We are different creatures today from what we were a few decades ago. We are more educated, more suave, more technologically sophisticated… in short more refined. We begin at an epicenter and start scattering in all directions – everyone has his/her own direction. We go away from each other but are still tied together at that epicenter. Then there comes a time that forces us to get sucked back into that point and reassess our dynamics with each other.
‘Kapoor & Sons’ explores the beauty in this perfectly imperfect process. The patriarch of the Kapoor family, a 90-years-old ailing but (typically Bollywood style) full of life, loving, and eccentric Dada ji has an heart episode and his two (sort of estranged) grandsons have to return to their family home to be with their parents who have their marital problems going on. All members of the family come together with their own beliefs, prejudices, and secrets. What happens then is the story.
Although, let me tell you, nothing ‘filmy’ happens. Yes, the family is dysfunctional at its best (or worst), but nothing that we haven’t seen before – happening in our own families. Every character is flawed – just like you and I. They react in the most instinctively earthy way possible – just like how you and I would. They have their secrets, they miscalculate, and they also take poor judgments/decisions – same as us. And this is what makes the movie highly relatable.
The one message I think we all should get out of this wonderfully directed and acted film is that our family is one place – that one epicenter – where we must return in our most original form (no doubt about that), but we must also make sure that this is where we ‘unite’ and we should ‘gather our shit together’ before this ‘epicenter’ falls apart. If we take too much time to realize this, we might be forced to complete the ‘happy family picture’ with an unfortunate patch.
The writer and director, Shakun Batra, proved himself earlier with a much-lauded film ‘Ek Main Aur Ek Tu’ and once again he has created the magic. The cinematically impeccable direction is one thing he can easily be associated with – something that I say is the best of both worlds, i.e. Hollywood and Bollywood. The writer duo, Batra and Ayesha Dhillon have (effortfully) managed to bring out the seemingly ‘effortless’ dialogues. It’s a triumph! It humongously contributes to the film’s relatable quality.
The actors’ brigade! Now that’s one strong army any film director should be (would be) envious of. Rishi Kapoor has always been one of the most natural actors and he has flourished as an awesome character actor through last few years. This film is one more jade in his sparkling crown. Despite having to bear the heavy prosthetic make-up of an old man closing in on his centenary (which can be a real trouble in the…) Mr. Chintoo has delivered the performance to be remembered. Ratna Pathak-Shah and Rajat Kapoor have always been the sensitive actors and they bring out the sensibilities of their respective characters with perfect honesty. The face of the star-cast – Siddharth Malhotra, Fawad Khan, and Alia Bhatt, give justice to their characters. Khan has emerged as the actor who is capable of delivering intense performance and is worth to keep serious expectations from. Alia has never seemed like a newcomer and here she sparkles as bright as an authentic jewel (that never really had to be polished) that she is. Siddharth may seem like an underdog (especially with such mighty people acting around him) but one thing we must agree – the boy is freaking trying hard, and it shows. He has come a long way from his ‘Student of the Year’ days and with every film he shows he has hidden spark too, which sparkles in films such as this one.
As a dedicated moviegoer I suggest one must not give a miss to this movie, and if possible should catch this one with the company of your own little weirdoes, a.k.a family members. This will save you a phone call, because after watching this movie you might not be able to wait to call them and say that you love them.