Fawad Khan

The Imperfect Filmi Family: Kapoor and Sons, Since 1921

Kapoor & Sons 1




These are just a few adjectives that one can begin to describe Kapoor & Sons, but this film is so much more, and truth be told I’m at a loss of words on where to begin. Rarely have I walked into a Bollywood film, especially those with queer characters, and walked out with sense of overpowering emotion engulfing me. Kapoor and Sons, I can finally say, is one such film.



Dastaan Episode 2


Pakistan ka matlab kya, lā ilāhaʾillā-llāh.

Does religion make a nation? Does it make a qaum? Does it make a secure and stable entity? Most importantly, does it make us united?

Inasmuch as Bano and Hassan’s love story begins to blossom, the crux of the narrative in Dastaan is on nation building and what really makes a nation, what defines it. Last week, I brought up historian Ayesha Jalal’s work, so, this week I’ll start with one of her (many!) lectures. Speaking at the Hudson Institute, Dr. Jalal brings up two very significant points: first, of course, is on the struggle to make Pakistan, but more significantly, her second point is on an emerging popular culture that makes Pakistan more than just a failed state, a constant and recurring criticism in recent history.


Dastaan Episode 1


Aj akhan Waris Shah nu kitun kabran vichchon bol,
Te aj kitab-e-ishq da koi agla varka phol.

Ek roi si dhee Punjab di, tu likh likh maare vain,
Aaj lakhan dheean rondian tainu Waris Shah nu kahen.

Waaaay… dardmandaan day dardiaa, uth takk apnaa Punjab,
Aaj bele lashan vichhian te lahu di bhari Chenab.

Kise ne panjan paanian vichch ditti zahar rala,
Te unhan paanian dharat nun ditta pani la.

Iss zarkhez zameen de lun lun futtia zaher,
Gith gith charhiaan lalian, fut fut charhia kaher.

Aaj akhan Waris Shah nu kitun kabran vichchon bol,
Te aj kitab-e-ishq da koi agla varka phol.

Takhsim-e-Hind. Hindustan ka Batwara. The Partition of India. 


(Not So) Khoobsurat: A Review


There are bad films, and then, there are really bad films. Khoobsurat (and as much as I hate to say this) is a really bad film. The Princess Diaries formula falls flat in its Indian context. Sorry, Sonam and (perhaps, more so) Fawad, but this was nowhere as good as the hype surrounding it. Weird cuts, a lack meaningful sequences, caricatures, cheap (and maybe even vulgar) humour, and ghatiya gaanay aur unkay chichoray lyrics make this a less than memorable watch. In fact, the only redeeming factors are Khoobsurat’s two khoobsurat debuts: Fawad Khan, our Pakistani Pompadour-ed beauty, and Jasleen Royal, the girl who gives us a soulful and beautiful rendition of “Preet“.


Fawad Fever!

Khoobsurat is less than five days away and even though I don’t have many expectations from this film, what I do have expectations about (rather firmly too!) is Fawad Khan’s performance. If the interviews, clips, and promos are anything to go by Rajkumar Vikram Rathore is all set to light up Indian screens on fire. Who knew Ashar Hussain could dance, lip sync, and have a good time?! This isn’t a long post as I’m waiting to get to the review, but here’s some FK for all you deewanas out there.

Fawad Khan: Character Introduction, Mr. Dracy, Mr Bingley, Mr. Knightly combined indeed! Sonam’s finally on to something:

And the less than memorable soundtrack:

Abhi to Party Shuru Hui Hai (aur agar yeh gaana shuru hoye to I wonder party kabhi khatam hoye gi?!):

Naina (Ever wondered what it would sound like if non-Punjabi’s spoke in Punjabi, well, now you know what it sounds like when they sing):

Maa ka Phone (This is how you spell D.I.S.A.S.T.E.R.):

Looking forward to reviewing this for you, filmi travelers! Until then,

Rab Rakha


Khoobsurat: Not An Easy Remake

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,


Khoobsurat: Misfits Round Two


If there’s any doubt that Sonam’s going to be a royal bahu, it should disappear now for good. I wonder what the trailer’s like(?). After all, it’s all about the hype.