The Great Indian Family is a 2023 family comedy drama directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya. Starring Vicky Kaushal, Kumud Mishra, Manoj Pahwa, and Manushi Chhillar in the lead roles and the film is produce by Yash Raj Films.
The story about a man, Bhajan Kumar, play by Vicky Kaushal, who is a devotional music singing sensation.
Bhajan Kumar learns that he might actually be from a different religious background, leading to an identity crisis.
Ved Vyas Tripathi, aka Bhajan Kumar, a Hindu man who faces an identity crisis and a personal dilemma when he got to know that he is actually a Muslim by birth.
The family receives a letter informing them that Ved is a Muslim by birth and Siyaram Tripathi, the family patriarch, is away on a pilgrimage.
As Ved questions his identity, his upset friend and the Tripathis’ rival Pandit, Mishra, plots to use this to bring him and his family down.
The Great Indian Family is led by Vicky Kaushal, but the real stars of the film are a trio of Kumud Mishra, Manoj Pahwa, and Yashpal Sharma.
This is not one of Vicky Kaushal’s finest performances.
Kumud Mishra and Manoj Pahwa are the true show toppers with their consistent and believable performances which brings depth and humor to the film.
Manoj Pahwa’s scene with Vicky at the interval, and Kumud Mishra’s act during the climax, will leave you in surprise.
The movie is to deliver the message of unity between two religions but lacks conviction.
The plot turns into a daily soap opera, with the bad guys editing images and videos to make Billu infamous on social media and demanding a DNA test to prove he is Siyaram’s son.
The movie try too much to draw a parallel between the two cultures but shows the similarities.
Unconvincing story by the end, it turns into a predictable fare with repeated dialogues on unity and humanity.
The production has been good, with the movie mostly set in the town.
The outdoor shots of bridges, rivers, and temples are super natural.
The movie captures the vibe of a town.
The Great Indian Family has a message but falls short in execution.
The film fails because of its predictability and over-the-top drama.
The soundtrack by Pritam is good.
Overall, the film does not offer very good storytelling, the film’s decent performances and underlying social message make it a one-time watch.