What if a free-spirited bird gets trapped into a gloomy cage. Well, the little bird will surely get chocked. Unlike Shashanka Ghosh's bird, which is as lovable as a Tweety cartoon, make things favorable for itself under any situation and amuses us at large.
Stars- Sonam Kapoor, Fawad Khan, Ratna Pathak, Kirron Kher
Director- Shashanka Ghosh
Music director- Sneha Khanwalkar, Badshah and Amal Malik
New Delhi: What if a free-spirited bird gets trapped into a gloomy cage. Well, the little bird will surely get chocked. Unlike Shashanka Ghosh's bird, which is as lovable as a Tweety cartoon, make things favorable for itself under any situation and amuses us at large.
Dr. Milli Chakravarty (Sonam Kapoor) who is a physiotherapist and has worked with IPL team KKR is given an assignment to treat the paraplegic Raja of Sambalgarh, Rajashthan. Now here we go. A happy-go-lucky Delhi-based girl (not from South Delhi as Raja's wife wishes the therapist should be) lands in Raj Mahal where everyone lives a disciplined life and laughing or smiling is like an alien activity for them.
So, she finds Shekhar, a wheel-chaired old father who gulps wine every then and now, a strict as Hitler mom Nirmala Devi Rathore (Ratna Pathak), a trapped daughter and an always busy on his android and in business meetings son Vikram Rathore (Fawad Khan).
Now how Milli breathes and battles it out in this big cage and brings a different fortune with her chirpy attitude during her stay for the lame father, Shashanka narrates a beautiful love tale through Khoobsurat.
The narration may sound unusual and predictable on papers but despite that Shashanka's Khoobsurat is royal at heart and entertaining at large.
While watching this if you can't believe you are smiling on Sonam's attempt to bring a drastic change in an over-restraint Thakur family, blame it on yourself because you don't want to accept it. Shashanka tries his best and makes all possible endeavors in making things apt and sets them at right place minimizing the chances of being complained for the expected narration.
The Royal misfit actually can fit perfectly is unbelievable. The director has a good hold on the screenplay, which initially gives you same old déjà vu affection but as and when it progresses, the story becomes tempting.
Yes, you can blame the departure where Ghosh just struggles to give a suitable ending but till then the roller coaster ride has done the job.
What the director mostly uses as his assets, are actors and their silent moments. After watching, it is needless to say that Khoobsurat is particularly one such love story that would be recalled for Sonam and Fawad.
Their interaction is portrayed so skillfully that nobody has anything to complain but to adore the glorifying feels that's the outcome of the hushed moments they share. The shyness and the hesitation among duo melt frame by frame.
The intensity, which has no place for wildness but just needs to be sensed, is affectionate. Director's innovation in the form of inner voices of the two takes a special accentuation in the flick.
The beautiful surroundings set by cinematographer Tushar Kanti Ray add to the colourful romance while the brilliant background score by Simab Sen touches the right chord.
Kirron Kher and Ratna Pathak's support give Khoobsurat the required momentum. Kirron Kher as Sonam's big mouthed mother is delightful. She mostly seen in an online chat session with her onscreen daughter; Kirron is still capable of tickling your funny bone.
Ratna Pathak suits her Sarabhai vs Sarabhai like character in this film. She displays the required strictness effortlessly.
Sonam Kapoor is charming as a vivacious physician. Her act for an always excited-for-fun girl is effortless while her chemistry is attention-grabbing with Fawad Khan who shows patience, discipline in equal measures. For those who haven't seen his serial ‘Zindagi Gulzar Hai' get ready to fall in love for this new star. Fawad's expression speaks more than his words and that's where he looks more commanding in.
Music by Sneha Khanwalkar, Badshah and Amal Malik is good. The songs are not served in abundance but wherever placed they perfectly accompany the scenes.
I'll go with three stars for ‘Khoobsurat', which despite its predictable narration is a joy to watch.