Khoobsurat (2014 film)

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Khoobsurat
Disney Khoobsurat.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Hindi खूबसूरत
Directed by Shashanka Ghosh[1]
Produced by Rhea Kapoor
Anil Kapoor
Siddharth Roy Kapoor[1]
Written by Indira Bisht
Starring Sonam Kapoor
Fawad Khan[2]
Music by Sneha Khanwalkar
Badshah
Amaal Mallik
Cinematography Tushar Kanti Ray
Edited by Bakul Matiyani
Production
company
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Release date
  • 19 September 2014 (2014-09-19)
Running time
127 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 12 crore[4]
Box office 39.4 crore[5]

Khoobsurat (English: Beautiful) is a 2014 Indian comedy-drama film.[6] The film is directed by Shashanka Ghosh and produced by Rhea Kapoor, Anil Kapoor and Siddharth Roy Kapur.[1] It stars Sonam Kapoor, Fawad Khan, Kirron Kher, Ratna Pathak and Aamir Raza Hussain in lead roles. The film is loosely based on the 1980 film of the same name.[7][8]

Plot[edit]

Mili Chakravarty (Sonam Kapoor) is a highly educated and professional physiotherapist who works for the Indian cricket team. Her skills are proven when she is shown fixing a cricketer's leg cramp moments before he has to go on the field. Her mother Manju Chakravarty (Kirron Kher) hopes that she will find a suitable and charming man to marry someday. As fate would have it, her services are called for by a royal family in Rajasthan where King Shekhar Singh Rathore (Aamir Raza Husain) is paralyzed from the waist down. She is told that 40 doctors have already left the job, so evidently treating the King is no easy task.

Mili travels to the royal palace and meets the discipline-oriented queen, Nirmala Devi Rathore (Ratna Pathak Shah) who is not amused by Mili's enthusiasm and clumsiness, and they do not get along very well. Mili finds that her casual way of living does not appeal to the royal family whose strict discipline demands otherwise. Inside the palace, she meets Vikram Singh Rathore (Fawad Khan) the prince, whose distant personality makes him similar to his parents. She also discovers that Divya Rathore (Simran Jehani), the youngest child princess of the family, has an interest in cinema but is being forced to study business management. Mili becomes good friends with Divya and encourages her to follow her passion.

The King keeps avoiding his exercise and this troubles Mili and because she is determined to cure him, she turns to Vikram for help. He gives Mili the same answer that the Queen gave her, "if you cannot handle the job, you may leave". Mili gets frustrated and tries to explain to them that all family members must help the King to get better instead of being stubborn, rigid and self-centered all the time.

Just when Mili decides to leave, she learns the real reason for the King's unwillingness from the royal servant Ram Sevak (Ashok Banthia). He explains that ten years ago, the family's eldest son died in an accident in a convertible gifted by the King, during one of their long rides. The King went into a coma for over six months during which the Queen's demeanour changed due to the loss of her son, the paralysis of her husband and the royal responsibilities suddenly thrust upon her. The Palace used to be a fun-filled and happy place but after the accident, everything and everyone changed. Mili shames the King into getting over his guilt and going a step further, tries to befriend the King by encouraging him to tell her about his favourite wine, and plays video games with him. She also encourages him to talk about the car accident.

After 2-3 months, Mili sees improvements, and by this time the King has befriended her and is on good terms with her. One day the king persuades the prince to take Mili with him to Surajgarh Palace. After that, the prince leaves Mili in the market and goes to a meeting. Mili gets kidnapped, and when Vikram saves her, they both kiss.

