Sonam Kapoor and Pakistani actor Fawad Khan come together for a remake of Rekha and Rakesh Roshan starrer Khubsoorat. Set against a royal background, is this story of a misfit meeting Price Charming worth a watch? Read on to find out...
What’s it about?
I have always felt that when a team of filmmakers and actors join forces to work on a remake they work under severe pressure of outshining or at least living up to the original film. I am certain that the makers of Khoobsurat also came together with the same baggage. After all, recreating a Hrishikesh Mukherjee classic is no child’s play. So the makers decided to keep the essence of the original film intact, by narrating the story of a misfit who is injected into a royal household and how she manages to infect the Rajasthan Royals (pun not intended) with her free-spiritedness. Sonam plays this misfit and Fawad is the hottest royal in the house. Though called upon to treat the king, the quirky physiotherapist annoys everyone in the house at first, but slowly teaches everyone to live ’khulke’. Prince Vikram Singh Rathod (Fawad) proceeds to be smitten by Dr Mili Chakravarty’s (Sonam) antics and though he is betrothed to another, he manages to find his happily ever after with the former.
Sonam Kapoor has been skewered by critics film after film for ‘just being a pretty face and not so much of an actress”. But with Khoobsurat she has salvaged her reputation although to put it in her words (she says this in the film) “improvement ka bahut scope hai”. Coming to Fawad, the debutante we all were looking out for; I certainly see him walking back home all smiles not just with praise but also promising movie offers. The actor knows his craft and given the space he is allowed in a women-centric film, he has shone brightly. The chemistry between the lead pair is so adorable that you will find yourself going ‘aww’ at their romance (or even feel your heart turn gooey.) I have to add that apart from the lead actors Khoobsurat wouldn’t have been half as entertaining had it not been for Ratna Pathak Shah and Kirron Kher. As the two polar opposite mommies, these veterans have not so surprisingly given solid performances. The additional elements like background score and music in the film are bang on, adding value to the overall fairy-tale quality of the film.
I could sense that director Shashank Ghosh was caving under the pressure of matching up to Hrishikesh Mukherjee. While the effort was commendable, the direction could have been better. There is a funny kidnapping sequence in the film which could have been the highlight of the film but it fell flat due to poor direction. What else bothered me about the film were the “almost-kisses” shared by Sonam and Fawad. In today’s day and age where actors are comfortable with onscreen lip-locks, the no real kissing policy followed in Khoobsurat came across as a little juvenile. But then again it worked in keeping with the fairytale-esque treatment of the film. My biggest qualm with Khoobsurat was how Sonam held back from giving an unrestrained performance. Though on the whole she is endearing, an uninhibited and wacky portrayal of a misfit would have left a lasting impression on the viewers...
Khoobsurat is entertaining, fun and paisa-vasool. If you have been wondering “what’s all the fuss about Fawad Khan?”, don’t miss this one!
3 out of 5
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