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Anything with Alia Bhatt intrinsically seems like it brings a breath of freshness with it. And then you have the stunning makeover for Rishi Kapoor. Off late, he hasn't disappointed with his performances and the rest of the cast looks like they are one with their characters too. Beyond that thought, the trailer becomes a combination of any ol' love triangle and family drama that you might have seen in real life.
The heavy promotion on social media goes with the 'young' feeling the film has. But, beyond that it has a Yeh Dillagi feel to it – two brothers fall for the same woman. However, there is an angle of brothers fighting over her rather than sacrificing with each other – which a pleasant (because it seems more real) contemporary air about it.
The music too sounds modern. However, doesn't feel like it will overstay a one-time listen. Let's hope it goes better with the film and adds to the experience.
Bollywood Hungama – "3.5/5"
Firstpost - "ditch this album, and listen to the original versions of the only two decent songs"
Milliblog - "highly listenable multi-composer soundtrack!"
Music Aloud - "7/10"
- meeta, a part of the audience
A close-up of an old couple holding hands – there are few moments that are as heartwarming as that. Kapoor & Sons is full of these. This in the midst of a good old family drama. Yeah, who would have thought a through and through drama plot-line could be likable. That too with its share of sexual innuendos and toilet humor. Kapoor & Sons is as good as any example of - if the “how” the story is told is done right, the “what” becomes secondary.
Drama without dramatics – it has been so long since we have seen this that by itself it is refreshing. The first half of the film barely has any background music. And when things starts heating up in the second half, there is only a slight hint. That itself cuts the drama off to a great extent – keeping background music in its place.
The “how” then is peppered with situations and a mix of snappy, funny, profound dialogue that fit the characters, the story, the milieu. In the end then, when you find yourself engrossed with the Kapoor family's problems – and not only because you identify with them – you are taken by surprise with how sentimental the film has managed to make you.
Yes, you will see in the Kapoor family either your family or a family that you have been closely associated with. You will know why they feel better knit than a family that pushes things under the carpet. How their relationships are shattered by disclosures and how they, like any family, come together in difficult times – despite their differences, despite their personal anger towards the other.
You relate to Kapoor & Sons also also because of its flawed characters and their portrayal by each one of the actors. The atypical dadu by Rishi Kapoor is more charming than both Rahul (Fawad Khan) and Arjun (Siddharth Malhotra). The two young actors themselves though play their own way of hiding or showing their inadequacies. You don't doubt it when other characters call Fawad Khan perfect or simple. Siddharth Malhotra slips up in a scene where he is angry but more than covers up for that in other instances, especially the one scene where he is dumbfounded.
It is stunning how Alia Bhatt makes - being cool, sensitive, being both at the giving and receiving end of sympathy – look so easy. Rajat Kapoor and Ratna Pathak Shah play the disagreeable, frustrated couple/parents for you to think of real people they remind you of.
And that is something Kapoor & Sons gets so right. When things get too real and serious, they edit smoothly into something that is bound to make you smile, if not laugh. This won't happen in real life, but hey – would they be stories if they reflected real life? The right balance between filmy and real is what makes Kapoor & Sons adorable despite its segue into borderline crass humor or even borderline melodrama.
Of course, it is a tear jerker, like any family drama worth its salt ought to be. It is not about who gets the girl, or which sibling wins parent approval. It is also not about whether dadu lives or dies before he gets the family photograph clicked. “It's all about loving your family.”
