Vidhu Vinod Chopra, who has produced such great films as PK and 3 Idiots, has taken up a new challenge, that of director. His debut film in that avatar is titled Broken Horses and is set to release on April 10th. It may surprise you, but this is not a Hindi film; in fact it is an English language film set in the US. Chopra also wrote the film and it is being produced and distributed by VCF (Vinod Chopra Films). In addition, the film stars some of the best, including Vincent D’Onofrio, Anton Yelchin, Chris Marquette, Sean Patrick Flanery, María Valverde, and Thomas Jane. Broken Horses, set in the shadows of the turbulent American-Mexican border, is described as a gritty, epic thriller about bonds of brotherhood, laws of loyalty and the futility of violence.
Synopsis: Having left town as a child after the death of his father, a young music prodigy, JACOB HECKUM returns to his desolate hometown after years only to discover that BUDDY, the child-like elder brother he left behind, now works for a notorious drug gang. The gang’s ruthless boss has twisted Buddy’s simple mind and manipulated him into a killer…a surrogate son who blindly does as he is told. Jacob is unable to convince Buddy to leave his new fraternity. Drowned in guilt for having abandoned him, Jacob realizes the only way to save Buddy is from the inside out.
The film has garnered praise from directors like Alfonso Cuaron who said, “Broken Horses overwhelmed me. The greatness of Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s films comes from the fact that all his characters are driven by love.” While the great James Cameron (Titanic) said, “Broken Horses is an artistic triumph. Beautifully written, acted and imaged, this film wraps slowly around you like a king snake and squeezes.”
At a special event, Chopra said that directing Broken Horses, especially it being an English language film, was one of the biggest challenges of his career but also one of the most satisfying.
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