It’s not easy to remake a classic, especially one like Khoobsurat. After all you don’t want to mess it up and piss Nirmala Gupta (aka Dina Pathak) off.
Confession time, filmi travelers, as soon as I clicked play I thought I might have to eat my words but, but, but THANK YOU Kirron Kher, every hope I had for Khoobsurat just went down the drain. As soon as the trailer hits sixty seconds with its over-compensating Punjabi mummy (haven’t you been there, done that Ms. Kher?), engine ke seeti soundtrack (really?!), Sonam’s less than impressive rendition of a carefree misfit, and that big, big Disney plastered on my screen, I knew this would be an uphill ride.
All is not lost, though, pussycats(!), seeing Fawad Khan with that pompadour, channeling every inch of his inner Zashar (Ashar-Zaroon), more than made me crave for some Mr. Rathore (I kid you not! Phooof!). To think chemistry would be easy to fake, but alas, no such luck. From what I can see there’s no Sowad (Sonam-Fawad) happening. Waise that would have been a swaad couple. ::wink:: Here I thought Ratna Pathak-Shah as Nirmala Devi Rathore would be vapid and flat, far from it she seems to actually be enjoying the role.
I sense some interesting juxtapositions: the Punjabis vs. the Bengalis, Rajputs, et al, the haves vs. the almost haves, the strained and restrained vs. the unleashed and junglee, and some cheesy Disney cliches.
Watch and infer as you will.
Till we meet for a review,