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Kapoor & Sons

Directed by Shakun Batra

Starring: Rajat Kapoor, Sidharth Malhotra, Fawad Khan, Alia Bhatt, Rishi Kapoor and Ratna Pathak

While many storytellers have, in the past, narrated stories about family dramas in nefarious and despicable plots, you haven’t watched a more profound, a more thought-provoking, a more dramatic story on this subject before ‘Kapoor and Sons’. The film tries to penetrate into the psyche of a dysfunctional family, but does not lose the deep faith that is so inspiring. The criticisms of Western materialism are all implied, the movie does not lecture. On the flip side, the film undoubtedly caters more to the intelligentsia or the thinking viewer and might not be lapped up whole-heartedly by those who survive on the staple diet of typical candyfloss entertainment.

Written by Shakun Batra & Ayesha Devitre, ‘Kapoor & Sons’ is a film that has wheels within wheels ― a film that’s constantly unraveling itself, surprising you as every new layer is peeled. Director Shakun Batra wastes no time in setting up his drama, throwing you into the thick of the story immediately. The film takes you across the realm of wishes to reality, to realization and beyond.

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Rishi Kapoor is adorable as the grandpa, who is the sweetest of his bloodline and also unmistakably naughty. He suffers from a heart attack which causes the two brothers to return to INDIA. Sidharth Malhotra’s uncharacteristically frail Arjun Kapoor, is a struggling writer, works part time as a bartender, runs a website; nursing the wounds of dropping out college. Every time the family erupts in a brawl he primarily projects his frustrations on the go-getter, successful big-brother, who has little time for home and family. His acting is natural & portrays a rather sympathetic part with confidence. Rahul Kapoor (Fawad Khan), happens to be a hugely successful writer living in London. He is extra-ordinary in a role that only proves his versatility as an actor. The movie lauds best performances delivered by the leads which eventually becomes the backbone of the tale. Apart from these two Alia Bhatt as Tia, although in a short role, marks her presence with her smile and jerky gestures.

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Rajat Kapoor has outperformed himself in his role as the long-suffering father. Watch him get those family fights and emotional sequences right; it’s incredible. He is unlikely to be understood or taken seriously, even as he proposes that when an unhappy couple doesn’t separate, they only deprive each other of true love. The other voice-of-reason (Ratna Pathak) being that when limits outlined for a relationship are too strong, they bear the risk of being broken. The performances truly merit the highest praise and admiration. Editing is crisp. The cinematography aptly captures the impeccable beauty of Coonoor. Music by various artists is catchy. The most affecting thing about the movie is its direction and screenplay. The movie goes so smoothly and appealingly that it binds emotions of the audiences with itself. Much of the film’s genius also lies in its crackling dialogue which throws up so many little gems it’s hard to pick just one.

If the film makes you think, it’s in the third act where a key twist comes off as resonating in the mind, and a climax too rational. This is cinema about interesting conversations, best when it’s intricate, intimate and relatively intelligent. A step-up for the supposed “genre”. ‘Kapoor & Sons’ is an immensely enjoyable journey that deserves to be relished more than once.

Highly recommended. It’s an assured, confident flick and one hell of a rollicking ride. A textured, compelling drama that’s unlike anything you’ve seen lately.

 

 

 

 

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