Khoobsurat is a quirky, modern romantic comedy about what happens when a vibrant, hopelessly romantic physiotherapist meets handsome young Rajput prince who is the complete opposite of her and is engaged to someone else. It is a battle of values between two individually crazy families one that encourages discipline and self - restraint versus the other, which is all for spontaneity and open mindedness. Khoobsurat looks at universal themes: being able to love and respect yourself; and having to fight for the things you really want.
Khoobsurat is commendable to watch once with a bunch of friends, especially with girls. !!
September 19 th, 2014
Khoobsurat takes a few Hrishikesh Mukherjee tropes — the title of the director's much-loved hit, the lead character's name from his 1975 romance Mili—yet Shashanka Ghosh makes this 2014 movie his own. This is fairy-tale territory with a Princess Diaries hangover, but executed with humour and crackling chemistry.
And so is Sonam Kapoor complimented by one of the important characters in the film! The old man is appreciating the inner beauty here and that too in a matter of seconds after interacting with the spunky girl for the first time ever.
The viewers surely fall in love with not just her beauty but also the characterization which is really delightful in its own way. She tells and does what she feels like but her intent is not to be rude. She may be seen fooling around but then she is doing quite well in her profession too. She is pretty much as a girl who is modest, yet the kind whom you really want to cuddle up with.
Sonam Kapoor comes up trumps and gives undeniably what could be the best performance of her career so far. For someone who was mighty impressive in Raanjhanaa as well, this is pretty much saying a lot, but then worthwhile enough as Sonam plays it natural to the core and yet entertains well to keep the Bollywood commercial elements intact.
As someone who is hired in a royal mansion to treat the man who once drove the show, Aamir Raza Husain, there are challenges in the form of some khadoos family members, read ‘Rani sahiba' Ratna Pathak Shah and 'Yuvraj' Fawad Khan. And no, she doesn't go on a mission to win their hearts with her sweet little moves. She just stays on be herself, and it is only when she goes missing from the scene that the family realizes how much she had added to the fun element in their lives.
For starters, this is a true Disney movie, what with a fairy tale setting, courtesy a flawless production design by Shruti Gupte, who ensures that the ethos of the filmmaking company are pretty much retained in a Bollywood set up. A lot goes in there to keep it all moving, right from the costumes to the antiques to the furniture design and the works. Technically, the movie brings on some Hollywood elements, what with the background score just the kind that one would have witnessed in many a children-friendly Disney affair. Sonam is pretty much shown as a child only makes it all the more likable for kids.
However, most significantly it is the narrative of the movie that follows a Disney pattern. Director Shashanka Ghosh’s commendable story telling style and reinvents himself by keeping the entertainment quotient friendly enough for all age groups. Yes, he primarily caters to the classes, and that's acceptable since the makers are honest to the audience base they are reaching out to.
Hence, you chuckle along in most of the scenes when Sonam is on the move. Her romance with Fawad Khan is built well too and one has to give it to the debutant actor (in Bollywood) to not just look believable as a royalty but also hold his well in a part that has a prominent presence right through the course of the movie. His looks are an eye-fill for the women folk while his dialogue delivery is ideal too.
Kirron Kher is a riot in practically each of her scenes and she is there right from start till the end. Ratna Pathak Shah is fine but her constant 'angry old woman' act could have done better. Aamir Raza Husain could well have entered the stereotypical 'go young man, go' zone but thankfully that happens only in the end.
But, the movie could have been crisper in the latter portions of the second half once Sonam starts dealing with her heart break. The writer-director team tries to keep bringing the smiles back but not-so-successfully, particularly when Sonam disappears from the scene for a while. You just miss the kind of perkiness that had dominated the proceedings right through the first half of the movie and the beginning of the second half too. Gratefully, the climax doesn't end up at an airport and it is innovative at least, if not perfect. Still, the 'Party' song in the end as title credits start rolling ensures that you leave the hall satisfied.
However, this is a fun film with decent music. Sparks fly when Mili and Vikram brush up against each other, yet this is a Disney film with antiseptic emotions and sweetness spread like cupcake icing.
In general, it is commendable to watch once with a bunch of friends, especially with girls.