Mar 18 2016

Kapoor and Sons- Movie Review


kapoorandsons posterYou know how some movies take you in emotionally and leave you speechless. Kapoor and Sons is just that kind of movie. Who would’ve thought!

Plot in short– Arjun, the younger brother (Sidharth Malhotra) works as a bartender and a struggling writer in New Jersey while Rahul (Fawad Khan), the older brother, successful writer and entrepreneur is happy in London. They’re forced to come back to their roots, in Coonoor when their 89 years old grandfather (Rishi Kapoor) suffers a heart attack. During their time together at home, they find out that their parents (Ratna Pathak and Rajat Kapoor) are going through a rough marriage and financially, their father is finding it difficult to cope with the times. They also meet Tia (Alia Bhatt) and develop fondness and friendships individually. The brothers too have their own issues which need to be sorted amongst themselves. How will this dysfunctional family who throws crockery at each other while fighting be able to be happy and together again?

The Good– There are very few movies that have a mix of everything, the kind we call ‘Masala movies’ in Bollywood. The perception one has for this label is that these movies have music, dance, romance, melodrama, action and comedy. Movies like DDDLJ, Hum Aapke Hain Koun, Dil to pagal hai, Dil, Om Shanti Om, Jab We Met, etc. are great examples. I could see myself feeling all the emotions that were meant to be felt while watching the film. Director Shakun Batra is fantastic! He knows how to draw your attention and not let it leave the screen. I swear I did not look at my phone except for in the interval to say how much I’m enjoying the film. The screenplay writing is so perfect that I wouldn’t change a thing. It’s written for the audience of today, an audience that will relate and accept and love. There are a lot of lovely colours and beautiful looking sets that make Coonoor look picture perfect. And lets also give some credit to the performances. The actors, all of them- Rishi Kapoor, Rajat Kapoor, Ratna Pathak, Alia Bhatt, Sidharth Malhotra and Fawad Khan are brilliant. Even the guy who plays the Kishor, the servant is such a natural. I don’t think the film would have been so good without the realistic performances. It’s just overall such a fun, emotional and happy film that I can’t help but sing praises of it.

The Not-so-good– While I loved the film in its entirety, there are some flaws which can easily be ignored because you’ll be having such a good time. Things like chemistry- Alia Bhatt with Sidharth Malhotra… just didn’t see any. Also, funny how staying in Coonoor or abroad, they all have a typical ‘Bambaiya’ accent. The Mandakini and potty jokes were a bit too much.

Verdict– Get out and watch Kapoor and Sons NOW! You just can’t miss it, dude! Once you see it, you will know why I said so. Ok bye!

Rating– 4.5/5

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Dec 4 2010

Phas Gaye Re Obama- Movie Review


I had to take a pick between watching Deepika Padukone act and a movie I wasn’t expecting much from. I chose the latter and so, I went for Phas gaye re Obama.

Rajat Kapoor plays a NRI in New York who is struck by recession and hence comes to India to sell his ancestral property in some village. He comes across crazy gundas with a hierarchy obviously leading to a politician. The movie is basically about how he gets out of the mess and returns home to his family.

So… The first half was kinda boring. The story is good and interesting but the dialogues and direction lack big time! There might be some dialogues that were really funny because there were these 2 mad guys sitting next to me who laughed at everything but in general, the entertainment quotient was a little less. The second half was still better. They’ve tried to make the setting look very real but it seems a little pointless because the dialogues and big city- accent don’t match the setting.

As an actor I’ve always thought Rajat Kapoor is slightly dull and a little too subtle in his acting. He to me, just didn’t suit the role. Neha Dhupia who plays the role of a gundi tried really hard but unfortunately she didn’t sound or look like one! Amol Gupte, Manu Rishi and Sanjay Mishra were really good. They delivered what they were meant to.  Luckily there were no songs in the movie!

Overall, the movie is ok and can be watched at home. No need to go to the theatre.

Rating– 2.5/5

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