My Brother… Nikhil: Promo Watch

Last Updated: Fri, Dec 17, 2004 09:43 hrs

Cast: Sanjay Suri, Juhi Chawla, Victor Bannerjee, Lillette Dubey, Dipannita Sharma, Shweta Kawaatra, Purab Kohli, Gautam Kapoor and Shyan Munshi

Trailer duration: 3 minutes 5 seconds

The Shaadi Ka Laddoo team of Sanjay Suri-Raj Kaushal-Vicky Tejwani are back again with a sensitive film revolving around the issue of AIDS. The film stars Sanjay Suri as the AIDS victim and is seen through the point of view of his sister played by Juhi Chawla. (Incidentally Sanjay Suri and Juhi Chawla played husband-wife in Jhankaar Beats). Under the banner of 'Four Front Films', My Brother… Nikhil is written and directed by Onir.

The chronologically cut trailer opens with the main protagonists of the film - Nikhil and his elder sister, shown as kids playing on the beaches of Goa. It essentially initiates the warm bonding between the brother and sister. This may be the first film where you will get to see Sanjay Suri parading in his bare torso. But then it's not without a reason (alike his other Bollywood macho-men contemporaries). Sanjay plays a national level swimmer in this film. 'He trained in the river, tamed the waves and ruled the pool' is an account of his character

Victor Bannerjee plays his father-cum-coach in the film who is a proud dad when his son wins a scholarship from the sports ministry. Lillette Dubey plays his mother. The teaser subsequently introduces other characters of the film. Shyan Munshi (Suri's co-star from Jhankaar Beats) plays his childhood friend who reunites with him as a co-contestant in a swimming championship. Dipannita Sharma plays his ladylove while Purab Kohli and Gautam Kapoor are his other close friends.

A happy family, ideal love and good friends - everything was perfect. Everything was fine with Nikhil until something happened. Nikhil was HIV positive. And the AIDS infection changes the society's outlook towards him. His swimming mates split up with him. He is expelled from his team. The promo further shows police arresting Nikhil and his father abandoning him.

The trailer very clearly expresses the theme of the film. My Brother… Nikhil is basically a film about encouraging social acceptance of AIDS victim and lending them support. The trailer concludes with comments and viewpoints from the entire cast about Nikhil and ends with Nikhil seated on a wheelchair and gone bald, as an outcome of the HIV infection, and gazing at the sea (Sanjay Suri had actually shaved his head for the scene).

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