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January 11, 2008

No face for the movies

Filed under: Our FIlms — Rajeev @ 10:10 pm

January 11, 2008

Cast: Nikhil Dwivedi, Amrita Rao, Pawan Malhotra, Anil Kapoor

Director: E Niwas

Ask any serious movie buff and he’ll agree that there’s nothing worse that suffering a boring film. Sitting in my seat watching director E Niwas’ latest film My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves unfold on screen, I felt like I was being punished for a crime I didn’t commit.

The film itself is hard to describe because you’re not quite sure what to make of it. Sure it’s a thriller on one level, but for a thriller it’s a pretty bad one because it’s entirely predictable and doesn’t once take you by surprise. It’s also meant to be a light-hearted comedy on another level, but the humour isn’t very smart either.

Newcomer Nikhil Dwivedi plays Anthony Gonsalves, a waiter in a shady suburban bar that’s run by local dons. An orphan who’s been raised by the priest at a local church, Anthony’s spent most of his twenty-something years obsessing about being a movie star, but like he’s been told on many occasions, he just doesn’t have the face for it.

Even as he continues to struggle to make it in the movies, Anthony happens to chance upon an ugly secret that shows him a whole new side of a friend he thought he knew inside out. It’s up to him now to decide whether he wants to make the right decision or the easy one.

Despite an earnest performance by newcomer Nikhil Dwivedi, My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves is a dull-as-dull-can-be drama which is held together by the flimsiest script that may have ever been written. The film wastes the talents of such actors as Pawan Malhotra, Mithun and even poor Amrita Rao.

There’s just one time I smiled during this film and it was in that scene in which our aspiring actor protagonist gets an acting lesson from Anil Kapoor who explains to him Stanislavsky’s lessons of acting. Don’t miss our good ol’ Anil Kapoor mispronounce poor Stanislavsky’s name, not once but thrice in that single scene.

For that scene alone, you might want to risk watching this film, for my part, I can’t go with anything else but one out of five for E Niwas’ My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves. I think I can sense the late Manmohan Desai contemplating legal action against these guys for ripping off the title of his outstanding song for this ridiculous film.

(This review first aired on CNN-IBN)

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