I have to confess I was dying to see Khubsoorat only because of Fawwad Khan. I became a fan of his while watching the Pakistani serial Humsafar and then Zindagi Gulzar Hai on TV. I wanted this movie to turn out well because this was his Bollywood launch and a good-looking man like him deserved a good launch.
Well, Khubsoorat is a pleasant introduction to him I would say. Fawwad plays Vikram Rathore, a Prince of a Royal family that is pretty low on EQ. The Ranisa is a strict woman who doesn’t encourage talk at the dining table, the erstwhile King is a handicapped man and their daughter is a timid young thing who secretly wants to be an actress. Into this stoic silent family comes Dr. Mini a physiotherapist for the King. She is everything that this family is not- wild, impulsive, crazy and clumsy. Sparks will fly and things will get all muddled up before they settle down to a golden sunset ending.
The story is very simplistically told. The movie has taken the core idea of the original Khubsoorat of dropping a vivacious girl into a subdued household run by a tyrant, but that’s where the similarity ends. Whereas the movie starring Rekha had a joint family full of characters for the heroine to help, here the story is mainly about the Prince and the madcap. The sister’s desire to be an actress is hardly touched upon and the King’s sorrow at losing his 20 year old son in a car accident which has led to him being in a wheelchair, is solved by some simple pop psychology and doing wheelies in a wheelchair. The movie is missing the nuances and the true naughtiness laced with sincerity which made the original Khubsoorat so much fun.
However, leave comparisons aside and this is a cute fairy tale romance. Rajasthan is a gorgeous place to fall in love with someone and sets the mood. The story is well paced and though utterly predictable you don’t get bored.
Fawwad Khan is suave and charming as the in control of himself Prince. Unfortunately, he looks too thin, to the point of being gaunt. Maybe he slimmed down too much for the camera. But his smile and that raised eyebrow are a killer and I will wait for more movies from him. Sonam as the quirky impulsive Mili is effervescent though her taste in clothes is strange. Also, there is something schizophrenic about her personality. I would have expected slight more professionalism and seriousness to come through from someone who is shown to be a successful physiotherapist and not just a complete clumsy madcap. But her smile is sweet and she does the role with flair. Ratna Pathak does the crusty Ranisa to perfection but the scene-stealer is Kirron Kher in her by now much- practiced and well -perfected Punjabi mom avatar. She gets the best laughs in the movie and is pure entertainment to watch.
This is the perfect watch if you are looking for a low stress entertainment option. Prince meets commoner and love blossoms in a palace. How much more low stress can you get? Don’t expect any deep insights on life, regress to being a teenager in love and you will enjoy yourself. Can take kids.