“Kapoor & Sons — since 1921” isn’t about the dynastic family of Hindi movie directors, actors and producers. But it does star one of them, Rishi Kapoor (son of Raj, father of Ranbir), who heavily (and skillfully) made up playsthe character ‘Dadu’, the about-to-be-90 paterfamilias of a clan made unhappy by the usual secrets and lies and long-cherished grudges.
Kapoor & Sons is a dysfunctional family story which doesn’t think twice before yelling or throwing an angry cookie jar at each other. There’s a strong Karan Johar (Producer’s) impression in the movie.
Directed by Shakun Batra, the movie starts as a comedy of family dysfunction. Dadu, who enjoys playacting his death, has a real heart attack. Therefore, a call about 90-year-old Daddu brings the family back together — to Coonoor, a hill station in the state of Tamil Nadu, his Diaspora grandsons - Rahul (Fawad Khan) and Arjun Kapoor (Sidharth Malhotra) are brothers living entirely different lives in London and New Jersey. Rahul, is a successful novelist from London, and Arjun, an aspiring novelist from New Jersey. Arjun is angry at his brother for stealing his ideas, feels like a chronic also-ran, and with good reason. While, Rahul is frequently proclaimed the perfect son by his mother.
That older generation has its own problems - Papa (Rajat Kapoor), has money trouble, and all signs point to him having an affair. Mama (Ratna Pathak) is restless and angry. Rajat Kapoor and Ratna Pathak Shah had infact played a 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.
‘Kapoor & Sons’ seems to have taken to heart that famous Tolstoy line - “all happy families are alike, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way”, in the way it chooses a specific kind of unhappiness for each member of the Kapoor family.
Experts have call the script as “watertight,” the storytelling “remarkable” and the editing “crisp”, with overall good compliments for the film and its cast. No wonder, the movie records 2nd highest opening weekend and at the overseas box office also, the movie is breaking some records.