Khoobsurat ~ Review

Disney’s Khoobsurat stars the bubbly Sonam Kapoor and the charmingly suave Fawad Khan. Komal Shastri-Khedkar provides the low-down on the story, performances, direction and music. Find out if it is one to watch or give a miss.


The tricky thing about writing a review of a film like Khoobsurat is that if you’re a hopeless romantic you are going to watch it anyway, and if you are heartless realistic film lover, you will not watch it even at a gunpoint.

The film, Khoobsurat, as we all know, the official remake of Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s 1980 hit which goes by the same name, is a typical dreamy Disney chick-flick!

Basically it is about a lively, happy-go-lucky, clumsy girl who ends up in a super disciplined royal household and barters a handsome prince for herself in return to encouraging everyone to live life to the fullest, take each day as it comes, and so on. Buddha plus Osho style.


The best part about the old Khoobsurat was that it was set in a modest, regular middle class family environment which made it very relatable.

However the director of the new Khoobsurat, Shashank Ghosh and writer, Indira Bisht, create a Disney world, introducing their modified story into the stunning world of beautiful palaces, royal families; everything larger than life and straight out of some fairy tale.

There is no point in comparing the old Khoobsurat to the new one, for each has its own perks. Also one really cannot compare Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s film penned by Gulzar to anything else on earth. That’s just unfair!

The clumsy, chatty Mili, ends up with the wealthy, imperial Rathore family having a charming prince. Love strikes.
Sonam is typically annoying, Fawad is just too charming while the supporting cast is really good!
Compared to his previous films, Shashank Ghosh plays it safe by sticking to the formula of rom-coms.
Khoobsurat being a Disney fairy tale is larger than life and takes you on a tour of beautiful palaces and royal lives.
Sneha Khanwalkar’s music, especially ‘Engine ki Seeti’ is quite enjoyable and foot tapping.
Khoobsurat, like expected, is a typical Disney chick-flick which you would watch if you are a hopeless romantic at heart and are crushing on Fawad Khan.

As the tale goes, the whirlwind, clumsy, chatty Mili, physiotherapist by profession and philosophical by nature ends up with the wealthy, imperial Rathore family, super handsome, charming, straight out of the fairy tale Prince, at their pin drop silent and full of antiques, Sambhalgarh palace.

Girl meets Prince Charming, and as you would expect, there is a spark between Mili and Prince Vikram Rathore, played by the sophisticated handsome Pakistani actor Fawad Khan. Give a few twists and turns, a few romantic episodes, a few melodies and they live happily ever after.

The predicament with Khoobsurat is that it’s of course predictable like any other chick-flick. The character Mili is trying so hard to prove that she is clumsy that at times you wonder if she is clumsy or outright insane.

If you have watched Sonam’s episode of Koffee with Karan you’ll know that basically Sonam’s playing herself in the film. Over the top, giggly, loud, laughing at her own jokes. To be honest she is really cute at times, and the rest (which is most of the time) too annoying.

To be honest, one really doesn’t have any (never mind high) expectations at all from Sonam Kapoor. Everybody loves her for the fashonista that she is.

Now what’s the biggest flaw in the film? Sonam’s costumes are neither beautiful, apt to the character, nor artistic and stylish. They are truly atrocious and loud. So anyone wishing to go to watch Khoobsurat for Sonam’s wardrobe, please switch on the Fashion TV network on your television set instead.

Now coming to the Pakistan import Fawad Khan. Wow! It wasn’t a shocker to know that Fawad is a great actor but the moment he comes on the screen everything else goes out of focus for you.

I’m pretty sure this has got nothing to do with the lenses used by the cinematographer. You simply cannot ignore him. He is too charming and guaranteed to be the next big thing in Bollywood. He better start packing his bags and move to magical Bollywood land as soon as possible.

Kirron Kher the iconic ‘nation’s Punjabi mother’ plays Sonam’s mother (of course). However, she still manages to give a fresh touch to her typical caricaturish character. On the other hand, expert actress Ratna Pathak does her role as the high and mighty matriarch of the family too well.

Sneha Khanwalkar’s music, especially ‘Engine ki Seeti’ is quite enjoyable and foot tapping.

So to sum it all up, Khoobsurat like expected is a typical Disney chick-flick which you would watch if you’re a hopeless romantic at heart and are crushing on Fawad Khan. If you are neither of those, save it when it is on some TV network.

Komal is a cinéaste, who believes she was born to love films. Apart from working as assistant Director in Bollywood, she finds herself doing photography or watching Simpsons. “All I have in life is my imagination and I love it that way!”