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A roller coaster of laughs, tears and emotions! Kapoor and Sons, a dramedy with soul. 

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

Directed by: Shakun Batra

Produced by: Hiroo Yash Johar, Karan Johar & Apoorva Mehta

Distributed by: Fox Star Studios

In Theatres 18th March, 2016.

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1. The plot/ pace: This one is another exploration of relationships- between siblings, husband and wife, with aging parent and of course, the romantic kind. The movie kind of reminds you of Dil Dhadhakne Do minus the glamour as here a regular middle class family take the center-stage in the plot which is actually very refreshing and realistic. The different angles/ perceptions have been dealt with extremely delicately and in great depth without unnecessary dwelling over issues. The movie instantly gets your attention when it starts with the family scene (Rajat Kapoor, Ratna Pathak, Rishi Kapoor), the handsome young men (Sidharth Malhotra, Fawad Khan) and the lush green rustic neighborhood. However, the pace slows down a little before catching your interest again.  Full marks to the makers for the way it winds up, leaving you crying for most parts!

2. The cast: The cast of the movie deserves a good hard pat on the back. Rishi Kapoor proves once again that he is a superb actor. At this age, he is repeatedly proving that he is as good an actor as Amitabh Bachchan, even though he was often his side-kick in younger days. I have been consistently impressed by his recent performances- D-Day, Besharam, Chasme Baddoor and more.

Rajat Kapoor is always so natural and absolutely realistic. Loved him from his very early films like Dil Chata Hai, Monsoon Wedding and recent one like Drishyam. Ratna Phatak nails it as a mother, wife and daugher-in-law. She always does.

Moving on to young generation, Sidharth Malhotra and Fawad Khan are both among the top talented young men. We might not have like Khoobsurat, but we loved Fawad Khan in it. And Sidharth- we always do too. They have both aced acting without "acting". That takes us to Alia Bhatt. The young actress needs to realize that she is already full-on cute, she doesn't need to "act" cute too. She appears to try too hard in the film. Would have come out better had she toned it down a bit.

3. The look: The general look and feel of the movie- the sets, locations, characters, clothing- are all excellent.


Except for a rather slow pace in the middle, the movie is created well and plays out very artistically.


This is a good watch with your spouse and even kids 17 years and older. There are no adult scene or dialogue per say, so younger kids will be okay to enjoy the songs and the dance. Won't call it a comedy, but there are good comic moments! A perfect movie to recommend to your American friends who have been curious about Hindi films cause this one addresses all global issues in relationships. Just as well the movie is playing in many AMC theaters.

By Sonal Kulshrestha

(Sonal is a computer programmer by profession and a writer by passion. She is an avid movie goer. She lives in Texas, USA) 


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