The Great Indian Family Review. The Great Indian Family is the story of a devotional singer. Ved Vyas Tripathi (Vicky Kaushal) lives in Balrampur with his religious family Pandit Siya Ram Tripathi (Kumud Mishra), aunt Sushila Kumari (Alka Amin), uncle Balak Ram (Manoj Pahwa), aunt Hema (Sadia Siddiqui) and twin sister. Gunja (Srishti Dixit). Veda is also known as Bhajan Kumar as he is a renowned devotional singer in the city.
Veda’s best friends are Bhata (Bhuvan Arora) and Sarveswar (Ashutosh Ujjwal). Sarveswar falls in love with Jasmeet (Manushi Chhillar) and Jasmeet enlists the help of Bhata and Veda to impress him. While doing this, Veda falls in love with Jasmeet. This creates a rift between the Vedas and Sarvesvara. If this is not enough, Veda gets another blow. A stranger comes to their house and leaves a letter informing them that Ved was born Muslim. What happens next makes up the rest of the film.
The Great Indian Family Review
Vijay Krishna Acharya’s story is very promising and has all the makings of a commercial entertainer. But Vijay Krishna Acharya’s script is not up to the mark. The writer-director tries his best to add dramatic moments but fails to create a visual impact. Vijay Krishna Acharya’s dialogues are sharp at places.
Poor script hampers Vijay Krishna Acharya’s direction. To give credit where credit is due, he has handled some of the moments like Veda’s childhood track, meeting Veda Abdul and his family for the first time, the climax monologue etc. beautifully. The idea of a family vote before an important decision, as well as the snake-ladder aspect, is creative. The message of communal harmony has also been received well.
However, ideally such a film should have more humor and more violent scenes. The great Indian family has nothing. What happens after Veda’s Muslim identity is revealed does not create the desired effect. The romantic track is also weak.
Talking about the performance, Vicky Kaushal as always gives a very honest performance. The scene in the second part where he struggles to speak while crying is very good and shows his acting talent. Manushi Chhillar has a compelling screen presence. But she is devastated. In fact, he is barely seen in the film after the first 45 minutes.
Kumud Mishra left a mark. He is also impressive as a charismatic townsman. Manoj Pahwa also performs well. Alka Amin, Sadia Siddiqui and Srishti Dixit provided able support. Bhuvan Arora and Ashutosh Ujjwal are fine. Yashpal Sharma (Pandit Jagannath Mishra) and Asif Khan (Tulsidas Mishra) are good as the antagonists. Hitesh Arora (Abdul) and Devang Tanna (Pintu) are likeable. Saloni Khanna (Aishwarya) and Paritosh Sand (Jai Prakash Malpani) don’t have much to do.
Pritam’s music will not have a long shelf life. All three songs – ‘Kanhaiya Twitter Pe Aaja’, ‘Sahiba’ and ‘Ki Farak Penda Hai’ – are beautifully shot and choreographed, but not catchy. Kingsuk Chakraborty’s background score is decent.
Ayananka Bose’s cinematography is clean. The production design by Sumit Basu, Snigdha Basu and Rajneesh Hedao is very authentic and a common man will not realize that the entire film has been shot on a set and not on real life locations. Sheetal Sharma’s outfits are directly related to life. YFX’s VFX is top class. Charu Sri Roy’s editing is good.
Overall, The Great Indian Family relies on a promising story but fails to impress as the script and sequences lack substance. Due to lack of awareness the film will struggle at the box office.