Amar, Akbar and Tony is an original and authentic film that will have you instantly hooked. The minute I started watching, I couldn’t stop. I didn’t know what was coming next and the cast’s portrayal of the characters made me want to know what would happen to them. It was this that made me want to keep watching. It was effortless to watch and the time flew by. I found it hugely enjoyable, engaging and entertaining with heart breaking and brilliant laugh out loud moments.
The independent British comedy drama is set in multicultural London, which follows the childhood friendship of Amar, a Sikh; Akbar, a Muslim and Tony, an Irish Catholic. The film tells the story of friendship, family and finding love and when happens when a tragic twist of events changes everything.
Directed and written by Atul Malhotra, who beautifully and believably captures the complexity of modern relationships with a talented cast that are convincing in their roles. The title roles are played by Rez Kempton as Amar (The Mummy), Sam Vincenti as Akbar (Da Vinci’s Demons) and Martin Delaney as Tony (Now You See Me 2). The film also stars Karen David (Once Upon a Time, Galavant) and Laura Aikman (Keith Lemon, The Movie), Amrita Acharia (Game of Thrones), Meera Syal (Goodness Gracious Me) Goldy Notay (Sex and the City 2) and Nina Wadia (Bend It Like Beckham).
Although the name bears similarity to the iconic 70’s Bollywood film and one of my favourite films “Amar Akbar Anthony”, this is not a western remake as I initially thought it might be. It’s a nod to the classic by a fellow film fan by Atul Malhotra.
Personally, I liked how the film portrayed the British Asian community. It is so refreshing to see a film that isn’t reinforcing outdated stereotypes and that actually explores and addresses the multiplicity of what it means to be growing up in and living in a culture that is a hybrid of the dual British and Asian environment. I liked the way the characters were presented as more than just cultural beings, more than the colour of their skin, more than their name…they were people! It sounds silly but often I find films featuring British Asians are two dimensional, which is most definitely not the case here. I found it to be realistic and believable. I loved it! I can’t recommend it enough and I can’t wait to see what Atul comes up with next.
Amar Akbar and Tony is now available to stream worldwide via Netflix, iTunes and Amazon. The film is also available to buy as DVD via Amazon here
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