Kapoor & Sons is a story of two brothers from a rather dysfunctional family. They both befriend the same girl, and things get a little messy when jealousy creeps in. The film plays out over a weekend vacation the family takes together.Wikipedia
Kapoor & Sons Reviews
Sidharth brings to the table a loose-limbed pleasing vulnerability which he reveals slowly. Fawad plays his straight, and he doesn’t lift off the screen. Rishi gets some laughs in.
Shakun Batra’s sophomore effort is a finely, intelligently crafted film which stumbles because of its eagerness...
'Kapoor and Sons' is a film with soul that takes you back to your roots, reminding you how much you love your 'imperfect' family in the most perfect way. It reflects upon the changing times and yet holds the ground of family-love perfectly. It brings back the feeling you get while watching 'Kabhi Khush Kabhi Gham' sans over the top drama.
For the want of a better term, Kapoor & Sons is an emotional roller coaster. It’s a tear jerker for sure, but also features the intricacies of a middle class life.No dark secrets here, but the shock value is definitely there. You’ll love it for being spontaneous, precise, fast paced and well...lovable. A fantastic family drama after a long time.
...all credit goes to director Shakun, who holds together the cast like a perfect photo in an album. His sensibilities in this family drama will certainly set a new benchmark.
Kapoor & Sons is an absorbing layered family drama...
Director Shakun Batra keeps it all on a tight leash and skillfully mines the multiple conflict points as much for the humour inherent in them as for the dramatic frisson that they generate.Kapoor And Sons is intense and incisive in its observation of human inadequacies but is always entertaining.
...the direction, frequently evoking Monsoon Wedding, keeps things family-focused, with a moving camera and characters in meltdown. Wicked, witty and wise, Kapoor & Sons does Karan Johar proud.Because it's about loving your family - sharp edges and all.
This family may not be happy in the beginning, but you know there’s going to be a happy family shot in the end. This might be the new-age family drama, but the message is still the one Bollywood has drilled into us all these years – it’s all about loving your family.
The Kapoors are not a perfect family, but you will love and accept them with their flaws. Go watch this one.
...underneath all the brilliance of Kapoor And Sons, there lies the problem of the quick-fix solution. Half of Batra's film is a lesson in embracing the imperfections and searching for a proper solution to them. Therefore, when the story uses that very hasty, knee-jerk climax to get things in place, it comes across as a betrayal.
Kapoor And Sons is a modern-age family drama. It does not shy away from being emotionally soppy yet convincingly lovable. You could laugh, cry and smile through this one!
...makes for an excellent movie that you must watch with your entire family. This film is Beautiful kar gayi Chul!
Shakun Batra proves that there is no substitute for good writing – the story is compelling, the dialogues are well written and the casting is perfect. The music is refreshing and just blends in never disrupting the narrative.Watch ‘Kapoor & Sons’, it will make you laugh and cry and will leave you with a smile.
...is supple and smooth, with lots of rough edges and highs and lows. It's a perfect family movie.
Kapoor & Sons walks the tightrope between traditional Bollywood melodrama and a more evolved variant of the same, but its balance is all over the place. As a genuine tearjerker, I found it too superficial; as a study of characters, it felt a little incomplete. All I took away was a handful of warm and fuzzy moments. In most of them, a real-life Kapoor was present.
Audience Reviews for Kapoor & Sons
Won us over, Kapoors!
'Kapoor & Sons', until come anything else which is a better thing put together, is the best Hindi film of 2016. Yes, because of its deep writing, but also because of its heartwarmingly charming premise which is more consuming and absorbing than any family film Bollywood has made up. Its emotionally constructed and charming drama which lifts off in style and formation.
Shakun Batra proves that he weaves out the best family dramas possible, even though it is his directorial debut. Starring Alia Bhatt, Siddharth Malhotra, Rishi Kapoor, Fawad Khan, Ratna Pathak Shah and Rajat Kapoor, it's about a dysfunctional family- with conflicting thoughts, cnflicting emotions, conflicting interests (and love interests), and turbulent souls. But at the end, they are a family- they are happy when they are together, and when they aren't, they are broken. It's a genuinely to-heart story which deserved such a dazzling, fair of colours filmmaking. I'm going with 4 stars of 5 for 'Kapoor & Sons- since 1921'. It's a lovely film which sucks into you in a fun rhythm.
