Not very often do we get to see a near perfect portrayal on celluloid of a normally imperfect set of characters. One may wonder whether the usage of the phrase “normally imperfect” is in fact “normal”! Hidden in this seemingly “imperfect” phrase is a stark universal reality: the degrees may be different, but we are all imperfect in some way or the other. The famous and the not so famous ones, the loved ones and the unloved ones, the friendly and not so friendly ones all have blemishes: some hidden, some not so well hidden. Should relationships be built on a premise of perfectionism and broken when the universal reality confronts us? Or should they be based on “acceptance and unconditional love” to conquer those imperfections? Shouldn’t we give a second chance? A third chance? When should “enough” be really “enough”?
The daily lives of most of us (or perhaps all of us) at some point or other in our journeys brings us face to face with these aberrations in our characters and those of our near and dear. And this is what Shakun Batra has portrayed so beautifully in Karan Johar’s production KAPOOR & SONS. Backed by a slick screenplay, straight off the heart dialogues and outstanding performances, KAPOOR & SONS could easily be Karan Johar’s most sensible and meaningful production till date. Devoid of the fluff and superficiality and the glamour of his earlier ventures, Karan Johar’s biggest contribution seems to be allowing Shakun Batra to scratch the surfaces of the skins of the various characters to just an extent where there are trickles of blood and tears and to stop and shift the proceedings to prevent a deluge of melodrama.
Fahad Khan puts up a phenomenal performance and is effectively complemented by Rajat Kapoor and Ratna Pathak Shah playing his parents; Alia plays her character effortlessly. Siddharth Malhotra has to rise beyond his stock of standard mannerisms and Rishi Kapoor playing the grand dad is entertaining, although his make up could have looked more realistic: it looked a little too rubbery!
Highly recommended watch!
RATING: 4.5 out of 5
March 18th, 2016