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Sreeju Sudhakaran, Bollywood Life : ...may not be the typical KJo film drama you may relished in the past, set in foreign locales, huge mansion, love songs etc. yet it is one of the finest films Karan Johar has produced... full review
Thumbs up, by Pradeep Menon, FirstPost : ...The inevitable push-pull dynamics of every family, particularly one that has millennial adults in it, comes through better than we've ever seen before.... full review
Thumbs up, by Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times : ...The language Fawad, Alia and Sidharth speak in the film is true to their character graphs: Very urban in nature yet restrained and suitable for a place like Coonoor. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Ananya Bhattacharya, india today : ...With these several parallel tracks running through Kapoor And Sons, director Shakun Batra crafts a refreshing tale of family problems and the art of sweeping them under the carpet.... full review
Thumbs up, by Kunal Guha, Mumbai Mirror : ...Director Shakun Batra has matured from a filmmaker solely capable of romcoms to one who can infuse depth into characters and script relationships in all its verity. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV : ...The screenplay by Ayesha Devitre Dhillon and Shakun Batra probes aspects of human nature that are rarely touched upon in more facile Bollywood fare.... full review
Thumbs up, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...The nuances in the story are reflected brilliantly in all aspects of the film from the performances to the technical aspects like production design, music, editing and photography.... full review
Thumbs up, by Pratim D Dasgupta, The Telegraph : ...Kapoor & Sons is two thumbs up to the changing character of mainstream Bollywood, where formulaic ingredients are being tossed and turned for a refreshing cinematic experience... full review
So-So, by Vivek, India Entertainment : ...one flaw is the unfolding of each of the characters and their character flaws, appears to be robotic and sequential, like a mathematical equation.... full review
zaynslytherin: Kapoor and sons is so good fuck
Yugac: Kapoor & Sons is a nice gradual progression from Prem Ratan Dhan Payo/barjatya - kind family dramas #kapoorandsons #FawadKhan
yourstruly111: #kapoor and sons @karanjohar keep up the great work bringing real life gay characters to the forefront!!
TNRANDOM: yeh movie beautiful kar gayi chull kapoor and sons #paisavasool
ThumbelinaDona: Hey, I think I can write an essay on #Kapoor&Sons. Never thought abt any film this much. Am I biased bcoz of #FawadKhan?
thesaurabhkr: Watched Kapoor & Sons today. Whattay Movie!
SuperShames: Ind Vs Pak. Kapoor & Sons. A weekend decently spent. However, still no light visible at the end of tunnel. #Day14
sowmyarao_: I loved Kapoor and Sons. Bechdel - almost fail. Problematic - little bit. Sexist - I'm unsure Watchable if you're feminist - Yes!
snacksinthehall: Absolutely moved by Kapoor and Sons. What a film.
singh20_MONIKA: .Interesting story backed up by solid performances. Evry actor doing justic to dere role. Kapur &Sons is fantastic movie @aliaa08 @S1dharthM
Sineetisweeto: Finally watched kapoor And Sons.. Very refreshing story about a dysfunctional family.. Good job by @shakunbatra @karanjohar
SamanTariq88: In other news, saw Kapoor and Sons and loved it. Fawad Khan has truly evolved as an actor.
Rrrrohini: Kapoor and Sons had the kind of heart that reminds one of handmade greetings our younger selves sent out to parents and teachers and friends
OshinMurjani: Sid is phenomenal in Kapoor and Sons. So natural and perfect! You'll not find a single scene in which he overdoes our doesn't do at all.
niloy_mondal84: Great movie, must watch, Kapoor and Sons
naveen_shukla: ' Kapoor & sons ' is a beautiful film, love the way some of these new films are changing face of mainstream Hindi Cinema.
nava2022: kapoor and sons is a awesome moviel,must watch it!!!!!
natasha_2o1o: Finally watched Kapoor & Sons! It's freaking awesome! One of those movies where every performance is stellar. I absolutely love the
naiyyas: Kapoor & Sons is simply awesome. It's hilarious and has a story from which we can learn. Though wud luv 2 have a grandfather like Mr. Kapoor
Nadya_Zaidi: Kapoor and sons was SO beautiful and touching. It made me laugh and cry and the acting was incredible
ManishNaggdev: "Kapoor & sons" Beauty it is, a must watch,loved the film to the core.
