Title: Sorry Bhai!
Starring: Shabana Azmi, Boman Irani, Sanjay Suri, Sharman Joshi and Chitrangada Singh
After a long break I watched a Hindi film. It turned out to be a film that I had never heard about and one with relatively unknown stars. I was looking for a change from the conventional “boiler plate bollywood”.
Firstly, the pros -A fairly simple yet bold theme, just a handful of actors, and shot completely in Mauritius so there is plenty of scenic beauty to enjoy. The story revolves around a family with two brothers, where the younger sibling and his brother’s fiancee fall in love. Shabana and Bomman play the parents, while Sanjay and Sharman play the brothers.
The end, which was cleverly folded into the beginning of the film to introduce the suspense element in the plot, completely contradicts the supposed progressive story-line. It was a case of four big unconventional, progressive steps forward drowned out by eight super-traditional steps backward!
It is hard to get into the details without revealing the plot. The end of the film was a huge let down. The film is edited and presented well but the end is bizarre and destroys all its positives. In a blatant attempt, to satisfy the conservative and the progressive audiences at the same time, the film has ended up achieving neither.
The acting is overall very good except for Chitrangada Singh who appears to struggle at times to appear believable. The songs sounded trendy but I don’t recall any being instantly catchy.