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Khoobsurat | 2014 Hindi Movie | Personal Reviews

Some movies are made so nicely and hence are fit into people’s memory in such a manner that it is not good to play with them by re-making of the same. If remakes are not made we don’t have Ram Gopal Verma Ki Aag as the remake of Sholay, for example. However if remakes are not made we also didn’t have a chance to watch Mother India which is remake of Aaurat by the same film maker Sohrab Modi.

Remake is also considered as safe bat by many makers as they are proven success. And based on the creative vision some makers may want to tell the original story quite differently or may be with modern makeover. So whether the remakes should be allowed or not is a debatable question. But if played around nicely, remakes are enjoyable and even better in many cases.

Let us talk about Khoobsurat, a remake of the film of the same name by Hrishikesh Mukherji (released in 1980). The original movie is considered as kind of classic based on its simple yet effective story and execution and the signature touch of Hrishida, of course. The original movie had Rekha in the lead role of Mili. It is also worth to make another nice film with the same name (Khoobsurat) starring Sanjay Dutt and Urmila Matondkar (released in 1990). However the film Khoobsurat released in 2014 is the official remake of Hrishida’s classic.

Movie : Khoobsurat
Director :
Shashanka Ghosh
Produced by : Rhea Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Siddharth Roy Kapur
Written by :
Music By : Sneha Khanwalkar, Badshah, Amaal Mallik
Distributed by : UTV Motion Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures, Anil Kapoor films company
Released On :
Starring : Sonam Kapoor (Mili – aka Dr. Mili Chakravarty), Fawad Afzal Khan (Vikram Singh Rathore), Kiron Kher (Manju), Ratna Pathak (Nirmala Devi), Aamir Raza Hussain (Shekhar Singh), Aditi Rao Hydari (Kiara), Ashok Banthia (Ram Sevak), Simran Jehani (Divya), and others…

The movie have some similar character names but rest of the things are quite different. Neither it is very similar to what Hrishida gave us nor it is a path breaking film. It is however a genuinely made film which gives you some smiles and comparatively good movie experience for sure.

We however don’t understand that in order to show modern environment why the makers need to add some amount of adult stuff in the film. Though there are no awkward scenes in the movie but it is not a 100% family film. Last we saw Krrish-3 as a complete family entertainer. The lyrics of the song “Anjan ki site mein” (which is based on a folk song) is also modified and the word “mann” is replaced with “bum” (in possibly similar attempt). Being modern is not limited to short cloths, abusive stuff, sex etc. only. It is about being broad minded in addition to everything else.

Anyway, let us move ahead. Also there are scenes where you see improper make-up. For example in the scenes where someone is waking up or sleeping you cannot have pink color shades on her chicks. The integration of IPL scene at the movie starting point is only to affirm that Mili is a doctor. She however doesn’t look like the same in a lot of parts of the movie.

The mother-daughter relationship is filmed in quite different way and most of the people will enjoy it on screen. The portrayal of most of the characters is executed in proper way. There are two tracks (mili and her mother; and Divya and her mother). The cinematography is good. Some of the visuals of Rajasthan, especially the royal palace etc. are eye pleasure. The ring tone in Mili’s mobile is interesting. As a viewer you will enjoy it. It is able to change the mood to happy one and a smile will be there on your face.

The relationship between Shekhar Singh and Nirmala are explored nicely. Especially the photo which reminds “taang adana” is adorable. The movie also tries to justify Nirmala Devi’s strict behavior via a dialog (telling something like, she has to be strict to handle the things). Also the impact of latest gadgets (like tablets) and technology (like social networking sites like Facebook) is referred intelligently.

In terms of performances we found Aamir Raza Hussain (playing king Shekhar Singh) and Ratna Pathak (playing Nirmala Devi) as the top performers. They however got a good competition from Fawad Khan (playing the prince). Fawad underplays his role effectively. Kiron Kher is as usual. Yashwant Singh (King Suraj Singh) and Ashok Banthia (as Ram Sevak) leaves their mark behind in smaller roles. In fact the “Ram Sevak” segment will remind you Sayen Kappu’s role in Sholey. Aditi Rao is hardly there, she looks pretty though. Sonam Kapoor tries hard to give commendable performance and she succeed at many places. She look thinner and there are places where she miserably fails. Also her wardrobe has to be updated a little. There are some scenes where she is a scene stealer we must say.

Overall a humble love story which could have been a better family movie, studded with good performances and simplistic execution at various places makes the movie a nice watch despite of its drawbacks. It will give you some genuine smiles and laughters. Also, whatever message you got from the movie, just remember one thing that “discipline is really a very good attribute”. It is like a jail when used too much, but or otherwise, it makes the society a better place.

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