A story revolving around a dysfunctional family of 2 brothers who visit their family and discover that their parents marriage is on the verge of collapse,the family is undergoing a financial crunch and much more as the drama unfolds.
Cast: Fawad Khan, Sidharth Malhotra, Alia Bhatt, Ratna Pathak, Rishi Kapoor, Rajat Kapoor
Director: Shakun Batra
Language: Hinglish (Hindi + English)
After reading & hearing some real good reviews about Kapoor & Sons I booked my tickets for this movie. I tried a new theater this time, Maxus Cinemas. The theater is good, though the seating capacity is lesser than the other multiplexes. The seats could have been better & the first few rows are almost in the screen. I wonder how those poor people watched the movie from there.
What I liked:
- Fawad Khan: He was the reason I had gone to watch this movie & I was not disappointed. I have firmly come to believe that there is nothing that this man cannot do! Drama, romance, comedy he does it all with flair. What next? Some action maybe 😉 He was magnificent in the movie, so subtle & so effective.
- Sidharth Malhotra: Now, I have disliked this man since SOTY but he seems to have improved a lot since then. He was less of a muscular pillar in the movie & did very well with all his scenes with Fawad.
- Rishi Kapoor was brilliant as the oldest member of the family. I read that his makeup was the costliest thing in this movie, and it shows. Throughout the movie Rishi Kapoor is talking about his death, how he wants to die, where he wants to be buried, when he wants to die. This made me think we surely get a scene where he dies & the family reunites for his funeral. What was heart rending was to see this old man have to attend his son’s funeral 😦 Though sad to see, it was a good touch on the director’s part.
What I did not like:
- The movie attempts to handle too many complex issues at the same time & hence fails to do justice to any of them. Homosexuality, adultery, jealousy, family issues & misunderstandings, insecurity…there are numerous issues with the Kapoors, each one worth an entire movie in itself. And then the director tries to make light of all this by inserting comedy to lighten the situations at many times.
- The first half was really boring.
- I am tired of stereotypes in Indian movies like Alia’s character was. The bubbly, effervescent girl who drinks & smokes with the hero while wearing the shorts shorter than her shirt & hitting bald men because she thinks its funny. Is that ALL being modern means?