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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Apr 11 2013

Casa Fiesta Resort, Patnem Beach, Goa


Goa is one of my favourite places and a trip there once a year is almost mandatory now. This year, my birthday and a long Holi-Easter weekend coinciding meant Goa had to happen in March anyhow and I made sure it did!

To make a plan materialise, it takes a lot of patience and convincing. So obviously, deciding which group to go with, to get everyone to agree on things, dates, hotel, mode of travel, etc. would be a pain in the ass. With less time on my hands, I decided to ask some of my best friends who immediately agreed without any difficulties. After looking up for reasonably priced hotels online, Casa Fiesta in South Goa sounded like a decent bet keeping in mind our budgets.  By booking online and paying 50% advance, we were all set to go GOA!Casa Fiesta 1

Where is it located? Casa Fiesta Beach Resort is located in South Goa at Patnem beach. Be prepared to travel atleast 2 hours from Mapusa, Goa. This place is really far away! It took us 15 hours to reach from Mumbai. From Madgaon station it is about 45 kilometres. Patnem beach is about 10 minutes away from Palolem beach which is one of South Goa’s most commercial beaches in South Goa. Agonda beach is also pretty close.

Casa Fiesta 2 What’s Casa Fiesta like? Casa Fiesta beach bungalows are not for the finicky types. There are beach bungalows (100 mts away from the beach, where we stayed) and beach huts (on the beach). Be prepared to get no room service, no drinking water, no soap/shampoo, no swimming pool and no facilities you’re too used to being pampered with at other hotels. You’ll find that the entire room and porch shakes when anyone moves and that’s because the entire cottage stands on bamboos and is made of ply and hay. The rooms are bright blue with maroonish-red curtains and bright red carpets. Don’t be surprised to find a frog or tadpole in your bathroom. There are about 8 beach bungalows- 4 ac and 4 non-ac. There’s also a glitch in that. The ac in 2 bungalows next to each other will not work together. So if one room uses the ac, the other must compromise. We were lucky to have the first and last bungalow and didn’t have to compromise.

On the contrary, expect a clean, gorgeous and an almost empty beach calling out to you at a distance of not more than 100 mts, chilled out shacks on the beach that serve superb food & drinks and double up as the most romantic, candle-lit cafes to make every dinner memorable. Expect a local market selling everything ‘Goa’ when you walk from the hotel to the beach, friendly stray dogs that have nothing but love to give and take, fantastic porches outside every cottage, reasonably priced food, alcohol and stay.

Places around– If you’re in the mood to go clubbing or to more ‘happening’ places where the crowd is, you might have to travel all the way to North Goa which is about 2 hours away. Palolem, which is the commercial beach of South Goa brimming with tourists, fishermen and families will probably seem too much if you’re already staying at Patnem or Agonda but they have a long line of shacks on the beach and a bigger market in case you want to shop. If you do plan to go to Agonda, do visit Dunhill Beach Resort. Their restaurant is classy and has awesome food! If you plan to stick to Patnem, you’ll find that almost all the shacks serve superb food!

Casa Fiesta 3 Food– Go to Chillies for breakfast and have their combo meal. A Continental breakfast would have 1 tea/coffee, Choice of egg with bread, butter, jam, any juice. All this for just Rs. 170! Casa Fiesta, Tantra & Namaste for lunch or dinner are good options. Casa Fiesta’s Baked beans on Cheese is by far the best I’ve ever had! You will find Italian, Mexican, American, Chinese, Indian & Continental food. Sea food is obviously a must if you’re a non-vegetarian. If you’d like some beer to go along with your food, Kings is light and good. Your entire meal will not cost more than Rs. 250 per person.

How much? We went at the end of March and paid Rs. 1500 for a triple sharing AC bungalow. It is a bit much considering there aren’t too many facilities there but the proximity of the beach is a huge bonus! The non-ac rooms are of course, cheaper. We decided there and then we’d stay an extra night so they gave us a non-ac triple sharing room for Rs.800. The rates might differ if you plan to go in the peak season- October to February. The person to contact would be Mr. Jagdish Dhuri for your bookings. Once you’re there, find Mahesh and he’ll try to make sure you have a pleasant stay.


Verdict– Casa Fiesta at Patnem might not give you the luxuries or facilities you’d get in a hotel but it will make your entire trip to Goa worth it. I’d definitely go there again (with friends). This is one awesome getaway! For sure!

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