Movie Rating: ***
Cast: Sonam Kapoor, Fawad Khan, Ratna Pathak Shah, Kirron Kher, Aamir Raza Husain
Director: Shashanka Ghosh
Today’s release of film “Khoobsurat” featuring Sonam Kapoor and Fawad Khan is a remake of Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s 1980 film starring Rekha and the one that changed her Bollywood career for the best. But the new film sees in the lead role Mili (Sonam Kapoor) as a physiotherapist in Delhi, who is rushed to Rajasthan to treat the paraplegic Shekhar Rathore, Raja of Sambalgarh.
But the job seemed more than that necesitating a re-make of the film showing the picturesque surroundings of Rajasthan and the palatial buildings still in tact in this sand-stretched land of India. More than her job, she was forced to learn the rules of the palace people who are scorned at her childish or amateur live style.
The main tormentor being Nirmala Devi Rathore (Ratna Pathak) with her son Yuvraj Singh (Fawad Khan), who is under pressure to put up the best male practices of the household by focusing on his business, keeping in mind that he is engaged to a girl from Mumbai.
Soon Sonam Kapoor finds her companion in him despite his nature and soon she lets him take a look at the ordinary lifestyle that he is easily dragged into and spends more time with Sonam. His decision to call it quits with the tradition to give Sonam due role in his life that means finally getting the consent from the entire family to welcome her into the family.
Coming to the character play, Sonam Kapoor has put in her best effort though the story is an old wine in new bottle. Fawad Khan plays the character of a snobbish prince with elan and makes a mark despite it being his debut film in Hindi.
Ratna Pathak plays the typical ruler in the household while Kirron Kher fits naturally in playing the role of Punjabi mother who is light-hearted to convince others to see her reason. Being a re-make of a hit film, the expectations will be very high though the film gives relief from the modern trend of movies beset with violence and fights.
(Review By Sridhar Narsing)