Director: Shakun Batra
Actors: Rishi Kapoor, Sidhartha Malhotra, Fawad Khan, Alia Bhatt, Ratna Pathak Shah, Rajat Kapoor,
I did not want 3 idiots to be my first Bollywood review, speaking of 3 idiots be sure to come back and check out its review right here next week. There are a few things we all know about Indian movies.
1. They are very long in nature
2. Kissing hardly ever happens
3. There must be dancing.
Whatever expectations you have of this film, kindly shelf them. It is like nothing i expected to experience.
With that in mind, lets begin. Now when i read about Kapoor and sons i thought it would be a comedy but it turned out to be a drama with some comedic elements but largely it is a very detailed story, a tear jerker. I would say it is well scripted but you know? Language barrier.
The story revolves around the Kapoor family which is made up of two estranged brothers, Arjun the younger brother who has always lived in the shadow of his ‘perfect’ elder brother Rahul who is always seemingly loved and supported more than Arjun ever was. Their parents who who clearly fell out of love are barely holding back the flood gates of divorce and Dadu their 90 year old grandfather who is the life of the movie. Seriously that old man is awesome.
The brothers are called back home after Dadu suffered and survived a heart attack. All the pent up emotions, thoughts and feelings begin to bubble up giving the story life. There is a lot of family drama in the movie and I mean a lot of it including everything that makes family, family. Juicy secrets, big fights, happy moments and the struggle to stay a family. The more time they spend together the less they can hide their feelings from each other. Like a stone rolling downhill, that is the fuel that runs this emotional rollercoaster.
Normally if you are not Indian you would expect Bollywood to be extremely conservative with its chosen themes of discussion but more often than i have expected. They have challenged the very concept of religion, sexuality, marijuana and the very perfect idealism of what a family should be. Allowing me to affirm that Bollywood films are actually pretty damn good.
2 hours and 12 minute run time is no joke and after watching it you might want to call your family whoever they maybe and have a moment with them. IMDb rating is 8/10 which is the lowest it should receive. Definitely a must watch