Movies are an escapist art at large, most of the Indian films do not deal with any issues but are masala fun. You sit back, keep your brain out of the theater and enjoy the over the top melodrama and larger than life characters.
Lately this has been changing, this year Bollywood has significantly moved away from the terrible artificial stories to tackling real life stories.
Kapoor and Sons is not based on any true story yet it is much relatable at various levels. A fantastic slice of life film where the characters and situations will tickle you as well as make you cry.
There isn’t much of a story here, Mr. Kapoor who lives with his son and daughter in law, suffers a heart attack and the grandsons are called from London and New Jersey respectively. Rahul is the elder one and the perfect son, Arjun is the second best, always and for everyone. Both the guys meet the same girl, that adds to the complication. The screenplay is the king here and the situations take the story forward.
- The ensemble cast, perfectly casted characters, each of the actor shines in their respective roles but Rishi Kapoor and Alia Bhatt ace it and will be remembered for long time.
- The writing, the screenplay is very strong, the unfolding of each characters personas is what keeps you interested in the film all the time.
- The direction, it is a really complicated task to dish out a mainstream film from the day to day characters and the ‘dysfunctional families’ we see in and around us, hats off to director Shakun Batra for taking this up and delivering with complete honesty.
- The ‘Chul’ number is amazing and Alia is fantastically real and sexy in that song.
- The humor, despite the fact that the movie is essentially a day to day life one, it is really funny and that is a very strong part of the whole experience you have that will bind the things together.
- There isn’t much to dislike in the film but the second half gets a little heavy compared to the first one but till then you are completely absorbed in the characters and you wouldn’t mind giving your time to them. Also I didn’t like the fateful dismissal of one of the key characters.
This film from Shakun Batra is about love, family, sibling rivalry, marital issues, and everything that is life. It is essentially a journey that in some parts you and I have also taken. Yet it is full of entertainment and will keep you hooked till the end.