October 16 2018
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Kapoor & Sons (Since 1921) movie review

Quick Take

Kapoor & Sons is a great family drama – something that has been missing from the screen for a long time. It portrays a dysfunctional family in a way that does not feel overdone and continues to pull you in. A stellar performance by Rishi Kapoor as the morbid yet full of life Dadu is not-to-be-missed.

CASTRishi Kapoor, Fawad Khan, Siddharth Malhotra, Alia Bhatt, Ratna Pathak Shah, Rajat Kapoor
DURATION2 hours 20 minutes


Kapoor & Sons is a family drama revolving around two brothers – Arjun and Rahul. Both Arjun (Siddharth Malhotra) and Rahul (Fawad Khan) are writers settled abroad. While Rahul has got his book published and is comfortably settled in London, Rahul is a struggler.

 They come home to see their ailing dadu (Rishi Kapoor) and their lives take a turn from there.


Each character has its own story and own emotional crisis to deal with.

Arjun is the younger brother, who feels neglected and tries to be the ideal boy for his mother while Rahul is the favourite child who she wants to be the ‘perfect’ one. Fawad is the ‘perfect’ son who has his own problems to deal with.


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Alia is witty and charming while Fawad is brilliant. Siddharth too is above average. Rishi Kapoor outshines them all.


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Nestled in the beautiful scenery of Conoor, the movie portrays a dysfunctional family, where everyone has individual tensions revolving around the major tension between the mom Sunita and dad Harsh (Ratna Pathak Shah, Rajat Kapoor).

Both Harsh and Sunita are trying to save their marriage which might be hard owing to a betrayal, which the movie builds up to. Similarly, Arjun and Rahul share cold vibes and while Arjun is the more tolerant one, a twist in the plot could actually sabotage their relationship. Alia Bhatt plays the vivacious and flirty Tia, who unknowingly flirts with both brothers and also becomes one of the triggers for the rift between the two.

Rishi Kapoor as the Dadu just adds panache to the story.  You fell awe for him, whether he teases the nurses, lusts for porn or just wants a family photo.

The movie perfectly blends comedy into a family drama – whether it is a plumber caught in a family fight or dads trying to take a photo of how he looks dead.

Everyone has issues with each other and they all try to come together and drift apart again and again. This just tunes you into this family drama and you are waiting for what happens next.

We cannot give you the spoilers, but it is sufficient to say that you would be surprised at how this movie develops and creates space for itself.

Worth a watch?

Shakun Batra takes the Karan Johar formula and just twists it a little bit – It is more about coming together, rather than staying together as a family.

The result is a family drama  that you want to sit down and watch with your family. It has realistic conflicts and relatable characters and you are left with a warm feeling in your heart when you leave the theatre.

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