There is a gentleman on radio who has been singing paeans to desi food cooked in Leonardo olive oil . Well Broken Horses ne tou jaise vigyapan mai kehte hain na olive oil mai samosas khila diye. Sadly this movie smells of Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag ; and its just not Julius Hench/ Vincent D'Onofrio's paranoia about fire.
So two young boys are orphaned somewhere along the US-Mexico border when their sherrif father is gunned down at a shooting range by a mystery figure. The elder of the two gets easily influenced by a character who could have so easily been played by Gulshan Grover..bad man very bad man..into gunning down his adversaries over time. The younger brother is a gifted violinist and we find him fifteen years later auditioning for the New York Philhalmornic and engaged to a dead ringer for Madhuri Dixit.
It takes for an earnest plea to return home to accept a wedding present that the elder brother cant logistically bring to the wedding; for the younger bro to return to the cesspool that is their hometown. And thats when the trouble begins. Mostly for the audience.
Vidhu Vinod Chopra takes the bittersweet crime family drama that was Parinda and tries to give it a Tex Mex mix; well it didnt work with all these chips they keep trying to selling us and it surely isnt happening with this film. And its criminal when we have to watch how Vidhu Vinod treats some much beloved bits from Parinda. As I said Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag ab bhi sulag rahi hai.
What could have worked for this project was if Vidhu Vinod had gone out on a limb and made this film full masala as we saw in Moulin Rouge. How fun would it have been if the one of the two brothers had seen evil Julius wearing two odd numbered shoes and it all comes back to them. Or at least have made Jakey (the younger brother's) former music teacher watch Sholey...see when a crime kingpin gives you an option to either save your legs or your arms. ALWAYS CHOOSE YOUR LEGS. The good Thakur will agree.
What this movie has made me do is respect the brilliance that was Jackie, Anil, Madhuri and our good friend Nana Patekar so many years ago.
Sorry ji. This movie left me pretty broken spirited.