Despite not having had a very long running promotional campaign, Shakun Batra’s ‘Kapoor & Sons’ managed to generate quite the hype for the opening weekend.
Movie theatres were packed with families throughout the weekend and the film managed to rake in Rs36.5 million. But once seated in those movie theatres, it turned out that the film delivers something entirely disengaged from what one would expect having seen the ‘feel good’-esque trailers of the film.
What generated hype as a slice-of-life drama, turned out to be a film centered around soap opera levels of drama instead. While the storyline did make feeble attempts to maintain coherence, the sub-plots would often get lost behind the argument scenes that over-saturate every story-arc in the film. The central story-arc of the film, the love triangle between the characters of Arjun Kapoor (Sidharth Malhotra), Tia Malik (Alia Bhatt) and Rahul Kapoor (Fawad Khan), introduces twists and turns that would fail to enthrall even the most inexperienced of movie goers.
As attractive as the film seemed with its scenic locations in Ooty, light colour schemes in set designs and wardrobe designs, unique but minimalistic graphics and a light-hearted soundtrack, it completely misrepresented the subject matter of the film.
The soundtrack too, once you get into watching the actual film, turned out to be of no substance. While the background score lacked any sort of impact to say the least, the song sequences had commercial and rudimentary compositions which were poorly placed and executed.
The only redeeming factor of ‘Kapoor & Sons’ other than the aesthetic choices was the performances of the actors. While Alia Bhatt gave an average performance, as usual, Sidharth Malhotra did a surprisingly convincing job playing a struggling and brooding writer. Most notable was Fawad Khan and Ratna Pathak Shah’s intense chemistry as they do a mother-son pair up for the second time since ‘Khoobsurat’.
While ‘Kapoor & Sons’ is not something that is worth even a one-time watch, fans of intense dramas might still enjoy it. One should definitely think twice before investing their free time into a movie such as this.