Genre: Family Drama
Director: Shakun Batra
Cast: Sidharth Malhotra, Fawad Khan, Rishi Kapoor, Rajat Kapoor, Ratna Pathak Shah, and Alia Bhatt
Written by: Ayesha Devitre Dhillon and Shakun Batra
Until now, I missed watching Suraj Barjatiya’s family creations—Hum Sath Sath Hain is yet my favourite!
All thanks to Shakun Batra for bringing to us Kapoor & Sons (Since 1921), a complete family drama worth watching, after these many years. The movie, which is a very-close-to-perfection family drama, reminds us that it is not only our family that is not actually perfect, but all FAMILIES ARE IMPERFECT.
A mother Sunita Kapoor (Ratna Pathak Shah) who fights with her husband like anything over the financial crunch and extra marital affairs, yet remembers to cook her family’s favourite meals; a father Harsh Kapoor (Rajat Kpaoor) who is all broken inside for not being financially stable and for cheating his wife; an elder brother Rahul Kapoor (Fawad Khan) who is a perfect son and takes on all the responsibilities happily—he backs his mother when she is cheated by her husband, becomes his father’s strength when he turns a bankrupt, pays his grandfather’s medical bills and buys him an electric wheelchair, and talks everything under the sun with his younger sibling; and a younger brother Arjun Kapoor (Sidharth Malhotra) who has grown up believing that he really was bought from the ‘tamatar wala’ and not is the real son of his parents, that his mother loves his elder brother the more.
And then, not to forget the charming, ninety something dadu Amarjeet Kapoor (Rishi Kapoor) who is the adhesive that keeps everyone bonded with his unconditional love for his big, great family. The dadu is the heart of the family, which has the four chambers (his son, daughter-in-law, and two grandsons). And to be honest, he is the one who keeps the audience entertained too! With his undying spirit to watch ‘bhajans’, blow ‘dhoopbatties’ and romancing Mandakini from ‘Ram Teri Ganga Maili’, absolute wit, utter confidence of being the Casanova of his society, and only two innocent wishes—visiting Hawai with steaming hot girls beside him and getting a family portrait clicked before he dies—he is the dadu that every youngster would love to have in a family.
The best of the Kapoor & Sons is the cast that includes aces like Rajat Kapoor and Ratna Pathak Shah. They render realistic performances and remind you of your own parents who could start to fight even in front of a plumber at home. Rishi Kapoor is a lovely, chubby, teddy-bear-like dadu who is both fun and vulnerable at the age of ninety. Fawad Khan steals the show with his intense eyes and Mona Lisa smiles, calm and composing manifestation. Sidharth Malhotra is yet again a brilliant son who mistakenly believes him to be a runner-up, a puzzled son who is yet finding his own soul through his unpublished writings and failed ventures. Alia Bhatt as Tia Malik is as usual the student of the year, bubbly, funny, and sweltering hot. I loved her off-the-cuff dressing in the movie and then, the gracious, intense chemistry between Alia Bhatt and Sidharth Malhotra is a treat for all the romantics.
Kapoor & Sons is the story of a family that loves and hate each other at the same time, under the same roof. It is a blissful family in which each member keeps his/her secrets intact and smiling only for the sake of not hurting each other. Although when the secrets unravel and disagreements lead to a tragedy, the family comes together to relive the moments that otherwise were forgotten.
Ayesha Devitre Dhillon and Shakun Batra flawlessly create a plot that has enough twists and turns to keep the audience glued to their seats and leave the hall with a lesson that is almost forgotten in these times. Shakun Batra successfully launches a fresh take on the old-fashioned familial relations that we often go through in life. Music by Badshah, Tanishk Bagchi, and Amaal Malik is refreshing. ‘Kar Gayi Chul’ (my cab mates and I listen to it thrice at least every evening J) is a wonderful party song with brilliant choreography and ‘Bolna’ is a melodious romantic song that you may prefer dedicating to your someone special.
Cinematography by Jeffery F. Bierman and editing by Shivkumar V. Panicker makes the movie a usual Dharma Productions’ product where the picturesque landscapes from Coonoor and beautiful cottages are captured from proper angles and scenes are amalgamated in harmonious sync (the latter reminds me of Karan Johar’s specialisation in blending different emotions without muffing up the actual plot—the scene sequences from Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham where Yashvardhan Raichand announces his wish for Rahul to marry Naina whereas Rahul declares his love for Anjali are still fresh in my memories and are the reasons I admire Karan Johar always).
The movie is definitely at least, a one-time watch for those who love their families and miss those families’ get together where children would play guitar/violin, dance, and prank and where elders would share memories from their honeymoons. Kapoor & Sons is the movie that reminds all of us that even if the families are imperfect, they are after all, families. It is a story that reminds us of the times celebrated together and sends across a message that we should never ever say spiteful things to those who we love but don’t show! It reminds us of the forgotten message—the moment that you are right now sharing with the person you love, could be your last and so, make it THE PERFECT MOMENT.
Kapoor & Sons (Since 1921) is a scrumptious milkshake of comedy, fractures, bonding, misunderstandings, tenderness, desire, passion, disappointments, tears, smiles, and any other emotion that you could think of. Go and watch it! You WILL enjoy the family!
PS: I am not talking of any flaws that the movie has in my movie review here, for they are rather unremarkable. You are going to enjoy the attractions of the movie the more, trust me!