The Great Indian Family Review: This is a film of Ram and Rahim, you will remember Rishi da after seeing Vicky, Kumud and Manoj

The Great Indian Family Review and cast

Cast- Vicky Kaushal, Manushi Chhillar, Kumud Mishra, Manoj Pahwa, Yashpal Sharma, Saadia Siddiqui, Alka Amin, Srishti Dixit and Vedant Sinha.

Author-Vijay Krishna Acharya

DirectorVijay Krishna Acharya

Producer-Aditya Chopra

Release:-22 September 2023

The audience of Hindi cinema will never forget Vijay Krishna Acharya’s previous film ‘Thugs of Hindostan’. After writing two films of the ‘Dhoom’ series and directing ‘Dhoom 3’, it seemed that Vijay’s career was set. But, this film is very accurate. According to the time and also according to the current era of politics. And, learning this new lesson, Vijay has made the film, ‘The Great Indian Family’! The name of the film is a bit strange as per the story and it does not have the charm of a Hindi film name. But, this film is very accurate. Not according to the time and not according to the current era of politics. Just as the film ‘OMG 2’ was an auspicious sign for Hindi cinema, ‘The Great Indian Family’ is also an omen in the same vein, just as in the completely vegetarian families of North India, the grandmother says while leaving the house, ‘Dahyu Machari Leti. Come..!’

The Great Indian Family Review
The Great Indian Family

The omen of ‘Dahyu Machari Leti Aayo..!

Yes, the film ‘The Great Indian Family’ is from the same India where saying ‘Dahyu Machari Leti Aayo..!’ is just an omen. This is a cinema that explains the emotions and whatever cinema Vijay Krishna Acharya makes in the future, this tag attached to his identity will remain memorable. This is the story of an imaginary city Balrampur. It is a small town with mixed population. The family of Ved Vyas Tripathi alias Bhajan Kumar lives in this city. Father is a ritualistic Brahmin. Uncle also helps elder brother in worship. The sisters of both the brothers are also part of the house. Ved Vyas, popularly known as Billu, is very famous in the area for his bhajan evenings. Her aunt considers herself no less than Hema Malini and is a sister who sacrifices her life for her brother. ‘The Great Indian Family’ is not a typical Mumbai film. To see this, you will have to go with the same open mind with which we send Eid Mubarak messages to our friends on WhatsApp.

The Great Indian Family

Colorful picture of changing India

The film ‘The Great Indian Family’ is like a document of the changing India according to the society in which the neighborhoods of the same city have been divided. Colors have become divided and human beings have become divided into religions rather than being human beings. The story starts like a very ordinary film. While introducing Bhajan Kumar to him, the film reaches its real turning point while going on to the rivalry going on in Pandittai where the past of the hero of the story opens a letter received at home. The head of the family is on a pilgrimage, with his mobile switched off. Here in Balrampur everything goes upside down. Religion seems to be explained through clothes and eating habits and then…! Then comes the highest point of the film in the form of mutual trust between father and son.

The Great Indian Family

Another story of father-son trust

After the films ‘Gadar 2’, ‘OMG 2’ and ‘Jawaan’, ‘The Great Indian Family’ is the fourth film of this year, whose DNA rests on the father-son relationship. DNA is also a part of the climax of this family, but watching this film, it gives relief that Hindi cinema has not lost its way yet. He has not gone away from the society and even though a film like ‘Jayeshbhai Jordaar’ completely failed to present its social message to the audience in the right way, producer Aditya Chopra’s passion for making films like ‘Dum Lagake Haisha’ has not yet tired. Aditya deserves the first congratulations for flagging off this film. The second congratulations comes from the film’s director Vijay Krishna Acharya. When the youth riding a triple without a helmet, wrapped in saffron, walks away from the policemen checking at the intersection shouting ‘Jai Shri Ram’, it is both a big statement and a mirror of what is happening in the society in the name of religion.

