Film Preview | Amar Akbar & Tony5 min read . Updated: 26 Sep 2014, 02:10 PM IST
A Sikh, a Muslim and an Irish Catholic take stock of their lives in contemporary London in Atul Malhotra's movie
Manmohan Desai’s madcap 1970s comedy Amar Akbar Anthony, about three brothers separated by circumstance, has inspired the title of a British drama about three friends driven apart by circumstance. Atul Malhotra’s Amar Akbar & Tony, which will be showing in the Film India Worldwide section at the forthcoming Mumbai Film Festival (14-21 October), combines comedy and seriousness to explore the predicaments that face its lead trio. Amar (Rez Kempton) is a Sikh whose promising career gets derailed, Tony (Martin Delaney) is in love with the wrong woman, while Akbar (Sam Vincenti) is an ambitious nightclub owner with his own share of issues. Had it been made a decade ago, the movie would have been put into the “Brit-Asian cinema basket", along with the film and television work of Gurinder Chadha, Meera Syal and Sanjeev Bhaskar (Syal has a hilarious cameo in Amar Akbar & Tony). Despite its Indian-origin characters, the 93-minute movie works well as a serio-comic exploration of ambition being thwarted by external factors. The characters might be Asian, but they identifiably belong to the multicultural Britain of the present, and their problems could be those of any set of young people anywhere in the world. Edited excerpts from an email interview with Malhotra, who lives and works in London.
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