Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Kapoor & Sons

Rishi Kapoor
Rajat Kapoor, Ratna Pathak
Fawad Afzal Khan, Sidharth Malhotra, Alia Bhatt
Shakun Batra
Jeffery F. Bierman
Shivkumar V. Panicker
Songs: Amaal Mallik, Badshah, Arko Pravo Mukherjee and Tanishk Bagchi
Background: Sameer Uddin
Dharma Productions
Release Date
March 18, 2016
2 Hours & 20 Minutes

My Thoughts
The movie begins at the dining of old Kapoor and his son. Aged dadu (Rishi Kapoor looking cute as a ninety years old) tis aking his food and his older son, Harsh (Rajat Kapoor) and daughter-in –law, Sunitha (Ratna Patak) are arguing over anything and everything. Soon, we relate to the drama, we relate to the words spoken and the movie strikes a chord with us. When the telephonic conversation between the brothers, Rahul (Fawad Khan) and Arjun (Sidharth Malhotra) breaks, we understand. When the grandfather says that he wants to be buried in the military ground and not be cremated; that he wants a family photo, we know that these may sound trivial for a bystander but are important for the old man!

Thus, Shakun Batra’s Kapoor & Sons is a reflection of our families, an ode of the imperfections in our families and a tribute to the way in which we embrace those imperfections and try to make it perfect. Kapoor sons and grandsons fight. They also think that they hate each other and cannot tolerate the mayhem anymore. Yet, they stand together. They compromise and smile. Kapoor & Sons wins!

The base story may sound simple and easy to explain, but there are so many twists and turns that it would never bore you. The dialogs are funny at times and emotional at times. The story takes place in Coonoor, but the beauty of the place is not captured by the cinematographer. In a couple of scenes, we get to hear Tamizh being spoken by local people. But the accent is terrible; lacks the local flavor. The background music never hinders the emotional flow of the film and the choreography/visuals of the songs are done well. Kar Gayi Chull would make you sway and Bolna would make you feel loved and Saathi Re would bring tears to eyes.

Rishi Kapoor as the cutie pie and cool grandfather is the show stealer. He is the glue which keeps the family bound together. With his actions, he proves that age is just a number. Adorable!

Rajat Kapoor and Ratna Pathak display bitterness. Their love-hate emotion is well-conveyed. They are not perfect parents or spouse. Yet, they try to be one. They win!

Fawad Khan as the perfect son and the intimidating older brother looks cute. He carries a secret; a lie. And the resulting discomfort is subtly hinted throughout. His anger, smile and tears look genuine. Show stealer!

Sidharth Malhotra as the confused and unhappy younger son who is fed up with the comparisons with his older brother displays dilemma. He loves his brother; yet hates him. He is unhappy; yet wants to make his parents happy. He is an adult; yet very childlike. Sweet!

Alia Bhatt as Tia Malik who comes across as a carefree young girl carries her heart in her sleeve. She is bubbly with a quirky sense of humor. Vibrant!

Contrary to Ek Main Aur Ek Tu, which mostly revolved around two people with a family in the background, Kapoor & Sons focuses on family and the inter-personal relationships - an assured tear-jerker.

Have fun with the Kapoor & Sons. They will not disappoint you!