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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Vikas Bahl
Produced by Anurag Kashyap
Vikramaditya Motwane
Karan Johar
Madhu Mantena
Written by Anvita Dutt Guptan
Story by Vikas Bahl
Chaitally Parmar
Starring Shahid Kapoor
Alia Bhatt
Music by Amit Trivedi
Cinematography Anil Mehta
Edited by Sanchari Das Mollick
Distributed by Fox Star Studios
Release date
  • 22 October 2015 (2015-10-22)
Running time
144 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 70 crores[1]
Box office est. 51 crores [2]

Shaandaar (English: Magnificent) is an Indian romantic comedy film, directed by Vikas Bahl and produced by Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane. It stars Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt in lead roles, with Pankaj Kapur and Sanjay Kapoor in supporting roles.[3] The Times of India described Shaandar as "India's first destination wedding film". Principal photography began in August 2014 in Leeds,[4] and the film released on 22 October 2015.[5]


Alia Arora is an orphan who is adopted by Bipin Arora (Pankaj Kapur) whose wife Geetu Arora (Niki Aneja Walia) and mother Kamla Arora (Sushma Seth) are extremely business minded and have no feeling except for money. Alia is hated by Geetu and Kamla but is loved by Bipin and his daughter Isha (Sanah Kapoor). Alia is also an insomniac who Bipin encourages to sleep by giving dreams drawn on paper but doesn't succeed.

The girls grow and while driving to the palatial wedding place for Isha, Bipin's car is hit by Jagjinder Joginder aka JJ (Shahid Kapoor) driving his motorcycle and abuses him comically, and is later revealed to be the event manager for Isha's marriage. The marriage is being arranged as a business merger between the Fundwanis led by Mr Fundwani (Sanjay Kapoor) and Aroras. The bride groom Robin Fundwani (Vikas Verma) is a fitness freak and is obsessed with his abs; he looks at Isha with contempt because she has a thick body. Through some magical and comical moments Alia and JJ (who is also an insomniac due to loss of his mother in riots) get attracted to each other and finding peace among each other end up sleeping and thus curing their insomnia. Kamla has a sneezing accident and dies. But the Aroras are desperate for the marriage as they are bankrupt and really need the money from the merger of the two families.

Robin on the other hand escalates the friction by verbally abusing Isha at many instances leading to Isha breaking her marriage off at the wedding dais and her speech inspires every one to believe in themselves and their real inner self. Frustrated Fundwani tries to physically force the marriage through and it is revealed that the Fundwanis are bankrupt too. Alia, Isha, JJ, Bipin and Robin escape from the scene and fly off to a happy ending.


Hagupreet Singh as Robin's friend and Karan Johar's love interest

Critical reception[edit]

Deepanjana Pal at Firstpost described the writing as sloppy, commenting that, "it's more a series of YouTube sketches than a proper story."[6] Indian Express felt that Kapoor's character Jagjinder Joginder was "badly-written", noting, "He can be such a natural charmer, but here the charm offensive is not allowed to stop, and finally just overtakes him."[7] Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV, felt that while there were "flashes of smart writing", that there was also "[a lack] of sustained narrative force, especially in the second half". Chatterjee described the interaction between Kapoor and Bhatt as "spontaneous chemistry", an opinion that was not shared by the Indian Express reviewer, who wrote, "Shahid and Alia look good together, but there's not very much else they manage between the two of them."[7]

Ibnlive described the movie as "The film is bizarre and wildly inconsistent".[8] India TV stated "There is nothing Shaandaar about this Shahid-Alia starrer".[9] TimesofIndia gave two stars to the film.[10]


Soundtrack album by Amit Trivedi
Released 24 September 2015 (2015-09-24)
Recorded 2015
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 32:06
Language Hindi
Label Zee Music Company
Singles from Shaandaar
  1. "Gulaabo"
    Released: 10 September 2015[11]
  2. "Shaam Shaandaar"
    Released: 16 September 2015[12]

The music and background score for the film is composed by Amit Trivedi[13] The first song titled, "Gulaabo" was released on 10 September 2015,[14] followed by "Shaam Shaandaar" which was released on 16 September 2015. The music rights for the film have been acquired by Zee Music Company. The full audio album was released on 24 September 2015.[15][16]

1."Gulaabo"Anvita DuttAmit TrivediVishal Dadlani, Anusha Mani04:24
2."Shaam Shaandaar"Amitabh BhattacharyaAmit TrivediAmit Trivedi03:57
3."Nazdeekiyaan"Amitabh Bhattacharya Nikhil Paul George, Neeti Mohan03:26
4."Senti Wali Mental"Amitabh Bhattacharya Arijit Singh, Neeti Mohan, Swanand Kirkire, Amit Trivedi09:02
5."Raitaa Phailgaya"Amitabh Bhattacharya Divya Kumar03:55
6."Neend Na Mujhko Aaye"P L Santoshi Siddharth Basrur, Saba Azad04:16
7."Eena Meena Deeka"NAMikey McClearyRachel Varghese03:06
Total length:32:06

Box office[edit]

The opening day collection was 131 million (US$2.0 million).[17] After taking a good opening the collections dropped but the overseas collection were good and first five-day collections were 500 million (US$7.5 million).[18] After 16 days in theatres, the worldwide collection was estimated as 597 million (US$8.9 million).[19] The movie was declared as failure after full run.[20][21][22] The success of Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2 was considered to add to the film's failure.[23]


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  17. ^ Mehta, Ankita (23 October 2015). "'Shaandaar' (Shandaar) opening day box office collection: Shahid Kapoor starrer beats Akshay Kumar's 'Gabbar Is Back', 'Baby'". International Business Times, India Edition. Retrieved 30 November 2015. 
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  20. ^ India (24 November 2015). "After 'Shaandaar' debacle, Vikas Bahl still raring to go". The Indian Express. Retrieved 30 November 2015. 
  21. ^ "In 'Shaandaar', the sense of humour did not work with people; only I found it funny, says director Vikas Bahl". CNN-IBN. 25 November 2015. Retrieved 30 November 2015. 
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