India’s one of the most prolific and courageous indie filmmaker Qaushiq Mukherjee, better known as Q, is back with another bold yet entertaining film Brahman Naman that’s been premiered in Sundance Film Festival this year and also bagged by Netflix for the worldwide subscription video on demand (SVOD).
Set in the 80s backdrop, Brahman Naman is a film about a group of Bangalore University’s misfit quiz team members who manage to get into the national championships, and goes on for an alcohol-fuelled train journey to Calcutta to participate in the competition.
They are determined to defeat their arch-rivals while all desperate to lose their virginity. Certainly, they think they are super cool, but in reality they are horny geeks doused in their Quiz knowledge and desire of something else.
Considering the subject matter of Q’s films, be it the black and white rap-musical “Gandu”, or the film “Love in India” where he brought the topic sex from the usual closed doors and linked it to the love story of Lord Krishna and his lover, Radha, there is something unique that must be appreciated. He is certainly of the few modern age filmmakers who is at least trying to make whatever he wants to.
As Q rightly says: “None of my films are for the squeamish.”
Cast: Shashank Arora, Tanmay Dhanania, Chaitanya Varad, Vaiswath Shankar, Sindhu Sreenivasa Murthy, Sid Mallya.
It is the 1980s and NAMAN is a clever, know-it-all teenager. Along with his friends, AJAY and RAMU, they are ‘The Three Musketeers’ who win every quiz competition, using their prize money to get drunk. They think they are super cool, but in reality, they are geeks.
When the gang succeed in getting into the All-India quiz final, they go on a chaotic train ride to Calcutta with BERNIE, their 60 year old anarchist quizzer mentor. On the journey, Naman falls hard for NAINA, a super smart and drop dead gorgeous quizzer, who is his superior in every way.
As we follow Naman on his quest for love and glory, it is his adventures along the way and the characters that fill them that make the story so special – outsmarting rival quiz teams, seeking their revenge when they can’t and plots to humiliate the school jocks – all culminate in Naman finding out what he is really made of.
Brahman Naman is a true Indian teenage comedy. It is funny, touching and will be universal in its appeal. It is about the exhilaration and confusion of being 17 – the pleasure of being in a gang, breaking the rules, acting big, falling in love – coming of age. [© Copyright 2015 Riley]