Warning: Spoilers. Proceed with caution.
NOTE: This movie is not a love triangle. In fact, it is very far
from a love triangle. Saying more would ruin the movie.
The movie starts off with the elder members of the Kapoor family, Dadu- Amarjeet Kapoor (Rishi kapoor), Mom- Sunita Kapoor (Ratna Pathak), Dad- Harsh Kapoor (Rajat Kapoor), all having a meal together where Dadu fakes a heart attack as he is wonted to do in the past month. It ends up making Dadu actually have a heart attack which leads to the 2 sons Rahul (Fawad Khan) and Arjun (Sidharth Malhotra) being called back home.
Rahul is a successful writer and entrepreneur in London while Arjun is a struggling writer and part-time bartender, website designer and a host of other things. The problem should be clear. Rahul is successful, settled, and older, thus
loved more than Arjun, or so he thinks, which has always been a source of complex for Arjun. Enters Tia (Alia Bhatt) and the story starts, throwing out one revelation after another, both for the family and the audience.
At first glance, the story is like any other family drama, with a happy ending and a preaching undertone but that’s where Director Shakun Batra beats us all. He has managed to tell a family story without making it into a melodrama (And we should thank him for that!).
The family is definitely dysfunctional and has a hundred skeletons in the family closet, but all those skeletons have been brought out in a very real way. At no point in the story do you feel that it is a movie. It feels as if someone is narrating their real family story to you. It has no far-fetched scenes, and nowhere does the stardom of the actors overtake the story. The actors fade away ad leave only their characters, raw and naked to the audience and to each other to try and be whole again and make each other understand their problems and feelings.
Each scene has rings of brutal honesty and raw emotions and there is no glamour to fall back on. The entire movie is as authentic as home videos- with no embellishments to cover up any secrets. And secrets there are. Big, blindsiding and surprising secrets. Neither are their sides to take. You can’t root for anyone or hate anyone, just because of how real they are. Even the sad scenes make you smile, because you feel practically nostalgic- they are that real.
Everybody has something they can relate to in the movie- insecurity, loss, family, friendship, romance, humor, financial hardship, betrayal. Everything. At no point in the movie do you think that this is possible only in movies. it has been narrated and directed in such a way that it keeps you guessing till the end, and the end is not as typical as you may think. The honesty in the movie is almost tangible and the message of importance of family has not been thrust upon you as it generally is in family dramas. Instead, you are gently nudged in the direction of the emotions that you finally end up feeling once the curtains are down and you are left with an impossible happiness that here is a movie that understands humans.
Thank you Aliya, Siddharth and Fawad for giving us something as beautiful as this movie. For those of you who haven’t watched it yet, what are you waiting for? Go and thank us later!