Kapoor & Sons is currently the second most critically acclaimed film of 2016. The reviews are as good as Akshay Kumar’s Airlift which also received average critic rating of 3.7 stars. Only Neerja has received better reviews this year.
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Kapoor & Sons Review by Indicine
Kapoor & Sons is a bittersweet quirky film which entertains from the first frame to last and takes the viewer of a familial tour-de-force. There are funny moments, relatable moments, moments of anger and sadness. Kapoor & Sons ends up becoming the most atypical and yet a quintessential Dharma Productions movie. It just works. The casting plays a huge part in making the movie work. If you have been looking forward to a good film, watch Kapoor & Sons. It will work as a welcome break from the high voltage T20 World Cup action.
Kapoor & Sons Review by Bollywood Hungama
KAPOOR & SONS happens to be director Shakun Batra’s second film as a director, (the first film being EK MAIN AUR EKK TU). With KAPOOR & SONS, Shakun Batra has taken a gigantic leap as a director. He delivers a film that doesn’t look like fictional movie, but a true life tale of every family. Barring a few scenes (in the second half), Shakun delivers one of the finest products in the form of KAPOOR & SONS, a new-age film that can easily be termed as one of the finest films of the year. His direction is such that it feels like the camera is just following the characters while they go about with their lives. While the film’s first half sets the tempo and the mood, it’s the second half that acts as a huge ‘revelation’ in the true sense of the word. One has to give it to Shakun for being successful in dodging the ‘suspense’ till the end. A very proud and a well deserving pat on the back to the film’s writer Ayesha Dhillon and also Shakun Batra for ‘gifting’ a film that the audiences will never forget. The film’s screenplay is brilliant. This duo should be applauded for the way they have sketched every single character and their respective quirks. The humor is very well weaved in the film.
Kapoor & Sons Review by Manjusha Radhakrishnan on Gulfnews
Alia Bhatt, who plays the winsome Tia, is instantly likeable. Rishi, as the naughty granddad, is cute for most parts, but turns stoic towards the climax. His make-up was distracting. The expectations hoisted on being the perfect child in an Indian family are wonderfully told in this film. Kapoor & Sons flourishes as a unit and is the sum total of mature performances by the entire Kapoor clan.
Kapoor & Sons Review by Mehul S Thakkar on Deccan Chronicle
As for the performances, lets begin with Rishi Kapoor, every line of his will make you roll on the floors. His scenes with his 2 grandsons, Rahul and Arjun merge the thoughts of the old and the younger generation beautifully. Alia Bhatt (Tia) is so spontaneous that it is a delight to watch her everytime she comes on screen. Sidharth has proved that he is only getting better with every film. With this film, he is far more convincing in scenes where his character needs to emotionally express himself. Fawad Khan’s roller coaster ride with his mother (Supriya) is one of the highlights of the film. Rajat Kapoor is the more matured Kapoor when it comes to handling personal turmoil and his restrained act is commendable. But all credit goes to director Shakun, who holds together all of this like a perfect winning trophy. His sensibilities in the family drama genre will certainly set a new benchmark.
Kapoor & Sons Review by Sreeju Sudhakaran on Bollywood Life
Kapoor & Sons 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 under his banner after a long time. Watch it for those sweet moments, watch it for the tear-jerking moments, watch it for the fantastic performances, especially by Fawad Khan and Rishi Kapoor…just watch the damn thing! And yes, with a box of tissues please…
Review by Dhriti Sharma on Zeenews
‘Kapoor and Sons’ begins with laughter punches, beautiful locales of Coonoor, lush green backdrop and easy storyline. However, the plot grows intense with breaks and turns that keep you entertained. Alia-Fawad chemistry overrules Alia-Sidharth’s, however, the latter shine towards the end.
