Hey Everyone! we are here with a new blog, review of the movie: My Brother Nikhil.
I know this blog was going to be about biographies. But the movie which I am going to talk about today, stands extraordinary and way ahead of it time. I am sure, this movie will give you some true moments of joy.
Indian Bollywood Industry is usually famous for peppy dance numbers, typical love stories and projecting different foreign locations as India. But, there are some gems in this industry, some masterpieces which lands way beyond our expectations. I know these movies might have not generated as much revenue as any commercial or any other star-studded films, but they actually performs as an extraordinary creation.
My Brother Nikhil is one such movie. A very brave step to put up such story in front of Indian audience. And, hats off to the stars who acted in this movie.
So, lets get into the story
REVIEW OF THE MOVIE: MY BROTHER NIKHIL
This film is set in Goa between 1986 and 1994. Nikhil Kapoor (Sanjay Suri) is a state all round swimming champion. His father Navin Kapoor (Victor Banerjee) has raised his son to be a sports man, a dream that he never achieved for himself. His elder sister Anamika (Juhi Chawla) teaches in a primary school and loves him dearly. His mother Anita Rosario Kapoor (Lillete Dubey) adores him and from her he inherited his artistic side to his personality.
Nikhil’s life fall apart, after he is diagnosed with HIV. He is dismissed from the swimming team and his parents throw him out of the house. One day he is arrested because, he is HIV positive. He is kept in forced isolation by the law. As the Goa Public Health Act, allowed the government to isolate HIV positive people. His parents desert him and friends move away. The only people who stand by him are his sister Anamika, her boyfriend Sam (Gautam Kapoor) and his boyfriend Nigel (Purab Kohli).
Despite receiving distressed calls and threats from the community, Anamika and Nigel are able to secure his release with the help of a lawyer. Nikhil is unable to find a job at first, but then becomes a music teacher. Anamika and Nigel start an AIDS assistance organization called People Positive. As Nikhil develops AIDS, he is reconciled with his mother and finally his father. After Nikhil’s death, his parents begin to treat Nigel like a son.
HIV and Homosexuality, these two topics are still taboo topics. Though slowly accepting but, there is still a long way to go. And its very hard to understand that people here appreciate movies like Forrest Gump (and it actually is a worth watch) but, are reluctant to accept these progressive Bollywood stories.
My Brother Nikhil, is that rare and remarkable gem: though understated, but heart wrenching and progressive Bollywood movie. Debutant director, Onir creates a choke in your throat with the first few scenes. And with an excellently crafted script and amazing actors, holds you between teary smiles and all-out bawling.
It is both exhilarating and exhausting cinema. Told mostly through in-camera conversations and flashbacks. My Brother Nikhil, goes where only few mainstream movies have stepped before.
ABOUT THE CAST,
Sanjay Suri as Nikhil, shows his each and every emotion flawlessly. Sanjay plays the role of a man who is gay, but in a closet (cannot confront his family about this). He is also a swimming champion. And, a guy who is so pressured by his dad.
Juhi Chawla, adds an empathetic and graceful charm in this movie. She depicts, element of happiness, hope and courage in the entire screen she is present. One of my favorite actresses. She stands by her brother, when no one is there for him and no matter what the situation is!
Purab Kohli, he steals the show! He portray the role of an openly gay man, who is loosing his soul-mate. And he represents it so well, that it’ll put in wonders if this is really happening to him. His eyes expressed more than he even spoke. The frustration, helplessness and emptiness is so much to absorb in. Like, mentioned above aabout Sanjay suri, Purab is also an excellent actor.
Onir, moves the story with a smooth pace, so that no point is hammered in and no emotion underlined. The actors, without exception, follow his cue so the tragedy never descends into pathos. My Brother Nikhil is a triumph, a celebration for its cast, crew and for us, the audience.
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