It is rightly said, 'Family is like music, some high notes, some long notes but always a beautiful song'. Shakun Batra's 'Kapoor & Sons' takes a leaf from everyone's family book. Will you laugh and cry with them? Let's find that out-
Cast: Sidharth Malhotra, Fawad Khan, Alia Bhatt, Rishi Kapoor, Rajat Kapoor, Ratna Pathak Shah
Slaps: The film gets a bit high on emotions post the interval which slows down the pace. This might make you a little fidgety in your seats.
What's New: A dramedy with plenty of crackling moments and a touch of realization that life is never a bed of roses
Popcorn Refill: Interval
Plot: Rahul (Fawad Khan) is a successful novelist and an entrepreneur in London. On the other hand, his younger brother Arjun (Sidharth Malhotra) works as a part time bartender and an aspiring novelist in New Jersey. The siblings are forced to return to their childhood home in Coonoor when their 90 year old grandfather Amarjeet Kapoor (Rishi Kapoor) suffers from a bout of heart-attack.
While living under one roof the Kapoor brothers realize that things have changed a lot in their absence. Their parents (Rajat Kapoor and Ratna Pathak Shah) have a struggling marriage to deal with while their happy-go-lucky grandpa tries to squeeze in happiness in every moment of his life. Arjun suffers from pangs of jealousy because he feels that he could never become a perfect son like Rahul. Tia (Alia Bhatt) comes as a ray of sunshine but then life was never meant to be so easy.
As several skeletons from the closet stumble out and family secrets are unravelled, will the Kapoors sail past this stormy weather?
Performances: Kapoor & Sons' has some terrific performances by the cast. If Fawad Khan's performances rakes of intensity, Sidharth Malhotra brings about the goofiness of his character effectively. You could so relate to some of the moments that these two share in the film. Yet another radiant performance by Alia Bhatt whose infectious energy wins you over. Rishi Kapoor makes you go awww each time he appears on the silver screen. Trust me you just won't be able to help yourself from smiling! Rajat Kapoor and Ratna Pathak Shah compliment each other so well.
Direction: Bollywood has seen several dysfunctional family stories in the past but Shakun Batra's different treatment to the story gives it an interesting twist. He makes sure that you get totally engrossed in the film which has an array of emotions to offer. With generous doses of laughter in store, the first half of the film just zooms into their heart as you get plenty of 'I have done that too' moments.
However post interval the film loses some steam at certain points in the second half where Shakun tries to bring out the emotional aspect of the story. Some of the scenes look dragged and you suddenly find yourself craving for some sunshine and those moments of humour.
Jeffery F. Bierman's cinematography brings alive the beauty of Coonoor, a place rarely explored in Bollywood. With a perfect blend of music 'Kapoor & Sons' is a roller-caster that you won't mind riding several times!