Kapoor & Sons directed by Shakun Batra is a well directed engaging family drama and stars Fawad Khan, Alia Bhatt and Siddarth Malhotra in pivotal roles. Rahul, played by Fawad Khan and Arjun, played by Siddharth Malhotra are brothers and have been born and brought up all along in the beautiful hill station Coonoor. Rahul is an established book writer based in London while Arjun who lives in the United States is a struggling writer and does part time jobs to get his ends met. The brothers have an estranged relationship even though they don’t display it much.
The Kapoor Family is a dysfunctional family headed by Dadu, the affectionate nonagenarian grandfather of the two brothers and is survived by his son Harsh, played by Rajat Kapoor and his wife Sunita, Ratna Pathak. The Kapoor parents regularly bicker for trivial and small matters and even after over 35 years of marriage are now struggling to save their marriage. One day, Dadu, the grandfather of both the brothers gets a heart attack suddenly and this incident forces the two brothers staying abroad to fly down to India. The family reunites after many years but the reunion does not turn out to be a totally sweet reunion. Family secrets which were unknown all this while get revealed one by one causing tensions among the family members.
Sibling rivalry comes into play again and deep wounds that had been there always get revealed once again. Heated exchanges take place and there is ultimate emotional drama going on. Amidst this comes Tia, played by Alia Bhatt who further makes things complicated among the brothers and adds on more to the drama. Dadu had a last wish before dying that he would like the whole Kapoor family to come together and click a picture with him which he would frame and title “Kapoor & Sons, since 1921”. Would Dadu’s last wish be fulfilled? Will the Kapoor family finally solve their problems and come together again? Watch the movie to get these answers.
The main plot of the movie is simple but it is the characters and their performances that make this script stand apart. Bollywood has off late experimented with the concept of dysfunctional families in movies like Dil Dhadakne Do, Piku and many more. The movie looks different because the scenes are not repetitive and isn’t bogged down by too much of overdrama or emotional scenes. The drama is mellow and the scenes look very natural and realistic.
Fawad Khan plays Rahul to his best potential, a man who is burdened playing the good and “perfect” son to his parents always and wants to break free from this tag. Siddharth Malhotra does a great job playing Arjun, who has always been overshadowed by his elder brother and always wishes to do something better than him. Alia Bhatt is good as the bubbly next door girl Tia and also has a story to tell. Rishi Kapoor as the affectionate grandfather “Dadu” keeps us entertained by his dialogues,gestures and infectious energy in the scenes. Ratna Pathak does an absolutely brilliant job as the tough yet broken from inside woman finding it hard to save an unhappy marriage. Rajat Kapoor shines in most of the scenes.
The first half is mostly full of scenes filled with light humour and it is only in the second half that the screenplay really picks up and is mostly laden with emotional and realistic scenes.The soundtrack of the movie has a balanced mix. We have good party numbers like “Kar Gayi Chool” and also soft numbers like “Bolna”.Coonoor looks beautiful in every frame.
A very fresh,well scripted,non-repetitive,well acted,well directed, engaging and entertaining family drama to come out of Bollywood after a longtime. Don’t miss watching this family drama with your family!