is a beautiful movie. While it may not 'blow you off your feet' like a PRETTY WOMAN
or CLOSER HOME, QSQT
or LOVE STORY
, it is stylishly shot and the emotions are finely balanced. The storyline too, is not 'over-the-top' with an 'unable to connect' theory.
Moreover, Aamir Raza Hussain as Shekhar Rathore in a wheel chair, Ratna Pathak Shah as Queen Nirmala Devi Rathore, Kirron Kher as Manju Chakraborty (Sonam Kapoor's mother) and Pakistani actor Fawad Khan as Vikram Rathore all dish out a sustained, royal demeanor, making you enjoy every character, because all the above-mentioned names including Simran Jehani who plays Fawad's younger sister perform in perfect harmony. All emotions flow with the script, keeping the tenor of the scene intact.
On the flip side, Cyrus Sahukar who comes in as 'Agony Uncle' in two scenes was an unnecessary waste of time. His is a forced character that takes away some of the gloss of KHOOBSURAT. CHECK OUT: KHOOBSURAT songs lyrics
Milli Chakraborty (Sonam Kapoor) is a Physiotherapist living in Delhi, who is well-known in the sports circle. She has to fly down to Rajasthan to treat a 'royal patient' (Shekhar Rathore) who has been wheel-chair bound for the last 10 years. Over 40 doctors have come and left the palace within days as the patient is adamant on sticking to his wheel-chair.
Meanwhile, the atmosphere in the palace is one of strict discipline. There are rules for everything, including talking and the manner one eats at the dinner table. Queen Nirmala Devi ensures that everything is followed to the 'T'.
In walks Dr. Milli and turns things upside down.
A cheerful personality, Milli is this bindaas
sort of girl, who speaks her mind out and has no ulterior motive in anything she does. All she looks for is the benefit of the other, in every action of hers.
But she too is being weighed down by Shekhar's adamant behavior and is considering leaving the palace when she learns the reason for him doing what he does from one of their trusted servants. She is now sure she can help the old man and enlists the help of his son Vikram, who reluctantly agrees to speak with his dad.
While all this is happening, Vikram, who is engaged to be married in a few months, slowly begins to get closer to Milli and her wild, untamed ways. At the back of his mind, he seems to be sick and tired of the royal front that he has to put up at every occasion. Secretly, he admires Milli's spirit. But as fate would have it, even though he knows he is in love with Milli, he tells her that they have nothing in common.CHECK OUT: KHOOBSURAT Music Review
She leaves for her home and suddenly everything is morose in the Royal Palace. The end is what any fairytales are made of.
Sonam Kapoor is in her elements as this care-free girl. Maybe it is just the extension of her normal self. You know what I mean!
She is cute, likeable and does full justice to the role.
I was particularly impressed by Fawad, Aamir and Ratna Pathak Shah who give a standout performance. Fawad speaks a lot with his body and eyes in all the scenes. Ditto Ratna, who has to take over the empire after her husband's accident.
Certainly worth a watch: especially for Gen-X.