Khoobsurat: Beautiful Indeed

Director: Shashanka Ghosh
Producers: Walt Disney Pictures, UTV Motion Pictures, Anil Kapoor’s Films Company
Cast: Sonam Kapoor, Fawad Afzal Khan, Ratna Pathak, Aamir Raza Hussain, Kirron Kher, Ashok Banthia

Labelled as ‘The Royal Misfit’ in the film, Dr Mrinalini ‘Milli’ Chakravarthy (Sonam Kapoor) is sent to treat a Rajput king (Aamir Raza Hussain), who has lost the use of his legs. Milli’s happy-go-lucky lifestyle at the palace does not go well with the royals, especially  with the over-controlling queen, Nirmala Singh Rathore (Ratna Pathak). Milli neither clicks with the king, Shekhar Singh Rathore, nor the crown prince, Vikram Singh Rathore ( Fawad Afzal Khan). However,  the princess, Divya, whose ambitions are restricted by her mother,  takes a liking to Milli.
Soon, Milli discovers that though there is a sensation in the king’s legs, he was unwilling to walk again. She realizes that his dull lifestyle is killing him and decides to put some joy in the king’s grim life. Her outrageous ideas of fun is always frowned upon by the queen, who feels that she is interfering in Divya’s studies. However, Vikram appreciates her efforts to get his father walk again. Predictably, both of them fall for each other. But as Vikram is engaged to another princess, Kiara (Aditi Rao Hydari), he refuses to accept his feelings for her and declines her proposal.
Throw into this situation Milli’s outgoing mother (Kirron Kher), the Rathores’ loyal butler (Ashok Banthia), Vikram’s friend (Cyrus Sahukar) who desires Kiara, and a bunch of kidnappers, and you have a masaledar Bollywood film.
Sonam Kapoor does a good job as Milli, the Disney Princess, and makes you laugh and cry with her. Pakistani heartthrob Fawad Khan’s Bollywood debut as Vikram will be unforgettable.  With his aristocratic nose held high, the ‘business machine’ wins the viewer’s heart as easily as he wins business deals.
However,  it is Ratna Pathak’s stellar performance as Nirmala that rules the film. Her pride at running the entire royal household is evident. Incidentally,  it was Ratna’s mother who played Nirmala in the original Khubsoorat.
The film’s music is good, barring the bummer that is Engine Ki Seeti . Though a promotional piece, Abhi Toh Party Shuru Hui Hai should either have been removed from the film or given a more prominent place in it.
In all, Khoobsurat is for all romantics who want to watch a romantic film with a generous dose of comedy. You just have to  forgive the minor loopholes that is inevitable in a Disney movie.


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