Director: Shakun Batra
Cast: Rishi Kapoor, Fawad Afzal Khan, Sidharth Malhotra, and Alia Bhatt
A dysfunctional family, ageing parents, two handsome sons, a naughty grandpa and the orphaned and independent damsel; looks like we know the plot line too well. But, it’s a pleasant diversion from the much expected love triangle that we anticipated between the brothers. It guarantees more laughs than anything else, a more realistic approach to wounded families than the unnecessary dramas made. As you watch the movie, you see the happy but disturbed family trying to stay together as one for a grandfather that is planning his death face vicariously.
Siddharth plays the younger son, a struggling writer trying to make a living for himself, bartending in a club. The elder brother played by Fawad is a mature young man, an established author looking for an inspiration and story for his next book. While the brothers are shown having some unresolved grievances, there are times in the course of the movie where we just want to talk and hug it all out.
Moments are strung together so well that the movie comes off as light hearted comedy with the correct amount of emotions, well balanced and not in-your-face. It touches subjects of sexuality, insecurity, favoritism, expectations and all that we witness in our day to day lives and families. The songs just brush past you as they are relevant but not vital in the story. The role played by Alia doesn’t seem to be of any significance with her just being a pretty face which we did not need as much, most of us drooling over Mr. Khan.
Verdict: A must watch for the mischievous grandfather (brilliantly played by Rishi Kapoor), the unadulterated family spectacle and the the two agreeably good looking men.
Written by: Varsha Abhay