It is rare when a Bollywood film lingers in Western theatres for more than a week; surprisingly, but more than worthy, “Kapoor and Sons” survived the seventh day elimination; blurring the lines between east and west the movie focuses on three generations of the “Kapoor” family, confronting issues pervasive in all cultures: love, rivalries, indiscretions, subterfuge; a family torn asunder, struggling, like so many families, in a humpty-dumpty world, striving to glue the pieces back together.
Patriarch “Dadu” ( legendary Rishi Kapoor) felled by a heart attack wants his grandsons to return for his ninetieth birthday; estranged brothers “Arjun Kapoor” (Sidharth Malhorta) and “Rahul Kapoor” (Fawad Khan) are mutually attracted to “Tia” (deliciously- dimpled Alia Bhatt). All is not well, or what it seems, on the home front. The boys parents “Harsh and Sunita Kapoor” (seasoned, sterling performances by Rajat Kapoor and Ratna Pathak) bleak, non-communicative relationship harbors distrust and massive unresolved issues; questionable choices have eroded a once sacrosanct love.
Director Shakun Batra skips sensationalism and predictability allowing viewers to come to terms with the “players”; the grey areas in the film heighten its entertainment value.
“Kapoor and Sons” imbued with solid, legitimate performances gift audiences a prescient example of the “ties that bind”.