BollySitter Recommended Age: 10+ (For Family theme, Low Sexuality and No Violence)
BollySitter Family GO Factor: 3.0/5.0
The Review Monk TRM Score: 5.4/10.0
Directed by: Shashanka Ghosh
Starring: Sonam Kapoor, Fawad Khan , Kirron Kher as Manju Chakravarty, Ratna Pathak, Aamir Raza Hussain. Aditi Rao Hydari , Cyrus Sahukar
Written By: Indira Bisht
Music by: Sneha Khanwalkar
Produced by: Rhea Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Siddharth Roy Kapur
Lyrics by: Badshah, Ikram Rajasthani, Sunil Choudhary, Amitabh Verma and Sneha Khanwalkar
Running time: 127 mins
Genre(s): Romantic comedy, Family Drama
The film is appropriate for 10+ age group – it has a typical Disney feel to it with usual updating of certain archetype characters. However, there are a few scenes involving mild sexuality and flirting and a couple of the songs are out of line with their risqué lyrics and dance moves.
This film, a loose remake of classic Hrishikesh Mukherjee film of the same name starring Rekha in one of her most memorable roles, is about Dr. Mrinalini Chakravarty aka Mili (Sonam) who is a physiotherapist, hired to help Rajasthan royal Shekhar Rathore (Aamir Raza). Made by Disney, it carries its stamp in terms of production values, theme and character archetypes and their expected graph, however, the acting and writing ultimately betrays the film especially in comparison to the original classic it attempts to pay tribute to. The story is about how Mili transforms the royal and strict family and frees them of their strict and narrow existence.
There is no violence is this film. Only one past incident of a death in the royal family by accident is merely mentioned in a scene.
Intense & Frightening scenes
The film is clean of any scary scenes except a mild one when a character is shown kidnapped by a bunch of comical characters.
There is one scene of kissing on the lips, however, not shown explicitly. There are plenty of scenes discussing the aforementioned kissing scene and flirting is shown at many places. Once, the lead couple is shown in a lengthy bedroom scene brimming with sexual tension.
A couple of musical scenes/songs have risqué lyrics and suggestive dance movies. Words like “Bum dole” “Bhak bhak engine bol raha hai” among others
The language is mild though some words make a fleeting appearance such as Chudial & Rakhail.
The lead characters refer to each other by mostly harmless Khadoos and Aafat respectively.
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
There are a number of drinking scenes in the film. The lead female character is shown to enjoy drinking with his patient, the lead couple get drunk while visiting another royal family. The lead male character is shown drinking in a restaurant with his friend in Mumbai. The kidnappers mix something in a drink in order to kidnap their target.
Dr. Mili is a positive influence while Royal Rani Sa is very strict and lives by rules. There is talk about poor girl “trapping” a rich prince as well as lots of talk about breakups/boyfriends/girlfriends. The interaction between Dr. Mili and Royal family’s daughter are shown in a very positive light where the young girl trapped in a strict regimen is encouraged to have her independence. It strikes as odd though that in a Punjabi family a girl would refer to her mother by name. There is also a scene of a girl running away from home.
Families can discuss how strictly the parents govern the lives of their kids. Why a kid might decide to run away from home to gain independence or merely to show revolt?
Bechdel test 3/3
The lad female character interacts often with two older female characters with most of their talk is about men barring a couple of conversations regarding how the treatment of Royal Raja Sahib is progressing. However, the royal daughter’s character has many deeper interactions with Dr. Mili about how to stand up for herself and being independent and taking charge of her life.
For the quality of the film, check out the reviews @ http://thereviewmonk.com/movie/khoobsurat/