Families are dysfunctional. We lie, cheat and misunderstand. Life is a beautiful mess.
It is neither black nor white or even a shade of grey. It is a colourful journey, a rollercoaster ride, one full of possibilties and misadventures that will one day come to an end.
The family on spotlight are the Kapoors, consisting of Grandpa (Rishi Kapoor), middle-aged son (Rajat Kapoor) and his wife (Ratna Pathak Shah), and two grandsons Rahul (Fawad Khan) and Arjun (Sidharth Malhotra). A family emergency brings them all back together in the small picturesque town of Canoor and over the few days, their lives change forever.
They are the “perfect” imperfect family . The young brothers in their adult lives still indulge in sibling rivalry, both being writers on different pages. Rahul, the older, successful is an accomplished one, while Arjun, the underachiever continues to find his place in the literary world. They have their bouts of arguments, but so do their parents, whose marriage is on the rocks, with the possibility of an affair splitting the couple. Between them is Dadu, the funny, way too-cool Grandfather who despite his naughty ways, really just wants his family together. In the midst of the almost-ordinary family saga, the brothers meet the quirky, sweet Tia (Alia Bhatt) who finds her way into the lives of the Kapoor’s.
The main cast in his entirety did a convincing job portraying the post-iPad, financially challenged family. Despite heavily made up, (Rishi) Kapoor stole the limelight on more than several occasions with his funny yet cute porn-loving, weed-smoking antics. (Rajat) Kapoor and his on-screen wife Shah were more then credible in their parental-conflicted roles. Pakistani actor Khan of Khoobsurat and Malhotra, from Ek Vilian’s brotherly chemistry was evident for most parts. Almost reprising her role in 2 States, Bhatt’s smaller had its moments but failed to make a big impact on the film.
Kapoor & Sons is a Hindi movie that is different from the average Bollywood song-and-dance productions. Hindi music lovers are likely to be disappointed by the choice of songs. Directed by Shakun Batra, it bears no resemblence to an avant garde production, and yet it has the ability to entertain and remind audiences about the intracies of life as we know it.
Life is not a walk in the park but it’s important to stop and smell the jasmine in our own garden.