Director: Vikram Bhatt
Starring: Karan Kundra & Zarine Khan
Screenplay: Vikram Bhatt
Music: Harish Sagane
Shakun Batra’s KAPOOR AND SONS is a story of a dysfunctional family. In which the grandfather (Rishi Kapoor) is the central figurehead of the family and he is almost ninety years old and his two sons (Rajit Kapoor and Vikram Kapadia) and his two grandsons (Sidharth Malhotra (Arjun) and Fawad Khan (Rahul)) and their mother (Ratna Pathak Shah) who come together for once in spite of their differences to celebrate the birthday of the eldest Kapoor. The two grandsons woo the same girl Tia (Alia Bhatt) and fight over her but the real bone of contention is a novel that is written by Fawad which is a bestseller but was actually based on an idea by Sidharth. The film is full of the grandpa’s hilarious antics and his will to live. There is a massive sub-plot of infidelity to contend with as well. How after all these individual problems and issues the Kapoor family still comes together and stays together forms the eventual crux of the movie.
Director Shakun Batra has made a good film and will appeal to the family audiences. Batra shows immense maturity in key scenes and sequences and is the big winner of the movie. Rishi Kapoor is the life and soul of the film and his joie de vivre is the highlight of the film. Sidharth Malhotra really shows his range as an actor and is at his natural best. Fawad is serious and appealing and his performance peaks in the second and third act of the movie. Ratna Pathak Shah delivers a superb performance as does Rajat Kapoor. Alia Bhatt is her usual bubbly self and her enthusiasm is infectious and is a breath of fresh air. Vikram Kapadia is good. The DOP Jeffrey Bierman has captured the beautiful locations of Coorg with a moving hand held camera and especially the interiors of the Kapoor house look good with pleasing frames. The music by various artists is good and matches the mood of the film perfectly. 15 years ago, Dharma Productions made KABHIE KUSHI KABHIE GHAM which was also about loving your family regardless of their shortcomings and Shakun Batra does the same with KAPOOR AND SONS all these years later.
At the box-office, the movie has taken a good initial. And the word of mouth for the movie is really strong and that will help the movie get to a good eventual total.