Rishi Kapoor, Ratna Pathak, Rajat Kapoor, Fawad Khan, Sidharth Malhotra, Alia Bhatt
Hiroo Yash Johar, Karan Johar, Apoorva Mehta
Ayesha Devitre Dhillon, Shakun Batra
Funny, poignant, and laced with characters that are brimming with idiosyncrasies, this comedy-drama about a dysfunctional family focuses on the power of love in a family, even when everything seems to have gone wrong.
Arjun (Sidharth Malhotra), an aspiring author and Rahul (Fawad Khan), a bestselling author are forced to return to their childhood home in Coonoor when there Dadu (Rishi Kapoor) suffers from a heart attack. The tension between the two brothers is apparent from the very first scene. Back home, their parents – Sunita (Ratna Pathak Shah) and Harsh (Rajat Kapoor) aren’t really having a very amicable relationship either. However, holding all of them together is this 90-year-old, amicable, eccentric, death practicing, porn loving, cool granddad whose only dream, apart from wanting to wrap Mandakini (of Ram Teri Ganga Mali) in his arms, is to have one family photo clicked and write beneath it – Kapoor & Sons, since 1981.
The first half of the film breezily takes you through the Kapoor household, establishing the quirky characters and their problems. The second half is where the drama unfolds. The dirty dark secrets surfaces, further straining the already estranged family relationships. Amid all the family drama there is a sweet romance blooming between Tia (Alia Bhatt), a perky neighborhood girl and Arjun, but that too goes for a toss when Arjun gets to know that Tia and Rahul had kissed… and the brothers drift further apart.
The charm of this linear film lies largely in the fact that it relies heavily on human emotions and equations than on a storyline, making it endearing despite all its flaws. Director Shakun Batra, who had last directed Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu, retains his simplistic style of filmmaking that he displayed in his previous film and takes it a notch higher with Kapoor & Sons.
The icing on the cake is the casting. Rishi Kapoor undoubtedly is the show stealer, Alia exhibits her usual exuberance, Fawad’s relax, easy going charm coupled with his terrific performance makes him stand out, Sidharth is charming, Rajat Kapoor and Ratna Pathak Shah proves yet again what fine actors are really made of.
Kapoor & Sons may not be regarded as an exceptionally great contribution to the cinema but it’s certain to make you laugh, make you cry, and make you crave to get that perfect family photo clicked before it is too late.