Film: Khubsoorat

 

Director: Shashanka Ghosh

 

Cast: Sonam Kapoor, Fawad Afzal Khan, Kirron Kher, Prosenjit Chatterjee, Ratna Pathak and Aamir Raza Hussain

 

Storyline: The film is the remake of Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s 1980 film Khoobsurat, which had Rekha as the female lead. Sonam plays a role of Mili, who lives in Delhi and is a physiotherapist by profession. She is born and brought up in a happy-go-lucky atmosphere. She is a believer of fairytales and dreams of his prince charming.

 

Mili is sent to Rajasthan to treat the paraplegic Shekhar Rathore, Raja of Sambalgarh. She discovers that there is an unsaid, unspoken competition of snobbery with a grumpy wheelchaired father, a strict and disciplinarian mom, a frustrated daughter and a busy son. 

 

Over the course of her stay in the mahal, Mili charms the Rathore family, especially young Yuvraj Singh Rathore (Fawad Khan) - with her free spirit and funny antics which becomes the reason of Rathore family’s separation. And this is time of test for Yuvraj’s love for Mili.

 

 

Review: Everyone has been wondering if this new version could touch a Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s classic, but the film didn’t ruin the old film's charm so badly. Unlike the earlier version, Khoobsurat is more about the young couple’s love story.

 

Here we have the pretty, spontaneous girl Mili, bursting with energy and wearing gorgeous clothes, falling for the dark, reserved and drop dead handsome prince Vikramjit, who lives in a palace. Who wouldn't fall in love with such a story? But wait, does it have to be so simplistic that you can predict every move, every step that each of the characters are going to take? Those familiar with innumerable rom-coms being churned out of Hollywood mills would know that this script held no surprise, no twist, no nothing. A little more thought put into the script would have worked wonders for this beautiful film. Yes, 'Khoobsurat' is beautiful on the outside, with excellent production quality and it actually transports you to a fantasy world full of silverware, antiques and palatial opulence.

 

Sonam Kapoor plays the clumsy Mili and manages to impress occasionally. Her chic looks, blatantly loud acting, undeniable star presence and a gorgeous, infectious smile works well for her in the film. One thing girls especially will admire is the abundant efforts put towards the costume styling.

 

When we talk about the new guy in Bollywood – Fawad Khan, it is useless to discuss his acting skills. We have seen that in his serial Zindagi Gulzar Hai and his other soaps and Pakistani films. After watching this movie, you’ll come to know that why all the girls are going ga-ga over Fawad because he really has talent with great looks. He looks ever so charming and impresses the audience with his subtle mannerisms. He fits perfectly in the role of a snobbish Prince who secretly falls in love with the chirpy physiotherapist.

 

As the endearing and softhearted father-in-law, Ashok Kumar was a darling in the original, and thankfully, theatre actor Amir Raza Husain, who plays his counterpart here, comes close. Like Ashok Kumar's character, you wish to have someone like Husain in your family too.

 

Ratna Pathak Shah tries her best to fill in mommy’s big shoes (Dina Pathak) as she plays Niramala Devi but suffers heavily from the Sarabhai hangover. Kirron Kher, despite her innumerable Punjabi mom performance, does evoke a few hearty laughs. She gets the best lines in the film and she does full justice to the role.

 

The music composition by Sneha Khanwalkar have so far entertained us. Apart from funky songs such as Engine Ki Seeti, Maa Ka Phone, there are also soulful songs like Naina and Preet. Debutant director Shashanka Ghosh does a decent job of presenting a fantasy tale, but wish it offered a little more than what was expected from this film even before entering the theatre. Fairy tales are fantasies served with candyfloss. 'Khoobsurat' aims to be just that, only it is less creative fantasy and dripping more of sugary syrup.

 

If you wish to watch a light hearted time pass film, then this one would not be a bad choice.

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