Being a die-hard Bollywood fan, I am so happy for the comeback that Bollywood has made. This is a great year for Bollywood as movies like Pathaan, Tu Jhoothi Mai Makkar, Satyaprem Ki Katha, OMG 2, Gadar 2 and Jawan have been a massive success for Bollywood. But the problems have been there were some bad films which were bad bumps and ruined the success flow of Bollywood. The Great Indian Family is an example of a Bad Bump.
Cast- Vicky Kaushal, Manushi Chhillar, Manoj Pahwa, Kumud Mishra, Yashpal Sharma, Sadiya Siddiqui, Alka Amin, Srishti Dixit, Bhuvan Arora, Aasif Khan and Ashutosh Ujjwal
Produced By- Aditya Chopra
Directed By- Vijay Krishna Acharya
Runtime- 1 Hour 52 Minutes
Personally, The Great Indian Family is a below-average film with a predictable storyline and weak comedy I would rather say it will be RARE to find some humour in the movie as it is only found in 1st half and The Great Indian Family sadly more focuses on the religious agenda which can maybe affect the film in the future as the people and the so-called boycott gang will indeed find something. Here, the story becomes flat in the 2nd half as some performances are good and some emotional scenes which did were some feel-good scenes but overall the movie is below-average and predictable with the agenda of Hindu-Muslims.
Actually, Suppose someone signs a film with YRF Studios nowadays. In that case, The thing that has become the negative point for the movies is they don’t do promotions, which affects the movie badly and people don’t come to know, especially if there is a YRF film with 0 promotions, the people will be confused if there is a new movie releasing or not? This also happened to them when the movie Shamshera was released. The audience didn’t even know when the movie came, and it resulted in a flop. They knew that they wouldn’t need any promotions before Pathaan as the stardom that SRK carries, people already knew, and the hype was on the next level. Here, I am afraid that The Great Indian Family is likely to face the same as Shamshera faced.
The plus point of the movie is some quirky dialogue of Vicky Kaushal in the 1st half as he gave a reference to his old film in a scene which I liked and if we talk about songs, then I only liked the song ‘Kanhaiya Twitter Pe Aaja’ which comes when the movie starts and the main problem of this movie is not the plot but the agenda which director has put in through the film which weakens the story for me. Also, the romance that is shown in the film is limited, and more feels forced and is not needed as it doesn’t have any connection with the main story. Being a 1 Hour 52 Minutes film, it still feels that this movie is stretched and a slow 2nd half. Also, they have shot in very good locations Haridwar and Rishikesh the shooting locations are beautiful. Also, a big congratulations to the director Vijay Krishna Acharya who has given us Cult Disasters like Dhoom 3, Thugs Of Hindostan and now hat trick of flops with this film. Let’s talk about the performances:
- Vicky Kaushal as Ved Vyas Tripathi/Bhajan Kumar stands excellent throughout the film and is a massive plus point for the movie. His quirkiness and being a naïve person who understands things practically is the only thing that I liked throughout the film. Also, his scenes with Kumud Mishra and Manoj Pahwa are a delight to watch. Those scenes were only good scenes which were good. Vicky Kaushal being a naïve person in this film will somehow remind you of his last film ‘Zara Hatke Zara Bachke’ where he was confused as well as naïve throughout. Here, in some scenes, he does the same, but whenever he comes on screen, he will definitely put a smile on your face. Vicky Kaushal, A Big Plus Point!
- Talking about Manushi Chhillar, She didn’t have many roles, and there was no need for her in the film as she didn’t have much screen presence and not that much important role in the movie. The romance was also unnecessary, which actually diverted the story and had nothing to do with the main level.
- Now, talking about two plus points for the movie. Kumud Mishra as Vicky Kaushal’s father and Manoj Pahwa’s Uncle, acted very well, and they were superb in every frame. Especially Kumud Mishra is the boss, and in some scenes, He has outshined Vicky Kaushal, and you would start feeling like Kumud Mishra is the main hero. Though it was sad to see Kumud Mishra having fewer scenes in 2nd half compared to the 1st Half, there was another person who tried to lift the film with his acting, which was Manoj Pahwa. I especially liked his emotional scenes with Vicky Kaushal, where I saw a different Manoj Pahwa as I have only seen him in comic roles till now, but here he has done a great job. Kumud Mishra and Manoj Pahwa are a huge plus point for the film!
- Yashpal Sharma as the main villain, has acted well and looks good in every scene. Aasif Khan playing his son; you will surely remember him through the Panchayat meme,” Gajab Bezzati Hai”, and both did a good job.
- Bhuvan Arora, whom you may have seen in Farzi as Shahid Kapoor’s friend, is wasted here. He was only seen in 1st half as his role was reduced in the 2nd He was very good in Farzi, as we all know, but here he is wasted, which disappointed me.
For me, The Great Indian Family is A Director’s Clickbait to show the agenda and a below-average movie with few good performances! Now I have high hopes for Fukrey 3. Now it’s up to you whether to watch the film or not!