Friday, September 19, 2014

Khoobsurat (2014) - Movie Review

Khoobsurat review Sonam Kapoor Fawad Khan

Khoobsurat is as clich├ęd as quirky coming together of lovers (and families) with contrasted upbringings.

While Sonam's unapologetically over-the-top act (mostly in the first half) takes some getting used to, she shows steely intensity and is rather endearing in a lot of other scenes.

Her excessively boisterous sense of style can pass for a young, 20-something but doesn't wash for her kind of profession. Or is it just me? Our blue-blood royal Prince Vikram Singh Rathore (Fawad Khan) impressively pulls off every bit of his act with swooning flair and restrained dignity.

Their chemistry is real and palpable. Their exchanges are fun and refreshingly enacted, particularly the scene immediately post interval. I also couldn't stop smiling at Sonam's brash yet innocent admission in a scene that comes towards the end "tumhe dekh kar gande khayaal aate hai."

Ratna Pathak plays the royal, snooty queen to near perfection but the character felt tad bit repetitive for bringing back memories of her famed Sarabhai vs Sarabhai's character. It has a cliched, uni-dimensional streak to it which is an overhang on an otherwise potentially strong role.

Aamir Raza Hussain (Shekhar Singh Rathore, the king) brings a graceful, natural ease to his role, which makes him a delight to watch. Kirron Kher charms and entertains as the loud Punjabi mother. Her timings are unbeatable.

The supporting cast does more for the film or even if as much, as the lead pair together.

Special mention to sound designers/supervisors who managed to address every subtlety, every nuance of a scene. 

With scant expectations, Khoobsurat turned out a pretty decent watch.

PS: Abhi Toh Party Shuru Hui Hai was cringe-evoking and a royal misfit in this sober setting.

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