Movie Review: Khoobsurat
Khoobsurat is by far the most ‘realistic’ film to come out of Disney. There are no 3D effects, VFX or magic wands used in the film, but it has the ‘magic’ of love, silliness and family values. So it is more or less safe to say that Disney has made a smart entry into the world of Bollywood feature films.
The film could have easily gone into the ‘typical Bollywood’ space. What save it, is the unconventional and refreshing tunes of Sneha Khanwalkar. “Teri maa ka phone, meri maa ka phone”, anyone?
The Leading Man
Fawad Afzal Khan is easily the best import from Pakistan in recent times, and also the best debutante of the year. He gives a veteran like performance and somehow reminds us of a young Amitabh Bachchan. Tough outside, soft inside. It is his inherent gentleness that lends ‘gravity’ to the film, even during flimsy moments.
The Class of Royalty
You not only get a free tour of the magnificent palaces of Rajasthan, but also a glimpse of what lies beneath the majestic grandeur and sophistication of the Indian royals. Can you remember the last time any Bollywood film showing the royals as they really are?
The Star of the Film
Sonam Kapoor, of course. The biggest achievement of Sonam in this film is that she manages to make the audiences laugh. She is the perfect choice to play the role of a Disney princess. Her fan club is sure to increase after this film. A special mention should be made of Kirron Kher and Ratna Pathak Shah, who were excellent in their respective roles.
You don’t expect a Disney film to be intelligent and Khoobsurat isn’t one, but it entertains and that’s what matters the most. Go for it.