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Movie Review: Khoobsurat

��Khoobsurat�۪ is a remake of the Himesh Mukherjee 1980 classic film of the same name where an unperturbed unconventional girl enters an uptight and traditional household in the aim to bring some happiness into their lives. The trailers for this film promise the audience a colourful fest starring a very bubbly and energetic Sonam Kapoor and a calm and reserved debutante Fawad Khan. The songs for the film Engine Ki Seeti and Abhi Toh Party had already got the audience dancing to the film�۪s tunes. The promotions for the film had been equally colourful with every video and photo depicting the lead pair showing off the exuberant nature of the upcoming storyline.

'Khoobsurat' starring Fawad Khan & Sonam Kapoor
'Khoobsurat' starring Fawad Khan & Sonam Kapoor

Milli (Sonam Kapoor) is a physiotherapist who is unconventional is every sense of the word. From her treatment methods to her hurricane like nature, she is a stark contrast to the Rathores of Sambhalgarh. The rich royal family hire her to treat the Raja but little does Milli know that she is entering a wholly dysfunctional family where rules are more important than their relationships. Enter Prince Vikram Rathore (Fawad Khan) a straight laced man, who can�۪t stand Milli and her loud brash ways.

The film is an overall likeable story but the problem is that it is so predictable. It’s something in between a Disney film and Jane Austen novel with a hyperactive and clumsy heroine and an uptight and serious hero with an inevitable opposites attract scenario. Every character in the story is just a caricature, each only existing to bring some comedic value to every scene. That is the trouble as the film is so desperate to make the audience laugh that the storyline is secondary to this. They are stitched together in such a predictable way that the audience is never given time to invest in their outcomes and what happens to them.

Sonam Kapoor is too well styled to play the overly excitable Milli and in fact, in some scenes she overacts and is not entirely believable in her role. In contrast, Fawad Khan is perfect as the suave rich prince who has poise and charm in every scene he is in but it is a shame that his talent is not used to its fullest. Kirron Kher is brilliant as the down to earth Punjabi mother who has some great scenes making the audience laugh at loud in moments.

The real hero of the film has to be its rich setting which gives the common man, as Milli says it, an insight into the world of a Rajasthani royal family and the credit for this goes totally to the director Shashanka Ghosh. From the beautiful sumptuous palace to the artefacts placed carefully into each scene, they do make for great viewing on the big screen. The royal family are immaculately coiffed and their costumes are so elegantly made and the thought put into them is clear to see on screen. The song and dance bits of the film do lighten the mood of the film but they are completely non-relevant to the storyline.


��Khoobsurat�۪ is an easy watch but not one that needs a lot of thought or consideration for the characters. It will be good to see Fawad Khan in future films where his acting skills can be realised and used to his best ability.

��BizAsia Showbiz Rating: 2/5