Shehzada (2022) Review

February 17, 2023

The litmus test for stardom is masala movies.

The audience's capacity for suspension of disbelief determines a star's true appeal.

In the past, David Dhawan made a fortune by using Govinda, Anil Kapoor, and Salman Khan's mass appeal in blatantly ridiculous comedies.

The unique personal style of an actor and a God-given ability to read the pulse of the frontbencher are what made these predictable paisa vasools worthwhile.

Kartik Aaryan attempts to mimic Allu Arjun's entertaining antics in Shehzada, but not entirely.

The "Stylish Star," who may win over his fans but lacks self-awareness, is the source of all the swagger in every slow-motion flip, dance sequence, and punchline.

It's an official remake of the latter's Telugu superhit, Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo, and it's about babies who are switched at birth, one of whom becomes the scion of a wealthy family and the other the son of a common person.

Rohit Dhawan's "additional screenplay" credit is undeserved. Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo's highlights are almost entirely retained in Dhawan's adaptation, which only minor changes are made to the original. Shehzada faithfully recycles a tried-and-true formula, down to the name of the protagonist and the slow-motion action sequences, character arcs, and comedic moments.

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