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Kapoor and Sons

Kapoor and Sons

Release Date:  March 18, 2016
Cast: Rishi Kapoor, Fawad Khan, Siddharth Malhotra, Alia Bhatt, Ratna Pathak Shah, Rajat Kapoor
Director: Shakun Batra
Genre:  Comedy, Drama, Romance
Duration: 2 hours 20 minutes

Kapoor & Sons gives a new-age twist to Bollywood’s usual family drama and emerges a clear winner in the hearts of people and at the box office too. The parents are Harsh (Rajat) and Sunita (Ratna) who always seem to have some issue to fight over and the children are Rahul (Fawad) who is successful and Arjun (Sidharth) who appears to be mostly confused. And at the center of it all, there’s the granddad Kapoor (Rishi) who just wants to get a family photo clicked with his entire family together. To make things even more complicated, Tia (Alia) joins the Kapoor’s family and sparks a triangular love affair involving her and the two children.

The essence of this movie is its great story. It’s a story where family secrets are tumbling out, where love and jealously coexist, and there’s plenty pain and suffering along with loud bursts of laughter and loads of fun. Here, parents cheat, the granddad lusts, brothers suspect each other and seemingly perfect children do not have perfect love-lives. There are plenty of hilarious scenes that will make you laugh out loud and lots of emotions too to create that perfect mix of family entertainment. You will also love the cinematography since it brings out the best that Coonoor has to offer. The frames of Coonoor are so splendid that you can almost smell the plentiful grass.

Rishi Kapoor has done a great job in his role of the Kapoor’s family granddad, one that lusts over Mandakini’s wet sari and watches porn on his grandson’s ‘i-papad’. Fawad and Sidharth successfully bring out the chemistry between siblings and make for terrific contrasts, the former a slick character and the latter a vulnerable one. Ratna Pathak and Rajat Kapoor have also done well in their role of a constantly bickering couple. The only things lacking include the film’s music and Alia’s predictable charm.

After a long time, we get to see something that’s wicked, witty and wise, all nicely wrapped in a package, making Kapoor & Sons a must-watch for everyone.

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