Review by Saibal Chatterjee on NDTVMovies
On the acting front, Fawad Khan steals the show with an impressively modulated, confident performance as an achiever condemned to perpetually carry the burden of expectation and hide his true self behind a wall of falsehoods. Siddharth Malhotra pales a touch in comparison because his character is less layered. But within the limitations placed on him by the script, he never fails to put his best foot forward. Alia Bhatt lends the free-spirited and fun-loving Tia impressive malleability. In the emotional scene in which she reveals a tragic turning point in her life, she switches gear effortlessly. Rajat Kapoor and Ratna Pathak are in fine fettle as the jaded man and wife who have drifted apart irretrievably. Rishi Kapoor, notwithstanding the overdone prosthetic makeup, is perfect in the guise of the full-blooded nonagenarian that nothing can stop. Kapoor And Sons is a winner all the way.
Review by Lokesh Dharmani on Masala
Kapoor And Sons is devoid of such magic. The Kapoors make a dysfunctional family with real problems: leaking taps, depleting finances, ailing grandfather, a love triangle and Bollywood’s favourite trope, an extra marital affair, all of which converge and nearly resolve in a superlative emotional climax that will cause a tsunami in your eyes.
Review by Shubhra Gupta on Indian Express
Sidharth Malhotra brings to the table a loose-limbed pleasing vulnerability which he reveals slowly. He makes something of his part. Fawad plays his straight, and he doesn’t lift off the screen. Rishi gets some laughs in, but has to struggle against the heavy prosthetics. The two people who kept me watching all the way were Rajat Kapoor and Ratna Pathak Shah : they play long-time partners in a marriage gone sour, and create a relationship which has enough strength and weaknesses that you want to know more about.
Review by Martin D’Souza on Glamsham
Alia Bhatt brings life onto the screen with her effervescent act. Her character takes a turn towards the end and the Bhatt babe superbly essays her range of emotions. Sidharth Malhotra and Fawad Khan both put in a fine performance as the brothers always getting at each other. Fawad, doted upon by his parents, is the son who can do no wrong, while Sidharth, is the enfant terrible.
Review by Rohit Vats on Hindustan Times
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.
Review by Sukanya Verma on Rediff
Unlike its run-of-the-mill soundtrack, the writing, especially the astutely written lines that reveal everything in between if you can only read is another thing I liked about Kapoor & Sons. What impressed me most though is how the tenderness under the tempers comes through. Despite the bitterness, affections have somehow survived. It’s difficult to hold a grudge for too long around a brother, a parent. You just accept what the other person is, believes the film. Sometimes when life offers you a lollipop instead of change, you see the joke in it and zoom ahead.
Review by Jaidev Hemmady on Movietalkies
What works for Kapoor & Sons is the fact that the story treatment is quite realistic and the story flows smoothly without any hiccups (atleast in the first half). Shakun Batra deserves a pat on his back for weaving an emotional drama without resorting to any histrionics. Furthermore, the fact that most of the characters are flawed in some or the other way, makes them more likeable and real for us. However, the second half of the film tends to drag a bit and is somewhat predictable at times. But because Batra has put his heart and soul in this movie, we shall forgive him his indulgences.
Review by Ananya Bhattacharya on India Today
However, 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. Jeffery F Bierman’s camera captures the essence of Coonoor in the best way possible. A middle class family in a small town, sons who stay abroad, the beauty of the sun setting on the hills… Connoor comes alive in Kapoor And Sons, thanks to the cinematography.
Review by Shubha Shetty-Saha on Mid-Day India
This film is produced by Dharma Productions along with Fox. It is heartening to see Karan Johar’s film family having grown up enough to get out of their bubble and face some tangible issues. Thankfully, there is no Kantaben and so no treating someone’s sexuality flippantly either. Watch this. It might remind of your own family issues and make you a bit squirmish but is also largely feel good and entertaining.
Review by Harshada Rege on DNA India
While the characters are refreshing, we wish the pace of the movie was better. The movie has some genuinely funny moments – like the one where the family is having a huge fight over finances while a plumber is at work. When it’s time for payment he says ‘pay what you think would be right in these financially trying times’. However, at other times, the humour does seem forced.
