E Niwas has worked his magic with a raw newcomer and an intense supporting cast to make magic with MY NAME IS ANTHONY GONSALVES. The director has a tight script and is assisted with some slick editing by Rameshwar S Bhagat. However, Bhagat should have chopped off around 15 minutes. What will work for this movie though is ‘word of mouth’ since it has no big names to boast about.
E Niwas has his stamp all over the flick. He has handled his characters very well, especially Nikhil Dwivedi, who surprises with his performance. The trio of Pawan Malhotra, Mukesh Tiwari and Daya Shankar Pandey are a treat to watch. Caught in a Julius Casear-Brutus-Cassius like situation, the three owe alliance to Murtuza (Anupam Kher), a dreaded underworld don.
The dialogues are witty and sometimes intense. One dialogue in particular, has everyone erupting with laughter when Anupam faces opposition as he hands over the reins to Sikander (Pawan Malhotra) instead of his nephew Maqsood (Mukesh Tiwari), from Riyaaz (Daya Shankar Pandey). When Riyaaz tells Murtuza that Maqsood is his blood and he should take over, Murtuza says, “Khoon to khatmal mein bhi hai, iska matlab yeh to nahi ki unko gaddi de do.” As the kingpin, Anupam Kher controls his men with maturity, but it is Pawan Malhotra who towers over the rest with his personality, dialogue delivery and body language. Utmost care is taken to see that his attire does justice to his image.
Sikander had adopted a young Anthony (Nikhil Dwivedi) and put him in charge of Father Braganza (Mithun Chakraborty). Though Anthony works in his bar, Sikander has kept him away from the world of crime he is in. Anthony nurses a dream of making it as a film star and makes the rounds of various auditions. One day, Anthony, accidentally witnesses Sikander, Maqsood and Riyaaz taking off a dead body from the basement of their home. That’s when all hell breaks loose. Sikander is caught between killing the one he has adopted, and accepting the decision of the one who adopted him (Murtuza).
The movie has enough twists and turns to keep you entertained in your seats. The end, however, is reminiscent of the 80s when everyone would be at one place with the cops reaching just in time.
Nikhil Dwivedi has a bright future. The boy has confidence in his abilities and this will stand him in good stead in films to come. Amrita Rao, who is cast opposite Nikhil is sweet as the role demands her to be. She adds freshness to the thrills with her cute expressions and spontaneous performance.
Overall, the look of the film is good keeping in mind the gangster theme. There’s an item number, too, thrown in to spice up things with Hrishitaa Bhatt and an appearance by Prikanka Chopra which begins the proceedings with a bang.
To go or not: Total time pass and guaranteed paisa vasool fare. But like I said earlier, with no big names to boast, this film might sink. Word of mouth will definitely do the trick.