You are hot. Tia (Alia Bhatt) tosses this fact out of the way as soon as she meets hotshot, successful writer and elder Kapoor son Rahul (Fawad Khan). Right then. But the one who tugs at her heartstrings is younger brother Arjun (Sidharth Malhotra), unsure and yet-to-find-fame writer. Watch the pair rock away the night to spiritedly choreographed Kar Gayi Chull (of suspect lyrics fame) in remarkable tandem.
The lead trio is uniformly eye-candy material and has our full attention, no questions there. Their almost-triangle plays out super nicely without any major drama.
The family of Kapoor & Sons (since 1921) is neither hot nor happy though. They are dysfunctional as hell (yes) and prone to angry bursts every time they interact.
Mother Sunita and father Harsh are a troubled duo, unhappy in their long-standing, now-crumbling marriage. Sons Rahul and Arjun are facing their own demons and struggling to find their own space. Dadu (Rishi Kapoor) keeps himself (and us) entertained: dropping mock-dead in a jiffy, fantasising about Mandakini and watching ‘blue’ films on his i-pad.
Ratna Pathak Shah is impeccable as the suspicious, bitter wife and indulgent, heartbroken mother. Rajat Kapoor wins sympathy despite his erring ways.Rishi Kapoor is totally adorbs, I did wish he wasn’t lost in all that make-up. Fawad Khan is pitch perfect in high and low notes as the conflicted you-know-who leading a double life. Alia Bhatt owns the screen with grace and charm. Sidharth Malhotra is sincere and lends vulnerability to his part.
The movie is solid and engaging throughout. Co-writer (with Ayesha Devitre Dhillon) and director Shakun Batra picks a challenging slice of a family’s life, keeping it emotional and very real as the events unfold. You feel for the conflicted members as they struggle to find their peace, and do. Every character leaves a mark. Somehow, even neatly summed up, it left me with a bittersweet feeling in the end.
cinemaspotter rating: 4.5 out of 5