Sonam Kapoor's Khoobsurat featuring Fawad Khan opposite her, hits theatres on Friday.
Touted as a remake of Hrishikesh Mukerhjee's Khoobsurat (1980), the film's trailer also had similarities to Disney's 2001 film The Princess Diaries. Does Shashanka Ghosh match upto the fun Rekha's venture was?
Sonam Kapoor comes onscreen talking about her childhood dream of being a Disney princess and how Khoobsurat made it possible. Only then does the movie begin. That's actually a hidden warning -- this is another Aisha, produced by dad Anil Kapoor and sister Rhea Kapoor, this one's another attempt to make Sonam look like the princess she feels she is.
Milli Chakroborty (Sonam Kapoor) is a physiotherapist who travels with Kolkata Knight Riders for IPL matches and after the season ends, agrees to go to the royal family of Rathores to treat the king played by Aamir Raza Husain. She meets Prince Vikram Singh Rathore (Fawad) there and falls for him.
From poorly-established families to a lack of a proper climax to the film, the script of Khoobsurat proves to be a pain. The royal family is irritatingly doing nothing at all, except maybe for roaming around in empty rooms. The king seems the sanest of them all. He isn't doing anything as his movement is restricted by a wheelchair.
We do not expect Shashanka to match to Hrishikesh da's wit or Sonam to boast of Rekha's acting prowess, but the film could have been more tolerable.
Sonam's act is more irritating than convincing. Maybe Anil Kapoor should plan investing in her training rather than keep producing films like Aisha and Khoobsurat for her.
Ratna Pathak is convincing as the matriarch but Shashanka's film offers little scope for her skills. Amir Raza is wonderful as the king sidelined in his own house while Kirron Kher reprises her overdone role of the supercool Punjabi mom. Kher, however, has the best share among the few witty lines and punches that the movie has. Prosenjit Chatterjee, who plays Sonam's dad does justice to the role that has little to do except sit and listen to Kirron Kher, his wife.
Cyrus Sahukar, who plays Sonam's colleague and Fawad's friend has a small role, appearing only for few minutes, but the actor ensures his skills do not go unnoticed. One particular scene is especially worth mentioning -- Fawad (engaged to Aditi Rao) realises that he has fallen for Sonam and seeks Cyrus's help and the latter has some interesting advice. Cyrus tells Fawad, "So you have kissed your dad's doctor who stays with you, are now friends with her and now you've invited your fiancee to your house? How can you do that? That's cruelty against women!" |
Pakistani actor Fawad Khan effortlessly steps into the shoes of the boring prince fighting internal battles after he falls in love with the doctor (Sonam) visiting his house. Women and girls who have been swooning over him in the TV show Zindagi Gulzar Hai have a shirtless Fawad for treat.
Khoobsurat, nonetheless, has its high momnents as well. Sneha Khanwalkar's music is foot-tapping and fresh. Shashanka treates the audience with some brilliantly showcased frames and apt camera work.
Despite those, we aren't suggeting you should waste time and money on the movie unless you are indifferent to the lack of Sonam's acting skills and an overall lowering of standards for wits and jokes.