LeMeShrewd: And yayyy. I watched Kapoor and Sons.
kavyakhanna123: Just came back from kapoor and sons it was beyond amazing loved it . love ya @aliaa08 @S1dharthM @_fawadakhan_
jayajha: Kapoor and Sons gets a thumbs up. And no - not just because of Fawad Khan :D
iShripalGandhi: All movies Rishi Kapoor acted in < Kapoor and Sons! @chintskap , you rock, Sir. *tips hat*
indiantweeter: Thank you for producing Kapoor and sons @karanjohar
imuskaang: EVERYBODY SHOULD WATCH KAPOOR&SONS! WHAT A GOOD MOVIE I LOVE HOW WE ALL CAN RELATE TO IT ON A CERTAIN LEVEL! IT DESREVES ONE WATCH ATLEAST!
iiiamsrkk: Kapoor and sons is one of the finest movie from @karanjohar ,every actor done a great job but Budda @chintskap stealed the show...
hemanginiamin: Grt..kapoor &sons...
harshgujrati1: Loved kapoor & sons. Siddharth,Alia,Fawad & especially rishi kapoor sir
gautideewani: Kapoor and Sons...Gotcha Whatay movie. Watched something like this after long. #Family #Drama #Emotions Can watch it anytime again!!!!
FEnil_SRK: Kapoor and sons is a good movie. Grt mixture of comedy, drama and emotions. It doesn't bore @DharmaMovies @S1dharthM @aliaa08 @_fawadakhan_
durjoydatta: Just watched Kapoor and Sons and it was pretty darn good. Recommended.
DP_RK_Holic: And finally the best film of the year thus far has to be Kapoor & Sons hands down. Far better and relatable than neerja n all!
Dilse_Harsh: Best Of this Year @S1dharthM @aliaa08.. Special Appreciation for #FawadKhan!! Beautiful shot and high with emotions #Kapoor&Sons.
DevanshuVekaria: Your movie Kapoor and sons is just awesome before the halftime of movie it was funny,romance but after it was totally emotional i loved it..
Deepakpal: Despite reluctance in my mind, yesterday I watched Kapoor and Sons. And it didn't disappointed me. Nice movie I must say.
CoolRuchir: Kapoor and sons is one of the best movies I watched till date!! It has every element a movie must have!!
coolgirl_hj: Kapoor & Sons.. A family drama full of emotions nd I liked it coz I love emotions nd I can very well relate wid dem, good music nd acting !!
catherine_likes: Kapoor and Sons was wonderful! Well written, well made, well performed :) Shakun really hit the dysfunctional family nail on the head #love
AtikaRehman: Kapoor & Sons is a wonderful film - a beautiful family drama which so many can relate to
asmaira08: Kapoor and sons is so frkn good.
ArtActivistNia: Saw Kapoor and Sons tonight. Would definitely see it again.
anushka_ftff: I liked Kapoor and Sons Not the way I like Taken,Tanu Weds Manu and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag But like Pyaar ka Punchnama
ankit9doshi: By the way - I absolutely loved Kapoor and Sons. Mainly for the performances. Fawad and Rishi Kapoor favourites in it.
anandnama: " Despite the bitterness, affections have somehow survived. It’s difficult to hold a grudge for too long..." parent..https://t.co/TZZVj4xj4m
acidithi: kapoor and sons - 10/10
Aaliaaslover1: Neerja took away my breadth and kapoor and sons took away my heart flims...of 2016 @aliaa08 @sonamakapoor @S1dharthM tough to select best..
Vidhya0211: Saw kapoor and sons yesterday. It was okayish. Couldn't stop looking at @_fawadakhan_
VerifiedDaru: So many people loved Kapoor and sons..somehow I thought it was okayish..anything wrong with me?
souravcfc: Strong performances, terrible subplots. Kapoor & Sons.
RTAluvzAfridi: Kapoor and Sons is ok.
Giasaysthat: Kapoor & sons was ok - Typical Bollywood drama with a sprinkle of modern day problems. However, Rishi Kapoor @chintskap stole the show!
ganeshLieToMe: Kapoor and sons was watched weekend very average movie indeed still don't know what role alia bhat has papa not role only
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