I have been watching so many dramas lately that I needed to watch a comedy to lighten up the mood a bit. One thing is for sure and that is that I am a huge fan of 80’s teen comedies like Screwballs and so I came across Brahman Naman which is a Netflix Original Film. Naman (Shashank Arora) is a very smart Brahman who knows everything there is to know in the world which gives him and his fellow teammates the advantage at quiz shows. The only problem is that Naman and his friends may be smart, but not when it comes to women. As they prepare to head on a trip to the quiz show championships, they swear to try and lose their virginity, but it might not be as simple for a brahman man. The film also stars Tanmay Dhanania (Sugar Baby) as Ajay, Chaitanya Varad as Ramu, Vaishwath Shankar (Black Sheep) as Randy, Sindhu Sreenivasa Murthy as Ash, Subholina Sen (Buno Haansh) as Rita, Sid Mallya (The Hunt For Kingfisher Calendar Girl) as Ronnie, Denzil Smith (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) as Bernie, Shataf Figar (89) as Brian D’ Costa, Kartik Iyer as Henry, and the film was directed by Qaushiq Mukherjee (Gandu).
I definitely wanted to go international for a change with the films and this was a decent choice. The film really did have it’s moments where it was brilliant, but as far as a homage to 80’s teen sex comedies? I am not so sure because this film should definitely have it’s own identity without that label. Usually in teen sex comedies, there is always sort of that happy ending where everyone gets what they want, but not in this film. Well, someone gets what they want and everyone else loses out. Seeing Subholina Sen in some nice outerwear was definitely a highlight of the film and I guess it did have some nudity which is a key in 80’s teen sex comedies, but the relationship between these team was a highlight. It seems like a natural friendship on screen that you believe that they are almost like a gang or like the Three Musketeers. It definitely made the film easier and enjoyable to watch. One cool thing about the film too is that they play the same two songs without which is Jethro Tull’s Locomotive Breath and a cover of The Door’s Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar) which was an odd choice, but I wasn’t arguing with it. The latter was kind of like their battle cry which was cool. I wondered for the whole film what they meant when they called themselves Brahman and I looked it up. It apparently means this, “a member of the highest Hindu caste, that of the priesthood.” Anyways, I enjoyed watching the film, it was a little different, but I have to be honest with you. The reason I chose the film was because of a Steel Panther song in the trailer. I am going to give the film an B+ for a final grade.