The Great Indian Family

We are pundits, we curse…

Vijay Krishna Acharya’s courage has to be appreciated that he has risen again after being badly hurt in his previous film. He has become a rider again and what a fine rider he has become. The pride of Brahmins who utter dialogues like ‘We are Brahmins, if we curse them, life gets destroyed’, the love of an uncle who sacrifices his life for his nephew, the affection of a sister who secretly loves him and the melting wax of a strict father. In the film ‘The Great Indian Family’, Vijay, fondly known as Victor, has portrayed him very well. The film derives its strength from the mutual brotherhood maintained between the two communities despite the violence arising from the 1992 riots. And, the film gets its water from a son saying that even though the person in whose house he grew up may not be his real father, he will not tolerate his insult. This film raises questions before the Maulvi and also shows the wonder of the generosity of a Muslim woman who gives shelter to a stranger in her home. The question may arise that why are the rioters all from one community, and why all those who show big heart are from another community? But, if these questions also remain in the minds of the audience after watching the film, then it is a proof of the success of cinema.

Vicky Kaushal and Manushi Chhillar

Vicky Kaushal’s best performance till date

In terms of actors, this film is a big milestone in Vicky Kaushal’s film journey which he will be tempted to visit again and again. Such characters are fortunate to be given to young actors and Vicky Kaushal has proved that if the director is like a well-trained juggler, then he can deliver top-notch spectacle. Be it the scene of leaving the house or the first kiss with his girlfriend, his acting looks natural. When Ved Vyas Tripathi changes his identity after getting agitated by the letter received at home and then returns home, the breadth of Vicky Kaushal’s acting comes across in a concrete way for the first time on the big screen in his scenes with his father. The character of Manushi Chhillar, who became his girlfriend in the film, does not get much expansion in the film. According to the story, there is no need for it.

Kumud Mishra

Kumud, Manoj and Srishti together

The strength of the film ‘The Great Indian Family’ lies in its supporting cast. Like Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Vijay Krishna Acharya has also crafted his story neatly and has given every character full opportunity to showcase their abilities. Kumud Mishra has presented the character of a ritualistic Brahmin and a person whose past is revealed and the audience’s respect for this character suddenly increases. Manoj Pahwa impresses as the uncle. The scene where he reminds his nephew of his childhood before throwing him out of the house becomes emotional. Srishti Dixit’s work in the role of sister is worth noting. Especially her confidence while revealing her love story also creates a light-hearted atmosphere in the film. The way Vedant Sinha, who plays the childhood role of Ved Vyas, has lip synced to the song sung by Sonu Nigam, it is a strong step towards his bright future.

Vicky Kaushal

Diwali of Sonu Nigam’s tunes

Among the other supporting actors, Yashpal Sharma has done a good job as a crooked Brahmin. Asif Khan did not get many opportunities to show his skills. Paritosh Sandh’s character is small but he leaves his mark in it too. And yes, after a long time Pritam has tried to create original music in this film. Especially the song sung by Sonu Nigam is the life of the film. It is like Diwali in the new moon of this era’s music. ‘Kanhaiya Twitter pe aaja’ sounds less like a bhajan and more like an item number. The song ‘Sahiba’ sung by Darshan Rawal and Antara Mitra also does not leave any impact. The art department of the film is a mess. When the set starts looking like a set, it also has an impact on the audience. Yes, Ayananka Bose’s cinematography captures the soul of the film from the beginning. Charu Shri Roy’s compilation is also fine. It has to be kept in mind that this film talks about India and not about India and compared to ‘Jaane Jaan’, ‘Expendables 4’ and ‘Sukhi’ released this week, ‘The Great Indian Family’ provides the real pleasure of cinema. The marketing of the film has been very poor. If this film had been promoted according to its tone and style, its results at the box office could have been shocking. Ghalib remembers that couplet, see what fame we get from Ushaak idols, a Brahmin has said that this year is good..

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