My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves Hindi Movie Review

Feature Film
Jan 11, 2008 By Ashok Nayak

E Niwas won a National Award on his directorial debut for Shool. His second movie Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega was a moderate success at the box-office. But his last 2 films Dum with Vivek Oberoi and Bardasth with Bobby Deol bombed.

With My Name is Anthony Gonsalves, E Niwas launches a confident youngster Nikhil Dwivedi along with Amrita Rao, fresh from the super successful Vivah.

My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves is essentially the story about the friendship between two diametrically opposite characters; Anthony and Sikander Bhai, For Anthony, Sikander Bhai is like God, and for Sikander, Anthony is the little brother he never had. Thrown in is an array of interesting characters. Friendship, loyalty, love, career, truth, morality, all come into play, as Anthony has to choose between Sikander Bhai, and his dream to become an actor.

The movie begins slowly and continues without gaining any momentum for the entire first half, picks up post interval with a few brilliantly handled sequences but ends with a predictable climax. The problem with the movie is the script; the writing especially in the first half is poor. Direction by E Niwas is good in parts, but overall strictly average. Dialogues are good.

Nikhil Dwivedi is perfect for the character. He has an uncanny resemblance to Shahrukh Khan. It's a confident debut by the youngster. We could see more of him in the future. Amrita Rao in a surprisingly limited role looks great and acts well. Anupam Kher and Mithun Chakraborty are fantastic. Pawan Malhotra is brilliant!

Overall, My Name is Anthony Gonsalves is let down by a terrible script. The movie has little chances at the ticket window as the 2 big December releases (Taare Zameen Par and Welcome) are still very strong all over. Also the collections would further suffer due to tough competition from the other release this week, Ajay Devgan's Halla Bol.

Rating 2 / 5 (Average)

Ashok Nayak