Review by Srijana Mitra Das on The Times Of India
Kapoor & Sons’ star is its story. This is an entirely real family, full of uncomfortable secrets, awkward jealousies and sharp pain, where brothers steal, parents cheat, siblings suspect and ‘perfect bachchas’ don’t have perfect love-lives. This is a family with its make-up off, screaming through hilarious situations – a sequence involving a plumber is side-splittingly good.
Review by Sameeksha on IBNLive
Apart from the stellar starcast, one who truly deserves the applause is the film’s director Shakun Batra. His fresh take on the familial relation in today’s time is relatable. You know a director has done his job well when the plot never misses the line it has been build upon. Neither is it ever overshadowed by the presence of so many stars. Yes there is a love story, but it never overpowers the basic intention of the film. It is ust like a sub-plot, another space altogether weaved smartly with the troubled family.
Review by Kunal Guha on 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. This film takes an alternate KJo route, to say that it’s all about accepting and forgiving your family. Sure, you didn’t get to pick one, but now that you’re stuck with one, accept it. Like a mole on your forehead, it’s distracting, embarrassing and obnoxious, but it’s all yours.
Review by Sonia Chopra on Sify
This is a film that celebrates the dysfunctional family, gamely accepting it as a part of reality, with each member uniquely glorious with all their idiosyncrasies and imperfections. The film suitably ends on a note that is symbolic of most families; at least the more interesting ones- they are all perfect in their imperfections.
Kapoor & Sons Review by Indiaglitz
‘Kapoor & Sons’ is a decent, neat and a clean family drama which will be loved and connects with everyone who loves films from this genre. The youngsters might feel a bit let down after the initial part of the film, while others will enjoy this film as it touches the family nerve inside them.
Review by Manisha Lakhe on Nowrunning
It’s when the second half begins that the conflicts between the characters surface stronger and hit harder. You begin to lose your empathy with the character you chose to identify with in the first half, and simply watch. And that’s where you notice in order to sort out the conflicts, they completely sideline the heroine, who sort of made the first half such a happy place. The action concentrates inside the house and everything explodes, leaving you unhappy that the heroine was simply given a short shrift and moved out of the picture. Aalia Bhatt, though still looks too young to be playing the role of an adult, makes you smile and makes you nod your head at her actions. Yes, the girls in the audience all want to tell Fawad Khan he’s hot, and then even kiss him, drunk or not. But the second half sees nothing of her. And that’s a pity. Ratna Pathak Shah is simply brilliant as the mother, the hurt wife, the sharpish daughter-in-law. Rajat Kapoor is probably used to playing the role of the dad that he’s played a hundred times before. He’s that comfortable. Fawad Khan and Siddarth Malhotra are really, really suited for the roles of brothers.
Review by Subhash K Jha on Bollyspice
Like the family it penetrates, Kapoor & Sons neither purports to be a perfect nor a seamless family drama. It does something far valuable. It takes all the flaws and imperfections of a dysfunctional family and transcreates them into a drama of muted grievances and unspoken recriminations. And Rishi Kapoor’s ‘Daadu’ act makes you forgive all the flaws of immaturity evident in some of the pivotal performances.
Review by Meeta on Wogma
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.
Average critic ratings of other movies released in 2016
- Teraa Surroor – 1.7 stars
- Jai Gangaajal – 2.3 stars
- Zubaan – 2.6 stars
- Tere Bin Laden Dead Or Alive – 2.3 stars
- Aligarh – 3.6 stars
- Bollywood Diaries – 2.5 stars
- Neerja – 4 stars
- LoveShhuda – 2 stars
- Ishq Forever – 1.4 stars
- Fitoor – 2.3 stars
- Sanam Re – 1.6 stars
- Ghayal Once Again – 2.4 stars
- Sanam Teri Kasam – 1.6 stars
- Saala Khadoos – 2.6 stars
- Mastizaade – 1 stars
- Airlift – 3.7 stars