Kapoor & Sons magazine : Family drama at its best
Rahul (Fawad Khan) and Arjun Kapoor (Sidharth Malhotra) are brothers who live completely different lives in London and New Jersey.
There is a strong impression of Karan Johar in Kapoor & Sons, but that’s normal. After all, he is the producer of the film.
But what we didn’t expect was the finesse with which director Shakun Batra told a predictable story. You may think that Kapoor & Sons is a remake of some of Dharma Productions’ films, but the editing makes it a convincing 140-minute film.
Rahul (Fawad Khan) and Arjun Kapoor (Sidharth Malhotra) are brothers who lead completely different lives in London and New Jersey.
While Rahul has established himself as a successful writer, Arjun is still struggling to find his true calling. Back in Coonoor, his family includes three other members: Daddu (Rishi Kapoor), father Harsh (Rajat Kapoor) and mother Sunita (Ratna Pathak Shah). A phone call from Daddu, 90, brings the two brothers home.
It’s a dysfunctional family that doesn’t think twice before yelling at each other or throwing an angry box of cookies at each other. And no, they don’t do it for fun.
The scenario is gaining momentum. There are times when Batra releases the pressure, but only to prevent the safety valve from exploding. When you get to know the character of Rishi Kapoor, you immediately see his love for the theater, but you also see a method in his madness. His unbridled desire to watch porn cannot hide his desire for a family photo.
Unfortunately, his thirst for life is not contagious as Harsh and Sunita struggle to save their marriage. But it’s something that rests on trust, and breaking it off could mean permanent damage.
Things don’t always go well between siblings either, especially when the younger one has grown up in the shadow of a perfect and prosperous older brother.
The lively exchange we witness at the table is deeply rooted in their psyche and began years ago, before they realized what kind of monster was coming into their lives.
And now the elephant is in the middle of the room, but no one knows how to deal with it.
As the audience begins to laugh at the absurdity of a plumber caught in the middle of a family argument, the situation becomes so emotionally violent that they begin to realize how familiar it is.