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Kapoor & Sons Movie's Review

Kapoor & Sons (2016):

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Shakun Batra's thought-provoking family drama that tugs at heart . A story revolving around a dysfunctional family of two brothers who visit their parents and grandfather in Coonoor, and end up falling for the same woman. 

Story :

Kapoor & Sons is a 2016 Hindi drama film co-written and directed by Shakun Batra. Produced by Karan Johar under the banner of Dharma Productions, Kapoor & Sons stars an ensemble cast that includes the likes of Rishi Kapoor, Ratna Pathak, Rajat Kapoor, Sidharth Malhotra, Fawad Khan, and Alia Bhatt. The movie revolves around a dysfunctional upper class Punjabi family residing in the hill station town of Coonoor situated in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.

Two miffed brothers, a husband caught in an extramarital relationship, a furious wife and an old father who tries to keep the family united, Shakun Batra’s ‘Kapoor & Sons’ has very less of a story and thus appears to be a forced attempt of storytelling.

Rahul (Fawad Khan) and Arjun (Sidharth Malhotra) are two brothers; the first one is a published author while the second one is an aspiring one. Rahul has apparently stolen Arjun’s novel’s plot and opted for a short cut to fame. Meanwhile, they both meet Tia (Alia Bhatt) and become friends. While Arjun and Tia are slowly falling in love, a drunk Rahul and an equally drunk Tia accidentally kiss each other. This gets on Arjun’s nerves and he stops contacting her. Meanwhile, Rahul turns out to be a gay which is a great shock to the family. Their father (Rajat Kapoor) is caught in an extramarital relationship and soon after an ugly face off at home, dies in a car accident. Rishi Kapoor is the head of the family; an old jovial chilled out former army officer who wants to keep the family happy and together.

  • Our Rating: 7.5
  • IMDb Ratings: 8.7
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama | Romance
  • Cast:Rishi Kapoor, Sidharth Malhotra, Fawad Khan, Alia Bhatt
  • Supporting Cast: Rajat Kapoor , Ratna Pathak Shah
  • Directed by: Shakun Batra
  • Produced by: Hiroo Yash Johar, Karan Johar, Aourva Mehta
  • Country: India
  • Language: Hindi
  • Runtime: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Color: Color
  • Story: Ayesha Devitre, Shakun Batra
  • Background Score: Sameer Uddin
  • Choreography: Adil Shaikh
  • Music Director: Amaal Mallik, mm, Fazilpuria, Arko, Benny Dayal, Nucleya, Tanishk Bagchi
  • Lyrics: Badshah, Kumaar, Manoj Muntashir, Dr Devendra Kafir, Abhiruchi Chand
  • Costume Designer: Natascha Charak, Nikita Mohanty, Archana Walavalkar
  • Facebook Page: Link
  • Genres: Family, Relationships
  • Bollywood Bubble rating: 1/2

Detailed Ratings (out of 5):

  • Direction: 3.5
  • Story: 3.5
  • Lead Actors: 4.5
  • Character Artists: 4.5
  • Dialogues: 4
  • Screenplay: 4
  • Music Director: 3.5
  • Lyrics: 3.5

Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: A few fist fights between brothers
  • Language: Clean
  • Nudity & Sexual content: Sexual innuendoes. A lip-peck. Talk about cheating. Coming out.
  • Concept: That family is family after all.
  • General Look and Feel: Fresh, not bright. Light, not flippant.

About Movie :

The film literally revolves around a family and its problems; financial strains, complicated relationships, mindsets. Everything together makes it a complete emotional tantrum. There are layers of stories but none of them are interpreted in a neat and clean manner. 

A homosexual Fawad Khan’s story of living his entire life suppressing his own sexual identity could absolutely add to the dimensions of the film, but remains ignored. There’s no concrete message that the film wants to give away, and thus the development in the story is vague and almost unidentifiable. After a point, the emotional mess is unbearable.

A veteran actor like Rajat Kapoor gets very little to act. Fawad Khan is good, while Sidharth Malhotra and Alia Bhatt are just alright.However, the best part about the film is Rishi Kapoor. We have not seen such an intense, effective aged character in a Bollywood film for a long time. This man has brought a diverse character to life and how we loved it! He, in fact, is a saviour and we look up to him to measure the moments and their intensity; something that the rest of the film almost fails to build up.

about the songs, apart from ‘Kar Gayi Chull’ which is a nice peppy number and ‘Bol Na’ which decorates the romantic exchanges of Alia and Sidharth nicely, other tracks aren’t really going to stay in your mind.

Review :

"Emotional drama which draws laughs in equal measure!!!"

There’s a strong Karan Johar impression on Kapoor & Sons, but that is expected. After all, he is the producer of the film.
But what we didn’t expect was the finesse with which director Shakun Batra has narrated a predictable story. You may find Kapoor & Sons a rehash of some Dharma Productions’ films, but the treatment makes it an engaging 140-minute film.