The next day, they both decide to forget about it but the two start falling for each other. Mili confesses her love for him but Vikram refuses to acknowledge it, saying that they come from two different stocks. He is also engaged to a lady of his status Kiara (Aditi Rao Hydari). Divya runs away to try out for auditions in Jaipur. Mili informs the queen that she knew about Divya's plans. The queen becomes furious and Mili is ordered to leave. Divya returns and tells Nirmala that she came back because of Mili. The king surprises Nirmala by standing up from his wheelchair and admits that he saw Divya run away. He tells her that this is what Mili has been trying to teach them; to love life as it is. Mili, however, is heartbroken due to Vikram's refusal. Vikram breaks off his engagement with Kiara and confesses his love for Mili and the royal couple gives him their blessings, telling him to go find her in Delhi. Vikram finds her house and finds out that Mili is gone for therapy. He goes to the place where she is being treated. Vikram is shocked to see the place. It is actually a paintball arena. Mili agrees to his proposal. She does shoot paintballs on Vikram. Vikram wins Mili's mother's approval by proposing to Mili in her style, and hence, as the wife of Vikram Singh Rathore, Mili is given the title of The Royal Misfit.

Music[edit]

Khoobsurat
Soundtrack album by Sneha Khanwalkar
Released 19 September 2014 (2014-09-19)
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 23:48
Label T-Series
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The music of Khoobsurat was composed by Sneha Khanwalkar, featuring an additional number composed by Badshah. The lyrics were penned by a range of artists including, Ikram Rajasthani, Badshah, Sunil Choudhary, Amitabh Verma and Sneha Khanwalkar. The first song "Engine Ki Seeti" released on 7 September 2014. The song features a Rajasthani folk song "Anjun Ki Seeti", which the writer, Ikram Rajasthani, has specifically re-written for the film.[9] A promotional song titled "Abhi Toh Party Shuru Hui Hai", composed by Punjabi rapper Badshah, released on 22 August 2014. The film's soundtrack officially released on 1 September 2014.

The producers felt that the film lacked a soulful love song and upon the request of Rhea Kapoor, music composer Amaal Mallik came up with the song Naina, which is sung by his brother Armaan Malik and Sona Mohapatra.

Khoobsurat Soundtrack
No.TitleLyricsMusicSinger(s)Length
1."Engine Ki Seeti"Ikram RajasthaniSneha KhanwalkarSunidhi Chauhan, Resmi Sateesh3:55
2."Abhi Toh Party Shuru Hui Hai"BadshahBadshahBadshah, Aastha Gill2:59
3."Baal Khade"Sunil ChoudharySneha KhanwalkarSunidhi Chauhan3:59
4."Preet"Amitabh VermaSneha KhanwalkarJasleen Royal5:03
5."Maa Ka Phone"Amitabh Verma, Sneha KhanwalkarSneha KhanwalkarPriya Panchal, Mauli Dave4:07
6."Naina"KumaarAmaal MallikSona Mohapatra, Armaan Malik3:45
Total length:23:48

Box office[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Khoobsurat opened to a slow start at the box office, with occupancies ranging from 15 to 20-percent at multiplexes and single screens across India.[10] The film earned about 27.4 million (US$410,000) on its opening day. Due to positive word of mouth, Khoobsurat showed 30% growth at the box office, earning 37.4 million (US$560,000) on the second day of release. It showed further good growth on the third day, collecting 50.5 million (US$750,000). The film netted a total of 115.3 million (US$1.7 million) during the first three days of release,[11] with Box Office India describing the weekend collections as "low", however noted it's trending as "good" .[12] The film remained steady throughout the rest of the week, netting 191.0 million (US$2.8 million) in India alone.[13] Remaining steady on its eighth day of release, the film collected 15.3 million (US$230,000), and a further 24.4 million (US$360,000) on its ninth day, being declared as a "hit" by various media outlets.[13][14][15][16]

Overseas[edit]

