A blind critic reviews Kapoor & Sons
March 24, 2016
A blind perspective:
Kapoor & Sons is an ultimate real family movie, teaching us to love our imperfect family perfectly. The broken family consisting an elder son tagged as 'perfect', younger son as 'runner up' in a siblings' race, parents straightening the strings of their marriage and the heart of the family, a 90-year-old, full of life Dadu. He brings the laughs with his hilarious lines 'Sorry, bhains' and using his grandson's 'iPapad'. At the same time, his desire for a family photo keeps the family and audience well connected till the end. Tia Malik (Alia) plays well the otherwise bubbly and sometimes emotional character.
Being visually impaired, we required the explanation from our sighted friend to laugh with Dadu's funny but silent expressions. Blind audience cannot even imagine a kissing scene in between very urban yet restrained and suitable language for Coonoor. It's hard to get connected almost with every scene due to constant changes in scenes and the locations. VI audience will lose their track after songs as they are continuance of the movie and not for a particular scene. All the silent scenes revealing the other side of the characters detached us from the movie. You could laugh, cry and smile through this modern-age, lovable family drama. But you'll certainly feel audio description missing throughout the movie!
A sighted perspective:
Kapoor & Sons is a family drama film starring Alia Bhatt, Fawad Khan, Rishi Kapoor, Ratna Pathak, Rajat Kapoor and Siddharth Malhotra. It shows what happens when secrets are kept in a family. It has its fun-filled moments mixed with tragedy. Rishi Kapoor and Alia Bhatt give an excellent performance. It is certainly her best performance to date. The film talks about things we don't talk about in our daily lives. For this reason, it is a must-watch: to reflect on our daily lives and openly talk about things that matter to us. The film manages to talk about these things while being entertaining and without getting preachy.
I watched this film with two visually impaired friends. Since the film was dialogue-driven, it was comparatively easier for me to explain the scene visually. But still, there was a need for audio description, which would have made the experience so much better.