shortcomings in the film. The film fails to connect with us emotionally. If you are a fan of Karthik Aryan, then definitely watch the film once in the theatre. 3 stars for ‘Shehzada’ from Filmbeat.