Khoobsurat performed fairly well overseas, owing primarily to the Pakistani audience.[17] As of 21 September 2014, Khoobsurat earned 11 crore (US$1.6 million)[18] in Pakistan, 30.6 million (US$460,000) in the United States and Canada, 36.9 million (US$550,000) in the UK, 69.3 million (US$1.0 million) in the United Arab Emirates, 3.5 million (US$52,000) in Australia, 0.90 million (US$13,000) in New Zealand and 4.70 million (US$70,000) in Malaysia. In the first two days of release, it has netted a total of 250.0 million (US$3.7 million) in the overseas markets.[11]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Date of Ceremony Award Category Nominee(s) and recipient(s) Result Ref.
Filmfare Awards Best Male Debut Fawad Khan Won
Best Actress Sonam Kapoor Nominated
Best Female Playback Sona Mohapatra - "Naina" Nominated
Masala! Awards Best Bollywood Debut Fawad Khan Won
International Indian Film Academy Awards Star Debut of the Year – Male Fawad Khan Nominated
Producers Guild Film Awards Most Promising Debut – Male Fawad Khan Nominated
Stardust Awards Stardust Award for Best Actress in a Comedy or Romance Sonam Kapoor Won
Screen Awards Best Actress (Popular Choice) Sonam Kapoor Nominated
BIG Star Entertainment Awards Most Entertaining Actor in a Comedy Film - Female Sonam Kapoor Nominated
Most Entertaining Actor (Film) Debut – Male Fawad Khan Nominated
26 February 2015 Mirchi Music Awards Upcoming Male Vocalist of The Year Armaan Malik - "Naina" Nominated [19]

Critical reception[edit]

Khoobsurat garnered mixed reviews from critics.[20][21]

Koel Puri of India Today gave the film 4/5, saying "[the film] is no path breaker but for the fact that I just can't fault it, I still have a smile plastered on my face and I'll probably go see it again... tomorrow".[22] Subhash K. Jha also gave a 4/5 and said, "Hrishida won't recognise this as his "Khubsoorat". But he won't disapprove of what has been done to his work".[23] Rachit Gupta of Filmfare gave the film a 4/5 and said that, "director Shashank Ghosh is no Hrishikesh Mukherjee" though manages "to make a perfect Disney movie. It makes you laugh. It makes you go 'aww' and that goes a long way in a young romance"[24] Saibaal Chatterjee of NDTV also gave a positive review, giving the film a 3.5/5 and saying, "in the end, Khoobsurat is a pretty good show. It is both funny and flashy, but its many flourishes are delivered in measures that religiously avoid excess".[25] Srijana Mitra Das of Times of India gave the film 3.5/5 and said, "This delightfully roguish romance tickles everything fun-loving inside you ... that's what makes it so khoobsurat."[26] Rajeev Masand of CNN IBN gave a rating of 3/5 and wrote, "Khoobsurat is for those seeking comfort in the familiar, it's a pretty satisfying watch."[27] Sarita A. Tanwar of DNA India gave the film 3/5 and said it "is sure to connect with the hearts of girls of all ages".[28] Sonia Chopra of Sify also gave the film a 3/5, and said "this film has little of the gentle nuance of the Hrishikesh Mukherjee-directed original, but it's still pretty good fun. This Bollywood-Disney fairytale combo is worth a shot".[29] Raja Sen, of Rediff gave the film 3/5, and compared it to candy, saying "wrapped in bright plastic and frequently too sweet for your own good, they act as sunny, unsurprising treats that lead to sticky, syrupy smiles".[30] Andy Webster of the New York Times also wrote positively, saying "Bollywood films have appropriated Hollywood genres and imagery for years, but Mr. Ghosh, using a pleasing pastel palette, deftly achieves a particularly Disney-like polish. And he avoids making-of-a-royal pitfalls: Ms. Kapoor’s character never abandons her humor for refinement. Twice, Mili says that she was raised to speak up for herself. Not a bad characteristic for a future Rajput princess".[31] However, a critic at Bollywood Hungama disagreed and gave the film 2.5/5, and said, "overall, Khoobsurat is likeable in parts with good performances and stunning visuals; however the weak script is an 'ugly' hurdle this film will face at the box-office".[32] Sweta Kaushal of Hindustan Times also gave a negative review, giving the film a 1/5, and said "the film could have been more tolerable".[33]

References[edit]

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