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Times of India
'Brave Heart' starts off like a documentary would. Actor Atul Parchure introduces the viewers to Kadav, the village this film is based in, and the Karkhanis family, especially Nikhil.
Soon, we are taken into flashback, but not before Parchure reveals how the film ends, in the first five minutes. This giveaway ensures that you watch the film waiting for the inevitable to happen. But somehow, the Dasbabu directorial manages to interest you; perhaps because of it being a real-life account.
Nikhil (Samel) is passionate about mountaineering and accompanies his father (Nalawade) on treks since childhood. As he grows up, Nikhil and his band of friends go on regular treks and one of these, Nikhil experiences a searing pain in his left leg. Just to rule out any serious health issue, Nikhil goes for a check-up. Turns out, he has a rare neurological disorder. Not one to give up, he remains positive and doesn’t let anyone pity him. Soon, he achieves success in his field of work and gets married too. But with time, his condition worsens and this affects his relations with the family members.
This is not a film that asks us to pity the disabled. In fact, it is a story of how a person can conquer all odds and emerge victorious. Sangram Samel’s act is balanced and convincing. He and Arun Nalawade have the major chunk of screen presence and they make the most of it. Veteran Sulabha Deshpande too does a good job as Nikhil’s grandmother.
'Brave Heart' is a film with potential that sends out a genuine message about staying positive and happy in life. However, it fails to keep the tempo consistent and thereby doesn’t engross the viewer.