Wednesday, June 01, 2005

My Brother Nikhil

According to film critic Roger Ebert, there is no such thing as a depressing movie; there are only good movies and bad movies. I couldn't agree more, especially after watching "My Brother Nikhil". There are film makers for whom the sole purpose of making movies is to entertain (David Dhawan, Manmohan Desai) and for others it is just a tool to make soporific social commentary, audience be damned.

Every now and then you find some mavericks like Ram Gopal Varma and Ashutosh Gowarikar, who will take the medium for what it is, i.e. to tell a good story. Onir, the writer/director of "My Brother Nikhil" falls under the last category. Surely the movie deals with tough social and moral issues, but the approach is that of telling a story with sincerity, without being overly melodramatic or preachy. That's hard to do.

Official site
Upperstall reivew
IMDB entry

Kudos to Sanjay Suri, who keeps getting better with each film.


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