Rating: 4/5 Stars (Four stars)
Star Cast: Alia Bhatt, Sidharth Malhotra, Fawad Khan, Rishi Kapoor, Ratna Pathak Shah, Rajat Kapoor
Director: Shakun Batra
2016 has been proving to the best year for Bollywood industry. We are getting what we have been waiting for all these years- a good story which is relatable. One of the relatable stories that released last Friday, March 18, 2016, was Dharma Productions’ ‘Kapoor And Sons’. I finally got a chance to watch it after a hectic week but it was worth the wait.
The film presents a story of a Kapoor family who we call is a bit ‘dysfunctional’. The film stars Rishi Kapoor as Daadu (Grandfather) who is the patriarch of the Kapoor clan. Then come second generation featuring Harsh Kapoor, son of the family and daughter-in-law, Sunita Kapoor (Played by Rajat Kapoor and Ratna Pathak Shah). The third generation includes the grandkids Arjun and Rahul who have been living abroad for a while. Things go sideways when Daadu suffers from a heart attack and the grandkids return to the country after 5 years.
Rahul played by Fawad Khan is a bestselling novelist in London whereas Arjun played by Sidharth Malhotra is a struggling writer who works as a bartender in New Jersey. After returning to Coonoor, all the buried secrets in the family come out as the story proceeds. Unlike past Dharma Movies, what I absolutely loved about the film and writing was the fact it was focused on every single member of Kapoor clan’s life.
Here we go! Rahul and Arjun share love-hate equation as one is successful and other is still struggling in his career. The story presents the couple Harsh and Sunita, who have a dull marriage, as the man has been cheating on his wife. The differences and fights start to appear more as the kids return to the city. Rahul starts to notice things but it taking his dad’s side until he gets to know the real reason behind his parents constant fights. The grandfather of the family is a joyous person, whose last wish is to get a family clicked before his last breath. Alia Bhatt aka Tia Malik makes her appearance at a house party. She is a real estate owner, who is bubbly and enjoys life but has suffered from the family loss at a young age. As the story unfolds, the brothers are compelled to confront the unresolved issues between them and the family.
Fawad Khan aka Rahul is a perfect son, who is a successful novelist in London. His character as the perfect one with a secret stands out. You see a soft spoken, calm composed man who just wants best for his family. He is a dormant volcano, keeping all his emotions to himself until his mother finds out the truth about his relationship. It is great to see Fawad playing a homosexual character in his second film itself with such an ease. Also, notice that the character isn’t stereotyped, unlike other Bollywood films. It shows the industry is growing with the way we want to portray the LGBTQ community.
Sidharth Malhotra plays the struggling writer, who gets reminded that he should be like his brother. Arjun’s equation with Rahul is distant but eventually they come close until things go sideways. The camaraderie between the two actors looks genuine and lovely. Sidharth has grown up as an actor and shows the vulnerable side through his acting. He proves that he more than just a pretty face.
Alia Bhatt‘s character Tia Malik is chirpy, happy and has amazing chemistry with both the leads. Her character has limited screen presence but is very good. The kiss between her and Fawad is build up so beautifully which no one finds odd. Her chemistry is Sidharth is perfect.
Rishi Kapoor aka Daadu needs no words to describe how brilliant he is. Playing a 90-year old man, he is still the most amazing person who brings life to his character.
You can miss the outstanding performance that Ratna Pathak Shah gives as Sunita Kapoor who plays the tired, jealous wife, who just wants to make something of her own by starting a business. You can see the pain in her eyes and feel it every time she is on screen.
Rajat Kapoor is brilliant as Harsh Kapoor, who finds love outside after love is lost in his marriage. He is impressive and I wished we could have seen more of him.
In all, Every character has a story to tell which is heart-warming, heart-breaking and beautifully shown on silver screen. Kudos to Shakun Batra for bringing a good story to life.