"Emotional drama which draws laughs in equal measure!!!"
Just a couple of hours more before arch rivals, India & Pakistan draw swords in Eden Gardens in the mother of all clashes. So before that high stakes match, I decided to check out "Kapoor & Sons" which coincidentally also focused on clashes but within the family. Actually whichever reviews that I had written for Bollywood movies this year, it's all been enactment of real life events, so I was looking forward to check out some light-hearted mirth for quite some time & this one seemed to fit the bill. So was it able to satiate my expectations???
Nestled in the lush green scenic beauty of Connoor was the house of Amarjeet Kapoor (Rishi Kapoor) & his family. He was a nonagenarian who was always upto some tricks to garner the attention of his son and daughter in law. Eventually, he suffers a heart attack and expresses his desire to see his estranged grandsons. Rahul (Fawad Khan) was the elder & was the personification of the perfect son with a successful career as a best selling author based in London. On the other hand, Arjun (Sidharth Malhotra) was struggling to make a name for himself to match his brother as he felt his parents harboured a soft corner for Rahul. Even their parents relationship was in rough waters as Harsh (Rajat Kapoor) & Sunita (Ratna Pathak) frequently fought over their finances and fidelity issues. Will this disharmonious family ever be able to resolve their arguments before it tears them apart???
The biggest positive of the movie is the realistic take on family problems without ever going over the top & we do actually feel for the characters. All credit for that goes to Shakun Batra, who did give us a rather distinct rom com in the form of "Ek Main Aur Ek Tu" a couple of years back. Over here, in the company of Ayesha Dhillon, he has weaved a script which is both hilarious & emotional at the same time. The manner in which the climax unfolds with numerous relationship issues does make us sit up for sure. With regard to the technical aspects, music has been done by a host of people with my favourite tracks being "Bolna" & "Buddhu Sa Mann". As for the visuals by Jeffrey Bierman & editing by Shivkumar Panicker, both of them have done a decent job.
Talking about performances, it's kinda difficult to rate them coz I felt all of them have done a wonderful job. Ratna Pathak was fantastic as she shows vulnerability & haughtiness with ease while Rajat Kapoor as always rocked. Fawad Khan is the one who actually got the meatiest role which had numerous layers to it and he has done a fine job along with Siddharth. Rishi Kapoor's prosthetics might not be exactly top notch but he brings the roof down with his hilarious one liners while Alia Bhatt did justice to her spunky role.
Verdict: With the T20 WC in full swing, the initial that the film might garner over the weekend will be affected for sure. However, at just 2 h it wont hurt to check this out as it would make you laugh & teary eyed over the course of the movie. In short, it is not thrilling as an Ind-Pak match but it does have its moments which deserves a one time watch!!!
A totally compelling family drama!!
Whoever said old-school is passé probably didn’t watch Kapoor and Sons.
Much in the vein of 2001’s Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Kapoor and Sons is a good old-fashioned tearjerker that plays to the gallery.
Where director Shakun Batra’s film stands out, however, is in its recognition of the need to draw a fine line between subtlety and saccharine vacuousness.
Well, for the most part, at least.
The film captures the ebbs and flows of modern Indian family life – in all its chaotic and tempestuous glory – with startling attention to detail.
Fawad Khan and Siddharth Malhotra play two brothers – one a well-established writer in London, the other a struggling wannabe author who works as a part-time bartender in New Jersey to eke out a living.
Both are summoned back to their home in the picturesque hill station of Coonoor where their grandfather (played by Rishi Kapoor) has recently suffered a heart attack.
Skeletons come tumbling out of never-before-discovered closets in the wake of the aforementioned family reunion, making this family question everything that it once stood for.
Where Kapoor and Sons really succeeds is in its rich character detailing – each of these people comes with his own baggage of lies, insecurities and desires.
It’s the perfect recipe for a feel-good familial drama, and Batra utilises this goldmine of emotions to create a well-textured tale of hope and redemption.
The performances are uniformly impressive, but it’s Rishi Kapoor’s heartwarming portrayal of an ageing family patriarch that stays with you long after the end credits have rolled.
Kapoor and Sons is certainly predictable, but it is also heartfelt, sensitive and deeply moving.
In short, it makes you believe in the power of family again.
Because sometimes, all you need in life is love.