Cast: Fawad Khan, Sidharth Malhotra, Alia Bhatt, Rishi Kapoor, Ratna Pathak, Rajat Kapoor
Direction: Shakun Batra
Before I start gushing about the lead cast’s hotness on screen, specifically Fawad Khan’s, let me tell you that ‘Kapoor & Sons’ is story that will warm the cockles of your heart. Shakun Batra doesn’t miss a beat, as he skillfully narrates the story of this dysfunctional family that has it’s own share of eccentricities, fun and warmth.
Batra picks up the great Indian family and redefines it, giving it an almost incomprehensible twist and yet, every element seems familiar. Indian families have their own quirks – the sacrificial mothers, the obedient elder sons, the traditional grandparents – the roles are defined. Well, may be not.
For those of us who are familiar with only the ‘Hum Saath Saath Hai’ families, this one is atypical. We don’t get to choose our family and sometimes the most fundamental relationships in our life are the most complicated ones.
Our director’s approach to each and every relationship is nuanced and subtle. It’s incredible how he juxtaposes dissent, anger and mistrust with love, faith and familiarity, all elements of long-term relationships. We are negotiating all the time, with ourselves, with our emotions and with the people we refuse to let go.
What makes this story and so many scenes memorable is the performance that the cast belts out. Rishi Kapoor, Rajat Kapoor, Ratna Pathak are the seasoned actors and their portrayals are commendable. The film’s leads – Fawad Khan, Sidharth Malhotra and Alia Bhatt not only look incredible, they are natural and convincing in their parts.
If I had to pick my favourite, it would most definitely be Fawad Khan – he is intense and vulnerable – conflicted and misunderstood, your heart goes out to him.
Not just the stars, every frame of this story looks aesthetic. Their quaint cottage in Coonoor looks like such a dreamy place – a house of warm memories and uncomfortable secrets.
Shakun Batra proves that there is no substitute for good writing – the story is compelling, the dialogues are well written and the casting is perfect. The music is refreshing and just blends in never disrupting the narrative.
Watch ‘Kapoor & Sons’, it will make you laugh and cry and will leave you with a smile.