If hunks like Siddharth Malhotra and Fawad Khan feature in the same trailer, which sane girl would miss it? I am completely sane, and I surely did not miss the trailer, nor did more than 5 lakh people who viewed it on Youtube. But what surprised me was not these incredibly dashing (did I mention hot?) actors but the trailer as a whole.
The movie has an interesting cast with Rishi Kapoor playing the role of a ‘quirky’ grandfather, Rajat Kapoor and Ratna Pathak of ‘the always at odds’ parents, Alia Bhatt as the girl that two brothers inevitably fall for, and Siddharth and Fawad as the cool brothers but with a baggage of their own.
The cast and crew of Kapoor and Sons (Since 1921)
The first half of the trailer is lively, humorous, and looks like a lot of fun, while the second half is more poignant and portrays a roller coaster of emotions. Bollywood has had its fair share of family dramas and love triangles, but this one seems different. Not only do the family fights come across as realistic and relatable, but the focus is also more on the issues of the brothers and family rather than developing into an offhand romance around which the family drama revolves.
The general rumor is that one of the brothers (probably the one played by Siddharth) will come out of the closet in the movie. The family scenes give us a sense of dysfunctionality that is present in all families. The easy camaraderie between the family members as well as their fights come off as very natural. It should not be assumed that it is a typical run-of-the-mill family with the same old dramas. At least, that is what the trailer is hinting at.
Rishi Kapoor asking a young man for his mother’s number is one of my favorite scenes from the trailer. Another favorite scene of mine is when Alia Bhatt calls Fawad ‘hot’ involuntarily. His expression at that moment is worth dying for. The bickering between Rajat and Ratna has typical husband and wife vibes and adds an element of entertainment that we all hope for in a movie.
The song “Ladki Kar Gayi Chull” is almost as popular, if not more, as the trailer. Originally, a part of the album released by Baadshah has been taken up as the official party number for the movie and reshot accordingly. This song gives us a further glimpse into the movie as we see Alia and Siddharth enjoying themselves at a party and kissing each other as a part of a dare. Whereas in the trailer, Alia’s character is seen kissing Fawad. Does it create suspense as to whom Alia’s character ends up with or if she ends up with anyone at all?
The trailer does cast some doubts too. The concept of a girl coming between two brothers is too old school, and I hope the movie does not spin off into that. Another fear is that it remains a generic family drama without anything new to it. We have enough of those and can happily do without one. The possibility of stretching the scene too far and making it so dramatic that it may come off as unrealistic.
But overall, it is an interesting trailer and has the face of a good movie that will be different, funny, thought-provoking, and emotional. Kapoor and Sons (Since 1921) intrigued me; what did it do you?