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KHOOBSURAT

Remember the 1980 movie 'Khoosurat' that is the first movie that comes to mind when you think of Rekha (yes, Rekha from the Amitabh era)? Well, if you were old enough to enjoy the movie then, now is your chance to introduce the comedy to the next generation in the form of Disney's Khoobsurat, it's remake.

Khoobsurat stars Sonam Kapoor, Fawad Afzal Khan, Kirron Kher, Prosenjit Chatterjee, Ratna Pathak and Aamir Raza Hussain in lead roles. Directed by Shashanka Ghosh, the movie is set to be released on Sept 19th 2014. It is produced by Rhea Kapoor (Sonam's sister) and Disney India.

Who is Fawad Khan you ask? We hear that the 1981 born actor is Pakistan's highest-paid actor who was first seen in the 2010 television drama 'Jutt and Bond'. In 2007, his film debut in the Pakistani Movie 'Khuda Ke Liye' won him the Lux Style Award for best actor. The guy is a good singer as well, having started his career in Pakistan as a lead singer of a rock 

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band. As per Indian Express, apparently, Fawad’s fans from Pakistan have taken to social networking sites to say that he has hurt the sentiments of his country by working in a Hindi film. In the movie, he plays a Rajput prince unlike Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s ‘Khoobsurat’ where Rakesh Roshan (yes, Hrithik Roshan's dad in real life) played the role of a doctor.

Looks like this is certainly the next must-watch movie of 2014!

  

Updated Sep 21 2014

MOVIE REVIEW: KHOOBSURAT                                                                                                              

Here's what the movie has going for it- 

#1. The Moms, Kirron Kher- As a punjabi mom who is married to a Bengali, but has a strong influence on her kids who look and talk like a Punjabi in spite of having 'Chakrabarty' as their last name, Kirron Kher is perfect! She make you laugh just by being on the screen- by her dialogues, her expressions, her body language! This woman is gorgeously gifted and endlessly endowed. Ratna Phatak- In a royal role, with her elegant saris, she shines. She has always brought her roles to life and this one is no less. Incidently, her real life mom, Dina Phatak, was in the corresponding role in the original 'Khoobsurat'. I'm sure this gave her a sense of déjà vu.


#2. Fawad Khan- As a prince, he does charm. He looks youthful and carries himself with subtlety and dignity, dresses well and has the Pakistani 'nazaket' of talking that comes in handy for his royal role.


#3. Sonam Kapoor- As a loud Punjabi girl with a Bengali last name, she has done well and looked good, even though I personally wouldn't use any superlatives here.


#4. Palace locations- the aerial view and the long shots of the palaces are magnificent. They make you long to visit one and stay in one. The movie very tactfully brings focus to the real plight of the maharajas to sustain their life style and the circumstances that drove them to turn their palaces into extremely high end resorts at the time when princely states were dissolved when India got her independence . This provides excellent opportunity to educate our kids on the topic, especially for us- people of Indian origin living outside of India. And in having that discussion, we even ended up discussing the future of British monarchy with our kids as they wondered if that is headed the same route too. Personally, I love movies that leave you with good topics for discussions.

#5. A family entertainment- It's a neat and clean movie, with good 'folkish' sounding songs that "sound" to be of the palace-era even. Kids will love the colors, the Indian palaces and young girls will love Sonam's ring tone for her mom's call and in fact- all her interactions with her mom.

Here's what is NOT so hot- 

The movie has some good things going for it, but it's slow pace and Mills and Boon kind of situations between the rich prince and a commoner girl might fail to lure in the male gender once the word spreads. Also, even though Sonam's character is meant to be loud, the wardrobe could have been much better in lot of the scenes. In some scenes the contrast between her traditional, almost 'hippie' attire and the immaculately dressed prince looks good. 

Overall- 

All that said, I would term the movie as a 'good family watch' and a 'must- watch mother-daughter' movie!!!!!

(By Sonal Kulshrestha, a movie lover from Dallas, Texas)

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