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Shakun Batra‘s ‘KAPOOR & SONS‘ is a fabulous family drama that Bollywood had presented in the recent time! The story revolves around a dysfunctional family with 5 central characters Dadu, his son Harsh Kapoor and daughter-in-law Sunita , his grandsons Rahul and Arjun (Fawad Khan & Sidharth Malhotra); we have another significant character out of this family – Tia, a friend of Rahul and Arjun. The film deals with the odds and differences between these individuals in a family.
We have seen such stories often in Bollywood and South Indian films, but what makes this film so refreshing is its exciting screenplay, the immaculate writing and the superb characterizations! The conflicts between the characters are not filmy (like what we see in Karan Johar’s 1990 hit movies) or staged; every character has a reason to hate each other, which has been written and filmed so meticulously. This is what makes this film superlative among the other routine dramas, representing every other unhappy family that we see.
The characters grow into us, over a point, we begin to feel as one among them. While the film progresses, a lot of questions & speculations arise – Did Rahul really take Arjun’s first novel? Who does Tia loves actually, Arjun or Rahul? What is the problem between Harsh and his wife? The audience’s quench of seeking answers for these questions, keeps them captivated till the end. The film has a lot of intense scenes and every other conversation or action by a character is so subjective to the script helping it progress ahead. The dinner conversation in the initial scenes, the dispute in the house the next day, the spoiled birthday party, the day of the longing desire of ‘happy family photo‘ – such emotional scenes in crucial points works perfectly. In particular, the scene where all the lies are broken and the secrets that everyone hold are revealed is brilliantly written.
Apart from the highly emotional content, the ‘Kapoor & Sons’ has its share of excellent humour; the film has everything to make it an ultimate family entertainer – romance, emotion, humour and bromance that is beautifully woven in. Dadu‘s jokes and his scenes with Rahul and Arjun are the most entertaining portions of this film. We could not help laughing in a scene where a plumber is working amidst the Kapoor’s family fight. This scene gets serious suddenly, with no abrupt or alienic feel (such as how it happens in our life). The same with the birthday party scene; there isn’t anything that looks staged or forced. The dialogues / conversations are so impressively written suiting the character’s mind-state (say the dialogue ‘Our family does not behave like this usually… Sorry, we do not behave like this in public‘) The heart-warming moments towards the end are a delight to watch. The only niggling issue with this film is its Cunnoor backdrop, which looked so odd (these many North Indians in a hill-station in Tamilnadu)!
The ensemble casting is the biggest plus point of this dramedy entertainer. With such strong characters, every actor has got their thriving moments. Rajat Kapoor and Ratna Pathak are the show-stealers, living as an unhappy couple; both of them have delivered a striking performance! Sidharth Malhotra and Fawad Khan as the estranged siblings are at their best, outshining each others in alternate scenes competently. Alia Bhatt comes in a meaty role and does a convincing job. Except for the distracting prosthetics, Rishi Kapoor makes his role very special and memorable. Cinematography by Jeffery Bierman and Music by Amaal Mallik, Badshah, Arko, Tanishk Bagchi, Benny Dayal and Nucleya were extraordinary.
On the whole, ‘Kapoor & Sons’ is a lovable entertainer that you cannot afford to miss. I am gonna watch this movie one more time in the theaters definitely. 🙂
Verdict: An endearing dramedy movie that is fantastic in all aspects! Easily, the best Bollywood film in 2016 so far.
Review by: Rahman
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