Just a couple of hours more before arch rivals, India & Pakistan draw swords in Eden Gardens in the mother of all clashes. So before that high stakes match, I decided to check out "Kapoor & Sons" which coincidentally also focused on clashes but within the family.

star cast of kapoor & sons

Actually whichever reviews that I had written for Bollywood movies this year, it's all been enactment of real life events, so I was looking forward to check out some light-hearted mirth for quite some time & this one seemed to fit the bill. So was it able to satiate my expectations???

Kapoor & Sons teaches us to enjoy the little moments in life, for nothing lasts forever. It also reminds us of the importance of family in our lives—something which most of us seem to take for granted. Kapoor & Sons is essentially a film about human relationships and shows how severely our lives can get impacted if they ever turned sour. And, just like the Murphy's law, they do turn sour for the Kapoor family. Needless to say, the result is catastrophic.  Right from the very onset, the family members appear to be treading on a landmine. When the family unites for the first time in years, early on in the film, it doesn’t take us long to discern the underlying tension, waiting to be released.

Straight out of some Hollywood family drama Kapoor & Sons proves to be quite engaging at different levels thanks to the refreshing treatment of the subject at hand. Full credit to Batra and team for beautifully weaving a modern-day family drama! Among a motley of memorable performances, it is Fawad Khan of 'Khuda Kay Liye' fame who impresses the most with a touching multilayered portrayal of a flawed son who is looked upon by his family as a paragon of perfection. Sidharth Malhotra, to his credit, plays the part of the younger Kapoor sibling with reasonable conviction. Alia Bhatt is once again type casted. But the good thing is that she seems to have mastered the art of playing herself on the celluloid.

Nestled in the lush green scenic beauty of Connoor was the house of Amarjeet Kapoor (Rishi Kapoor) & his family. He was a nonagenarian who was always upto some tricks to garner the attention of his son and daughter in law. Eventually, he suffers a heart attack and expresses his desire to see his estranged grandsons. Rahul (Fawad Khan) was the elder & was the personification of the perfect son with a successful career as a best selling author based in London. On the other hand, Arjun (Sidharth Malhotra) was 

struggling to make a name for himself to match his brother as he felt his parents harboured a soft corner for Rahul. Even their parents relationship was in rough waters as Harsh (Rajat Kapoor) & Sunita (Ratna Pathak) frequently fought over their finances and fidelity issues. Will this disharmonious family ever be able to resolve their arguments before it tears them apart???

The biggest positive of the movie is the realistic take on family problems without ever going over the top & we do actually feel for the characters. All credit for that goes to Shakun Batra, who did give us a rather distinct rom com in the form of "Ek Main Aur Ek Tu" a couple of years back. Over here, in the company of Ayesha Dhillon, he has weaved a script which is both hilarious & emotional at the same time. The manner in which the climax unfolds with numerous relationship issues does make us sit up for sure. With regard to the technical aspects, music has been done by a host of people with my favourite tracks being "Bolna" & "Buddhu Sa Mann". As for the visuals by Jeffrey Bierman & editing by Shivkumar Panicker, both of them have done a decent job.

Talking about performances, it's kinda difficult to rate them coz I felt all of them have done a wonderful job. Ratna Pathak was fantastic as she shows vulnerability & haughtiness with ease while Rajat Kapoor as always rocked. Fawad Khan is the one who actually got the meatiest role which had numerous layers to it and he has done a fine job along with Siddharth. Rishi Kapoor's prosthetics might not be exactly top notch but he brings the roof down with his hilarious one liners while Alia Bhatt did justice to her spunky role. 

The performances of Ratna Pathak and Rajat Kapoor are so good that one would be remiss to not mention them. The sheer realism that the two thespians bring in is truly commendable. Rishi Kapoor is delightful to watch in the role of the 90-year-old Kapoor grandsire. 

Kapoor’s performance, loaded with tender and over-the-top moments in equal parts, adds a lot of spark to the film. His constant blabberings, nonchalant outlook towards life, and playfully lecherous demeanour accentuate the comic appeal of his prosthetic look. Every now and then, it succeeds in easing up the constantly brewing tension.

Overall, Kapoor & Sons is a touching family drama that celebrates life by embracing the spirit of togetherness. Kapoor & Sons harks back to movies like Dil Dhadakne Do and Piku. Kapoor & Sons is quite high on emotions and drama but there is hardly a superfluous moment. While the first half of the movie is a great fun to watch, the second half slightly pales in comparison but on a whole it makes for a memorable cinematic experience. There are moments in the second half when the movie does get hyper, but even those moments never really look forced, thanks to a taut screenplay and some very good acting on display. Kapoor & Sons offers cent percent entertainment but beyond that it also serves as a powerful lesson on the importance of relationships in our lives.

No dark secrets here, but the shock value is definitely there. You’ll love it for being spontaneous, precise, fast paced and well...lovable. A fantastic family drama after a long time.

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