Kapoor and Sons movie review: Sidharth brings an attractive vulnerability, Fawad doesn’t lift off the screen

Kapoor and Sons review: Sidharth brings to the table a loose-limbed pleasing vulnerability which he reveals slowly. Fawad plays his straight, and he doesn’t lift off the screen. Rishi gets some laughs in.

Rating: 2 out of 5
Written by Shubhra Gupta | New Delhi | Updated: March 20, 2016 7:19 pm
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‘Kapoor & Sons’ seems to have taken to heart that famous Tolstoy line: “all happy families are alike, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way”, in the way it chooses a specific kind of unhappiness for each member of the Kapoor family.

The fact that Bollywood is now confident enough to give us a family which is not bursting with joy is a thing to be lauded. Meet the Kapoors : grandpa (Rishi Kapoor), middle-aged son (Rajat Kapoor) and his wife (Ratna Pathak Shah), and two grandsons Rahul (Fawad Khan) and Arjun (Sidharth Malhotra), all gathered together after many years for a reunion at their Coonoor homestead.

Also read: Kapoor & Sons box office collections: Alia, Sidharth, fawad starrer earns Rs. 6.85 cr on day one

At first it is a huge relief that the Kapoors don’t go about slobbering over each other. They are not gratingly saccharine. They squabble, shout and yell. Simmering resentments between the two young men, kept at bay all this time, come out. There’s tension between the older couple as well, which keeps spilling out all the time. You see these people stepping around each other, ducking and weaving, lying to each other, and you are thinking, hey now, great, here are finally, actually people you can recognize.

And then you stop. Because much too soon you recognize them too well. Because they are all playing to a type, and we’ve seen so many of them so often in Hollywood flicks. Rishi Kapoor, almost unrecognizable underneath all that make-up, is meant to be the jolly ol’ roguish gramps. Fawad’s Rahul is the London-based ‘perfect’ older son, so often called ‘hot’ by pretty women that you know exactly what that portends. Sidharth’s Arjun is the ‘loser’ who is constantly having to prove himself. And Tia (Alia Bhatt) is yet another version of the manic pixie girl dealing with past tragedy. The result is a cook-out which pleases only in patches.

This turns the characters into stock, and the film into a constructed thing, and you know what’s coming much before it actually does. Which is a pity because a film like this one, with a nice sense of place (the house has a lived-in feel ; the hill town used as home, not a series of picturesque spots) and more-than-competent performers, could have been that rare Bollywood thing : a grown-up drama featuring grown-ups.

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The other problem is that in many places things get much too overwrought for far too long. The slanging matches between the Kapoors escalate naturally, but then they are allowed to go on and on. And you want to tell them to give it a break, because we got it already.

Sidharth Malhotra brings to the table an attractive  loose-limbed vulnerability which he reveals slowly. He makes something of his part. Fawad plays his straight, and he doesn’t lift off the screen, the way he did in ‘Khubsoorat’. Rishi gets some laughs in, but has to struggle against the heavy prosthetics. The two people who kept me watching all the way were Rajat Kapoor and Ratna Pathak Shah : they play long-time partners in a marriage gone sour, and create a relationship which has enough strength and weaknesses that you want to know more about.

These two deserve a separate film.

Cast: Sidharth Malhotra, Fawad Khan, Alia Bhatt, Rajat Kapoor, Ratna Pathak Shah, Rishi Kapoor

Director: Shakun Batra

Two stars

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    Lazii Lopper
    Jan 26, 2017 at 9:33 pm
    What an awful review! This is a pretty good family movie. And Fawad was good throughout the w movie. Feels good when it ends. It's very nice movie. It's a 4/5 from me.
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      Jayesh
      Mar 15, 2017 at 1:56 pm
      Nice Review.
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        Sambit
        Jan 29, 2017 at 7:57 pm
        I agree with all the observations, but altogether it still managed to be a good movie...the deficiencies do not make it a 2, despite the deficiencies so accurately pointed out, it's a 3.5 to 4
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          Hit Movies
          Mar 19, 2016 at 6:30 pm
          So you like the movie...?? Download it here.. Enjoy..!!
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            Hit Movies
            Mar 19, 2016 at 6:26 pm
            So you like the movie...?? Download it here.. Enjoy..!!
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              Bindu
              Mar 20, 2016 at 11:00 am
              Pathetic review. Movie was great
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                Niranjan
                Mar 20, 2016 at 6:15 pm
                It was a great movie. I do not agree with this review.
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                  Flickside
                  Mar 20, 2016 at 12:51 pm
                  Not to be missed! What a neat ensemble of actors and characters and their issues, brilliantly executed. It may have looked good on paper, but to bring it alive on screen is a different matter altogether. Kapoor and Sons is a rollercoaster of emotions that will eventually leave you with a smile.
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                    Jagan Saha
                    Mar 19, 2016 at 3:55 am
                    What a finely made sensible film. Madam Reviewer, I choose to disagree with you. I had pleasure of watching one of the best movies made this year. Sad thay you could not get that pleasure.
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                      Pooja
                      Mar 20, 2016 at 9:38 pm
                      Movie was great. get your head out of your as*
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                        Perm
                        May 5, 2016 at 4:41 am
                        Fabad was the best !!! All I have to say
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                          Perm
                          May 5, 2016 at 4:43 am
                          Fawad sorry !
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                            Shradha
                            Apr 27, 2016 at 4:20 am
                            perfect review
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                              Samarth
                              Mar 20, 2016 at 9:15 pm
                              The movie was amazing. Really really really pathetic review...
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                                Rohit
                                Mar 22, 2016 at 12:24 pm
                                Movie is really good. I really like the movie . But sadly, Shubhra you have given such a low rating for this heart touching movie. I can't believe it. I do follow your ratings before going any movie but this I time I just went and watched. Otherwise I had to drop idea to watch this movie. hahaha ! Don't you like KJ? I mostly don't like KJ and banner movies.. at most I could give 2-2.5/5 from KKHH to all the way down. But this one is really good. Deserves 4 out 5.
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                                  RUCHIT
                                  Mar 18, 2016 at 8:52 pm
                                  Completely wrong review movie was 5 stars must must watch
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                                    Aakriti
                                    Mar 18, 2016 at 6:59 pm
                                    Subhra Gupta is depressingly predictable about her baises. Great movie. Fawad Khan is excellent.
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                                      Ashu Kansal
                                      Mar 20, 2016 at 4:22 pm
                                      Pathetic movie
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                                        Adeel
                                        Mar 20, 2016 at 4:24 am
                                        Pathetic Review ! Awesome movie and mind blowing acting by Rishi and Fawad !
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                                          Ajitabh Biswas
                                          Mar 20, 2016 at 8:25 am
                                          I think KRK is much better than you, when it comes to movie review. Go re-watch the movie, Fawad Khan has done very matured acting. Siddharth still need to learn some acting and Alia too. I dont agree with your review at all.
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                                            amina
                                            Mar 18, 2016 at 2:30 pm
                                            pathetic review...fawad khan's acting outshines others marginally!
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