Khoobsurat (2014 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Shashanka Ghosh|
|Produced by||Rhea Kapoor|
Siddharth Roy Kapoor
|Written by||Indira Bisht|
|Music by||Sneha Khanwalkar|
|Cinematography||Tushar Kanti Ray|
|Edited by||Bakul Matiyani|
|Distributed by||UTV Motion Pictures|
|Box office||est. ₹39.4 crore|
Khoobsurat (transl. Beautiful) is a 2014 Indian Hindi-language romantic comedy-drama film. The film is directed by Shashanka Ghosh and produced by Rhea Kapoor, Anil Kapoor and Siddharth Roy Kapur. 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.
Mili Chakravarty is a physiotherapist who works for the Indian cricket team. Her mother Manju hopes that she will find a suitable and charming man to marry. Her services are called upon by a royal family in Rajasthan where King Shekhar Singh Rathore is paralyzed from the waist down. She is told that 40 doctors have already left the demanding job.
Mili travels to the royal palace and meets the discipline-oriented queen, Nirmala Devi Rathore, who is not amused by Mili's enthusiasm and clumsiness. Mili finds that her casual way of living clashes with the strict discipline of the royal household. She meets the prince, Vikram Singh Rathore, whose distant personality makes him similar to his parents. Mili befriends Divya Rathore, the youngest child princess of the family, and encourages her passion for cinema against the family's wishes that she study business management.
The king avoids the exercises Mili prescribes and 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 becomes frustrated and tells them that they should be helping the king, accusing them of being stubborn, rigid and self-centered.
Mili is about to leave when she learns from a servant that the king's injury came from a car accident that killed his eldest son. The queen's demanour changed due to his paralysis and the responsibilities thrust upon her, and the once-happy atmosphere of the royal household came to its present state. Mili shames the King into getting over his guilt and tries to befriend him through conversation and video games, and encourages him to talk about the car accident.
Mili sees improvements after 2–3 months with the king, who persuades Vikram to take Mili with him to Surajgarh Palace. They spend some time together, then the prince leaves for a meeting while Mili shops. Mili is kidnapped; when Vikram saves her, they kiss. Though they agree to set aside their attraction but the two start falling in love. 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.
Divya runs away for film auditions in Jaipur. Mili informs the queen that she knew about Divya's plans, and is ordered out of the palace, heartbroken over Vikram's rejection. Divya returns and tells the queen that she came back because of Mili. The king then surprises the queen by standing and admitting 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. Vikram breaks off his engagement with Kiara and confesses his love for Mili; his parents give their blessing and send him to find her in Delhi.
Vikram eventually finds Mili at a paintball arena, and declares his love for her. Covered in paint, he wins her mother's approval by proposing in her style. They are married, with Mili given the title of Royal Misfit.
- Sonam Kapoor – Mili Chakravarty
- Fawad Khan – Vikram Singh Rathore, the prince
- Kirron Kher – Manju Chakravarty, Mili's mother
- Aamir Raza Husain – King Shekhar Singh Rathore
- Ratna Pathak Shah – Nirmala Devi Rathore, the queen
- Simran Jehani – Divya Rathore, the young princess
- Ashok Banthia – Ram Sevak, a royal servant
- Aditi Rao Hydari – Kiara, a lady of status, Vikram's fiancee
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||19 September 2014|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Sneha Khanwalkar chronology|
The music of Khoobsurat was composed by Sneha Khanwalkar, featuring an additional number composed by Badshah. The lyrics were written by a range of artists including, Ikram Rajasthani, Badshah, Sunil Choudhary, Amitabh Verma and Sneha Khanwalkar. The first song, "Engine Ki Seeti", was released on 7 September 2014, and samples Rajasthani folk song "Anjun Ki Seeti" which Ikram Rajasthani specifically re-wrote for the film. A promotional song titled "Abhi Toh Party Shuru Hui Hai", composed by Punjabi rapper Badshah, was released on 22 August 2014. The film's soundtrack was 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 wrote the song "Naina", which is sung by his brother Armaan Malik and Sona Mohapatra.
|1.||"Engine Ki Seeti"||Ikram Rajasthani||Sneha Khanwalkar||Sunidhi Chauhan, Resmi Sateesh||3:55|
|2.||"Abhi Toh Party Shuru Hui Hai"||Badshah||Badshah||Badshah, Aastha Gill||2:59|
|3.||"Baal Khade"||Sunil Choudhary||Sneha Khanwalkar||Sunidhi Chauhan||3:59|
|4.||"Preet"||Amitabh Verma||Sneha Khanwalkar||Jasleen Royal||5:03|
|5.||"Maa Ka Phone"||Amitabh Verma, Sneha Khanwalkar||Sneha Khanwalkar||Priya Panchal, Mauli Dave||4:07|
|6.||"Naina"||Kumaar||Amaal Mallik||Sona Mohapatra, Armaan Malik||3:45|
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. The film earned about ₹27.4 million (US$380,000) on its opening day. Due to positive word of mouth, Khoobsurat showed 30% growth at the box office, earning ₹37.4 million (US$520,000) on the second day of release and ₹50.5 million (US$700,000) on the third. The film netted a total of ₹115.3 million (US$1.6 million) during the first three days of release, with Box Office India describing the weekend collections as "low", but with "good" trending. The film remained steady throughout the rest of the week, netting ₹191.0 million (US$2.7 million) in India alone. Remaining steady on its eighth day of release, the film collected ₹15.3 million (US$210,000), and a further ₹24.4 million (US$340,000) on its ninth day, being declared as a "hit" by various media outlets.
Khoobsurat performed fairly well overseas, owing primarily to the Pakistani audience. As of 21 September 2014, Khoobsurat earned ₹110 million (US$1.5 million) in Pakistan, ₹30.6 million (US$430,000) in the United States and Canada, ₹36.9 million (US$510,000) in the UK, ₹69.3 million (US$960,000) in the United Arab Emirates, ₹3.5 million (US$49,000) in Australia, ₹0.90 million (US$13,000) in New Zealand and ₹4.70 million (US$65,000) in Malaysia. In the first two days of release, it had netted a total of ₹250.0 million (US$3.5 million) in the overseas markets.
Awards and nominations
|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|
|Mirchi Music Awards||Upcoming Male Vocalist of The Year||Armaan Malik – "Naina"||Nominated|||
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". 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". 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". 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".
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." 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." 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". 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". 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". 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".
A critic at Bollywood Hungama 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". 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".
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