“The Great Indian Family,” directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya, is a thought-provoking film that revisits the theme of unity in diversity, originally explored by director Yash Chopra in films like “Dhool Ka Phool” and “Dharmputra.” The movie introduces us to Ved Vyas Tripathi, portrayed by Vicky Kaushal, the son of a respected Hindu priest. Ved’s life takes an unexpected turn when he discovers he was born to a Muslim mother.
The film skillfully navigates the complexities that arise from this revelation, with Ved’s conservative family facing social pressure and a rival priest exploiting the situation. The casting and editing are impeccable, ensuring that the film’s underlying message remains subtle. Vicky Kaushal once again delivers a powerful performance, supported by seasoned actors like Kumud and Manoj.
The movie primarily targets those who may have preconceived notions about religions based on social media and lack personal connections with people from diverse backgrounds. Writer-director Vijay Krishna Acharya skillfully dismantles stereotypes with a light touch, combining social drama with satire to address the issue of hate-mongering in casual conversations.
The film also highlights the democratic nature of religion when the Tripathi family engages in voting to decide on religious rituals and family matters. It cleverly portrays how religion can evolve with the times, such as Bhajan Kumar’s attempt to bring religious communication into the digital age.
Additionally, the film addresses growing bigotry in the new generation of India, depicting the shock of individuals engaging in a “surgical strike” in a neighborhood and discovering an actor they’ve seen in a Ramleela performance. Ved’s journey to understand and embrace his Muslim heritage is portrayed through his changing attire, eating habits, and speech, culminating in a Sufi blessing for divine guidance.
“The Great Indian Family” is a relevant and thought-provoking film that challenges stereotypes and underscores the importance of unity in diversity in today’s society.