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Brahman Naman (2016)

Brahman Naman (2016)

Shashank AroraTanmay DhananiaChaitanya VaradVaishwath Shankar
Qaushiq Mukherjee


Brahman Naman (2016) is a English movie. Qaushiq Mukherjee has directed this movie. Shashank Arora,Tanmay Dhanania,Chaitanya Varad,Vaishwath Shankar are the starring of this movie. It was released in 2016. Brahman Naman (2016) is considered one of the best Comedy movie in India and around the world.

This homage to 1980s teen sex comedies follows a college quiz bowl champion who knows almost everything, except how to talk to women.

Brahman Naman (2016) Reviews

  • Quirky offbeat film that I really liked! You might, too :)


    Okay. So I watched this movie last night. I'm not sure what naysayers have against it, but I would most certainly recommend it to someone who's grown up in India. Even more so to someone who's been a 70s or 80s child. And really really very much to someone who's into trivia. And lastly to anyone who's been a young man in this country, wondering how to get the girls :) That being said, I'll list out some of the things that I loved about the movie --- 1) Look and feel: The movie has been shot remarkably well. The credits, the sets, the production.. it's all classy. Very nicely done. 2) The 80s feels: I do not know what the India of the 80s was like, but I was struck by how nicely they've tried to live true to the movie's setting. There were certainly things that I could relate to, having seen small town India in the 90s :) 3) Narrative, Editing & Direction: I cannot recall a single dull moment in the movie. The narrative grasps you right from the outset and does not let go till the end.

  • This is how you make Cinema


    This piece of brilliant fusion between JethroTull and Cinema has blown me away from the beginning. The script is witty yet simple and one does see originality in it. This should be a lesson to all the 'Filmmakers' of Bollywood. I highly recommend it for the acting is simple yet strong at the same time. This probably is the first time that i have heard JethroTull in a Desi movie and for that alone you should watch it. Its 1.35 hours of pure unadulterated fun with the quality of the actors diction being recognized. Set in the 80's, this classic epitomizes the culture that one strains to see today. If it were a simple boy meets girl falls in love movie, i too would have given it a 5. something, however i rate it a big 9.

  • Well Written and Extremely well executed


    Puberty brings a lot of curiosity with it. When you do not get any action you will frustrated. Sexual frustrations of Naman and friends is beautifully shown. Double standards of Brahmans are showcased in a very sarcastic way. This is a coming of age film that is quirky , weird and humorous. Loved all the dialouge in quiz language or geek langauge

  • worth a watch


    Okay first things first, I am a female reviewing this movie. I really like the aesthetics. The medium film is a visual medium and this movie really makes full use of visuals and editing, also sound editing to make jokes. It's really inventive that way. Or maybe I just think it's inventive because I haven't watched enough movies to know better, but what I mean is, you know, whoever made this movie had a vision. Also like the writing.The jokes are funny, witty and the back and forth between the characters, it should sound forced and fake but doesn't. everything is adorably quirky I guess this movie is setting out to capture that specific life of nerdy upper class Brahman college students in Bangalore in the 80's. I wouldn't know if it did that authentically, but somehow this all feels like something that must have been like that at some time. The movie is incredibly sexist and doesn't shy away from making its main character look like an elitist, sexist asshole. The male gaze is everywhere in this movie and it's obsessed with naked women, specifically their nipples and vaginas. The addition of the womens quizz team they meet in the train doesn't excuse all the objectification. Naina in the end, is as much a male nerd's fantasy as those nipples and vaginas. However, the movie isn't kind to it's male characters either, they're shown as hormone driven, insecure and even emasculated pricks. So yeah, the movie is shitty to both men and women. And while the sexism never gets condemned, it doesn't get justified either. For whatever that's worth. All in all, pretty good movie. I just wanted to make sure that sexism thing was gonna be mentioned in at least one of the reviews.

  • Sex & Glory. ♦ Grade C-


    Quaint films always hit the spot right, which has been the case with some of Q's previous films. However, this comedy drama is more of a stage performance that showcases the natural world's perversity from various angles, only to end up convoluted. It's the 1980s, and Naman (Arora), a Brahmin teenager obsessed with a fervent desire for sex, and his gang of college friends are trying to secondarily win a national-level quiz competition while primarily trying to roll in the hay with any girl who they find attractive, strictly for virginity-losing purposes. A la Dil Chahta Hai (2001), he has a lady friend who is ever-ready to help him roll, but, you see, Naman also considers the face when it comes to coitus, especially regarding the fact that he has, till now, settled for his hand, fish, or some other ingenious contraptions for spilling the lead. While blurting out literature references involving the Bard and Joyce and rambling how Hamlet and other works could've been written by a migrant from Madras, the gang, now along with their college fresher friend, loiter around the college, cafe, and beer bars to ogle at girls and, mainly, at their habiliments, including the unmentionables, of course, occasionally guessing the color of that of the hottest girl in the campus. (Red, pink, or white?) It's like they are trying to find the meaning of life where in life's end-all, be-all conclusion is orgasm. Over-smart is what the rest of the cast and some of the audience would call these young men, until a group of girls enter the scene as the gang travel to Calcutta for the next round of the quiz competition. Thankfully, the male gaze is not maintained as a topic for long here, because other than cleavages and skirt slips, you are also shown close-ups of the male organ both while it's flaccid and in action. But, is that enough to exonerate the film from being sexist? Not really, but the girl gang is smarter than Naman and his nerdy group while we are again exposed to the characters' literary expertise as they discuss relationships, cast, and other less interesting stuff. Naman and his gang eventually end up lying to each other about each other's sex escapades, and achieve pleasure by imbibing alcohol on a larger level. The conclusion of the story is rather clumsily handed as Naman hopes to finally put his P in a V, but the process is muddled by his own insecurity or fear of losing his cherry. The narrative also brushes on the parents of these creatures as being silent helicopters trying to feed some wisdom into their arrogant minds. But, Naman, who does not mind masturbating inside his refrigerator where his next-day's food breathes, also does not care about anything other than sex and trying to hit it out with that enigmatic gal who wears mini-skirts and radiates seduction. Basically, the film glorifies the desire for casual sex in the Hippies era, although never succumbing to anachronism. Q and Naman Ramachandran get brownie points for those fabulous dialogues and the Beatles-era slang references, but the narration is not entirely fathomable. The central characters' desire is understood, but what they really want is never explained. It maybe that the theme of the film wanted to strain on this idea - where teenagers think they want something, but when they finally get it, it looks grotesque and unappealing. Sex CAN be described that way, yes, and Brahman Naman flows with no holds barred. It does even cross the line of vulgarity quite a few times, but thank goodness, we have Netflix. The makers have done a few things wrong here, but they got one thing, among others, right: the way of life of teenagers 30 years ago and how sex always found a place in every young adult conversation. Arora is fantastic, and most of the cast do an excellent job in doing what they were told to do. Surprised to see Sid Mallya here in a role that he may not be proud of. Writing is fine, except for the places where I thought it sampled inscrutability. With some clever use of art and popular culture, this film demands a one-time watch, at least, for there's some crazy sequences and ideas here that should be lauded for their explicitness. BOTTOM LINE: Q's Brahman Naman is a 90-minute collection of sequences which will give you a feeling of cinema as compared to the feeling of pleasure when you are having "it" for the first time: it's not great, but it teaches you some things for your future kinky endeavors. Watchable on a free Netflix package. Can be watched with a typical Indian family? NO


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