Star Cast: Sidharth Malhotra, Fawad Khan, Alia Bhatt, Rishi Kapoor, Rajat Kapoor, Ratna Pathak Shah
Director: Shakun Batra
Positive Points: Shakun Batra has brilliantly directed the film capturing some mind blowing family moments. One can feel the modern era family bonding through this movie. Undoubtedly, it is a family movie full of charms.
Weak Points: The main weak point of Kapoor & Sons is its sense of humor as the writers fail to impress the audience with injecting proper amount of humor. Humor has been overdone in it otherwise it is emotionally burdened movie.
Arjun (Sidharth Malhotra) and Rahul (Fawad Khan) are two guys based in New Jersey and London respectively and they belong to a family consisting with Daadu (Rishi Kapoor) and their parents Harsh (Rajat Kapoor) and Sunita (Ratna Pathak Shah) who stay on Coonoor. Suddenly Daadu has got a heart attack that makes Arjun and Rahul to rush to their hometown. Although Harsh and Sunita are struggling to maintain the balance of the marriage, Daado is found to be a happy go lucky person. In the mean time, Arjun and Rahul have found certain problems when they start to live together.
Here comes the character of Tia (Alia Bhaat) who comes in contact with both of these brothers without each other’s knowing. She makes some tension again in their already stressed relations.
There are several ups and downs in the films and after the entire journey, is there any happy family frame expecting for Kapoor & Sons?
Well, to know that you need to watch the movie indeed.
After watching the trailer of the movie, many people had started to think Kapoor & Sons as the dysfunctional family drama following Dil Dhadakne Do type theme. Moreover, the audience was expecting to the same cliché where two brothers falling for the same girl. Thankfully, the director Shakun Batra and writer Ayesha Devitre have brought some refresh air with the movie focusing on dysfunctional family. But the characters have been sketched brilliantly. The script has been greatly harmonized with perfect flow of the movie, spot on dialogues, character nuances and above all connectivity of scenes.
From charming family get together party in the evening to the dining room fight, everywhere you can feel the liveliness in the characters of the film because of their realistic nature.
In fact, the director has portrayed the sibling rivalry under miscomprehended situations in the perfect way that is praiseworthy enough. Through the film, it has been showed how the Indian children have to take the pressure of being ‘perfect’ and how the younger children was casually labeled as ‘careless’ and ‘irresponsible’.
The main point of the story is to tell that the family is the closet bond for an individual; however, when the bond fails, it becomes a collective effect for all.
Daadu’s character has been incorporated some fun for the audience as Rishi Kapoor acted as weed-smoking, porn-watching hilarious Daadu. However, after certain points, he seems to be less mischief and more forcefully funny.
The character of Tia can be better portrayed and she becomes a stereotype character with ‘live in the moment’ type of girl.
However, in the second half of the film when all the characters realize that they need to clear up their mistake that was very pleasant moments.
Fawad Khan was just superb in the film with his stand out performance. In fact, many girls should watch the film just to see his charms and smiles. Well, girls, mind it that he can make you cry as well with his great performance!!!
Sidharth Malhotra in the role of a troubled younger brother acted averagely and sometimes he has failed to impress the audience.
Alia has acted well as she is acting as a bubbly type as well as emotional character. However, she looks stunning as Tia.
Rajat Kapoor and Ratna Pathak Shah deserve special mention for their perfect roles. Both of them look like a natural couple sharing actual husband-wife relationship.
Rishi Kapoor is lovablr enough with his prosthetic work.
Direction & Music:
Shakun Batra’s direction is brilliant and he has much improved his directorial skill from his last film Ekk Main Aur Ek Tu. Well, he has been rightly steeping into the footstep of Karan Johar’s them ‘It’s all about loving your family’.
The setting of the movie has been chosen brilliantly as well as portraying a town like Coonoor is great. In fact, you feel quite at home with the move with the natural looking living room and the kitchen.
However, there should be the right balance of drama and humor in two halves as for some people the second half appears to be too much emotional.
The music of the film is lively enough, as it has been used only in the relevant places.
If you prefer emotional family dramas and prefer to cherish some lively family moment, Kapoor & Sons is just your cup of tea. This is the film that makes you laugh, cry and them smile again.