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'Kapoor & Sons': A Thought-Provoking Family Drama That Tugs At The Heartstrings

21/03/2016 1:05 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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Kapoor & Sons, co-written and directed by Shakun Batra and produced by Karan Johar under the banner of Dharma Productions, stars an ensemble cast that includes the likes of Rishi Kapoor, Ratna Pathak, Rajat Kapoor, Sidharth Malhotra, Fawad Khan, and Alia Bhatt. The movie revolves around a dysfunctional upper-class Punjabi family residing in the hill station town of Coonoor situated in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.

Full credit to Batra and team for beautifully weaving a modern-day family drama!

Kapoor & Sons teaches us to enjoy the little moments in life, for nothing lasts forever. It also reminds us of the importance of family in our lives--something that most of us seem to take for granted. Kapoor & Sons is essentially a film about human relationships and shows how severely our lives can get impacted if they ever turn sour. And, just like the Murphy's law, they do turn sour for the Kapoor family. Needless to say, the result is catastrophic. Right from the very onset, the family members appear to be treading on a landmine. When the family unites for the first time in years, early on in the film, it doesn't take us long to discern the underlying tension, waiting to be released.

Despite the clichéd plot setting (straight out of some Hollywood family drama), Kapoor & Sons proves to be quite engaging at different levels thanks to the refreshing treatment of the subject at hand. Full credit to Batra and team for beautifully weaving a modern-day family drama! Among a motley of memorable performances, it is Fawad Khan of 'Khuda Kay Liye' fame who impresses the most with a touching multilayered portrayal of a flawed son who is looked upon by his family as a paragon of perfection. Sidharth Malhotra, to his credit, plays the part of the younger Kapoor sibling with reasonable conviction. Alia Bhatt is once again type casted in a role that mirrors her real-life persona. But the good thing is that she seems to have mastered the art of playing herself on the celluloid.

Kapoor & Sons offers cent percent entertainment but beyond that it also serves as a powerful lesson on the importance of relationships in our lives.

The performances of Ratna Pathak and Rajat Kapoor are so good that one would be remiss to not mention them. The sheer realism that the two thespians bring in is truly commendable. Rishi Kapoor is delightful to watch in the role of the 90-year-old Kapoor grandsire. Kapoor's performance, loaded with tender and over-the-top moments in equal parts, adds a lot of spark to the film. His constant blabberings, nonchalant outlook towards life, and playfully lecherous demeanour accentuate the comic appeal of his prosthetic look. Every now and then, it succeeds in easing up the constantly brewing tension.

Overall, Kapoor & Sons is a touching family drama that celebrates life by embracing the spirit of togetherness. In fact, it harks back to movies like Dil Dhadakne Do and Piku. The movie is quite high on emotions and drama but there is hardly a superfluous moment. While the first half of the movie is a great fun to watch, the second half is slightly pale in comparison but on a whole it makes for a memorable cinematic experience. There are moments in the second half when the movie does get hyper, but even those moments never really look forced, thanks to a taut screenplay and some very good acting on display. Kapoor & Sons offers cent percent entertainment but beyond that it also serves as a powerful lesson on the importance of relationships in our lives.

A version of this review was first published at A Potpourri of Vestiges.

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