Anthony Gonsalves Review
Cast: Nikhil Dwivedi, Amrita Rao, Mithun Chakraborty, Anupam Kher, Pawan Malhotra, Javed Shaikh, Lillete Dubey, Saurabh Shukla, Mukesh Tiwari, Daya Shankar Pandey, D. Santosh; Director: E. Nivas ; Music: Pritam; Rating: **1/2
Meet young Anthony Gonsalves – no relation to Amar or Akbar. He is a struggler by the day and bartender by night. Anthony (Nikhil Dwivedi) has been brought up by dreaded gangster Sikander (Pawan Malhotra), but Sikander consciously keeps Anthony away from his world of crime.
Dreaming of becoming a star some day, Anthony is hopeful about someone, someday spotting his talent. Not aware of the rocky road to stardom, Anthony’s long wait finally ends when a young assistant director (Amrita Rao) gets him an audition. Anthony manages to bag a role in a film that is strikingly similar to the life of Sikander. But his world comes crumbling down when he catches Sikander committing a murder. Being the only witness to the murder, Anthony soon has the law chasing him. Torn between loyalty towards Sikander and his own ideals, Anthony is caught in a huge dilemma. To make matters worse, this incident might become the roadblock on his route to stardom.
It’s an extremely simple film with very believable characters. Anthony’s misconceptions about getting a break in the industry and how he reacts to the thankless roles being offered to him are easy to relate to.
Despite having the underworld as an important element, the film does not become grim. Almost all through the film, the two parallel tracks about the gangsters and Anthony’s struggle as an actor move smoothly.
The film has a great supporting cast Mithun Chakraborty (the priest who can pack quite a punch), Anupam Kher (the hassled mafia boss), Lillete Dubey (the intellectual filmmaker), Saurabh Shukla (the struggler-turned-cameraman), Pawan Malhotra and many others who perform their scenes with conviction. In fact, it is the supporting cast and their natural acting that actually makes the film engaging.
Nikhil Dwivedi has an innocent face that suits the role of a struggler. But at the same time he lacks the presence to keep you glued for 16 long reels. His expressions remind you of both Shahid Kapur and SRK. In fact, Nikhil tends to ape Khan’s dimpled smile in many scenes, especially the songs.
Towards the end, the director puts Anthony’s career on hold and concentrates Anthony’s relationship with Sikander. Also while the film moves at an easy pace throughout, the second half tends to drag.
Finally My Name… is a film that doesn’t try to show off or take itself too seriously. It’s got likeable characters, who you could visit on a lazy Sunday afternoon.