Shehzada Review & Ratings | Hit or Flop?

Shehzada Review: If a movie becomes a blockbuster in certain language, it will be later remade or dubbed into other languages. Hindi film industry has been facing some hard time from last few years and has been facing many disasters with straight films. They have depended more on the remakes of movies from other languages especially Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam.

Shehzada (2023)

“Ala Vaikuntapuramloo” is a blockbuster Telugu movie starring Allu Arjun in lead role. After the super success of this movie, makers have announced a remake of this movie with the title “Shehzada” with young actor Kartik Aaryan in the lead role. After many postponements, movie has finally released in theatres today. Let us get into the detailed review of this movie to know, if Kartik Aaryan is able to score another blockbuster with this remake.

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Bantu, a flamboyant young man is upraised in a middle class family, comes to the realisation that he is the biological son of a wealthy business magnate. After Bantu discovered who his real parents were, a chain of events unfolded that led him to his birth parents and allows him to resolve an issue that his real family had been through without their knowledge.

Cast & Crew

Shehzada movie stars Kartik Aaryan in the lead role, while Kriti Sanon is seen as a female lead opposite him. Movie cast also includes Manisha Koirala, Paresh Rawal, Ronit Roy, Sachin Khedekar, Sunny Hinduja, Rajpal Yadav, Ali Asgar, Ankur Rathee, Shalini Kapoor.

Shehzada movie story is originally written by Trivikram and directed by Rohit Dhawan. This movie is produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, S Radha Krishna, Kartik Aaryan and Aman Gill under T-Series, Geetha Arts, Haarika & Hassine creations, Brat films banners. Music of this movie is composed by Pritam and cinematography is handled by Sudeep Chatterjee, Sanjay F Gupta. Editing is taken care by Ritesh Soni.

Movie NameShehzada
DirectorRohit Dhawan
Music DirectorPritam
ProducerBhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, S Radha Krishna, Kartik Aaryan and Aman Gill
GenreAction, Comedy, Drama
CastKartik Aaryan, Kriti Sanon, Manisha Koirala, Paresh Rawal, Ronit Roy, Sachin Khedekar and others
Cinematography Sudeep Chatterjee, Sanjay F Gupta


If movie becomes a blockbuster in certain language, then the core content in the movie and scenes written should have some nativity that could connect with the audience of that particular language. Ala Vaikuntapuramlo is one such movie that has all the elements required to entertain the Telugu audience and so it became a blockbuster in the year it released.

Shehzada has failed to create the same magic as the original. Director Rohit Dhawan has made few changes and added some unwanted comedy scenes that made this movie unbearable in Hindi. Ankur Rathee’s character in Telugu is much better but has fewer dialogues. Rohit Dhawan made him a joker in this movie and we see many such non-sensical characters and scenes throughout the movie. As many people already know the plot, Hindi makers have killed the soul of the movie with unwanted scenes.

While it comes to acting performances, Kartik Aaryan looked energetic on screen, but he failed completely while it comes to emotional scenes. He also went over board in few scenes. Kriti Sanon is decent in her role. Manisha Koirala is okay with her performance and it is good to see her back again on screen after “Sanju.” Paresh Rawal is flawless as always. Ronit Roy, Sachin Khedekar and all other actors did their part as required for their characters.

Technically Shehzada movie looks good. Songs composed by Pritam are one of the major reliefs in this remake. But the songs from original are much better compared to this remake. Cinematography by Sudeep Chatterjee, Sanjay F Gupta is okay and we see all saturated colors in the movie, that could have been reduced in DI. Production values are high.

Director Rohit Dhawan has wasted the opportunity to present the blockbuster Telugu movie by adding many unwanted changes that made the movie loose its soul. Comedy scenes look very artificial on screen.

Overall, Shehzada meets the expectations to only some extent. You can watch this in theatres, if you still haven’t watched the original Telugu movie yet.

Plus Points:

  • Music
  • Few comedy scenes

Minus Points:

  • Unwanted newly added scenes
  • Over the top performances

Rating: 3/5

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Bhargav Reddy

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