Family. An unchosen group of individuals we are born to live and interact with. We generally have a love-hate relationship with family, but they also form a core social support system that is always there and never disappears. Explore and experience all this and more in Karan Johar’s latest production Kapoor & Sons (Since 1921).
Kapoor & Sons revolves around a crazy family consisting of a horny, fun-loving octogenarian (Rishi Kapoor), a disgruntled middle-age couple (Ratna Pathak Shah and Rajat Kapoor), and a pair of attractive brothers (Sidharth Malhotra and Fawad Khan) who believe they couldn’t be more different from each other. Also in the mix is Tia (Alia Bhatt) who gets trapped in the midst of the Kapoor family drama.
Kapoor & Sons can be termed a sentimental romantic comedy, but at its core, it is a film about relationships and the importance of maintaining them. The family dynamics and interaction patterns within the family unintentionally create insecurities in all the characters that prevent them from freely expressing their feelings, worries, and desires. Naturally, these insecurities manifest themselves in the form of arguments and fights that often break out within the Kapoor household typically sparked by the Kapoor parents, Harsh (Rajat Kapoor) and Sunita (Ratna Pathak Shah).
Another essential aspect of this film is the sibling rivalry between Arjun (Sidharth Malhotra) and Rahul (Fawad Khan), which starts with favoritism of one child over the other but evolves into so much more. There are many positive and negative sibling moments – such as when Arjun teaches Rahul to drive and the resulting consequences – that are identifiable and relatable. Needless to say, Sidharth and Fawad’s chemistry as brothers is absolutely brilliant.
Set in the backdrop of beautiful tea estates, the film’s cinematography by Jeffery Bierman is unique and edgy for a Dharma Production. The lush greenery of Coonoor makes certain scenes all the more picturesque in this rom-com. Complementing the cinematography is Shakun Batra’s direction, which is subtle and realistic. The plot is full of twists and turns, most of which occur in the second half, yet it seemed like the film could have been somewhat shorter.
Kapoor & Sons features a superb cast and fabulous acting by all. Rishi Kapoor perfectly essays a tech-savvy octogenarian with unfulfilled desires. The grandfather-grandson bonding moments between Daadu, Arjun, and Rahul are fantastic. While Sidharth and Alia have certainly improved as actors from their debut film 4 years ago, Fawad Khan steals the show in this film. His frustration as Rahul comes across beautifully in many scenes, and viewers are able to empathize with his character’s struggles in the film.
Final Verdict: Kapoor & Sons is a film about gratitude, loving, and valuing your family no matter how crazy they are. Whether you have a family or not, you will definitely be able to relate to something this film.