Film review: Brothers is an overcooked version of Warrior in Indian Spices

Director: Karan Malhotra
Producer: Karan Johar
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Sidharth Malhotra, Jacqueline Fernandez, Jackie Shroff, Shefali Shah and others.
Music: Chinmayi Sripada, Mohammad Irfan, Shreya Ghoshal, Vishal Dadlani, Sonu Nigam and Neeti Mohan
Running time: 158 mins    

For India it is street fighting, while for rest of the world it is Mixed Martial Arts. Though it is illegal yet it is the base on which the film Brothers is made. This Karan Johar film is packed with blood, twisting opponent’s bones, anger and vengeance.

Garson was a ring fighter of his time. All hell breaks loose on the family on a day as Gary , fuelled by alchohol blows one punch at his wife Maria killing her on spot. Thus good turned into hatred relationship is introduced between two step brothers. In the course of the film, at one moment the three main men characters of the film are introduced whose life course changes from thereafter. Garson, Monty and David played by Jackie Shroff, Akshay Kumar and Sidharth Malhotra respectively stares eye opened at the dead body Maria Fernandes, played by Shefali Shah.
The story of David, played by Akshay Kumar, is shown in the background. After his separation from Monty and Gray, he completes his education and becomes a school teacher. He is also a street fighter, who falls for Jenny Fernandes, played by Jacqueline Fernandez, and marries her. They have an ill daughter who survives on dialysis and needs kidney transplant after few years. He needs money for his ailing daughter’s treatment. On the other hand, Monty Fernandes, played by Sidharth Malhotra, wants to prove himself superior in front of his father and his elder brother, David. So both brothers takes part in Mixed Martial Arts tournament called Right to Fight.

Till the end of two hours, every now and then the past of the family poops up. Those past incidents briefs the good and hash days that the family has gone through. And in between all these Gary blames himself for all ill happenings. These sentimental illusions are followed by melancholy songs.

Though Brothers is a remake of 2011 film Warrior, yet its concept is something very new among the Bollywood movies. The 2012 Agneepath maker Karan Malhotra delivers a good watchable movie.

The songs are decent but too emotional except the item number by Kareena Kapoor Khan, a much needed break away from dramatic violence, typical Indian family feud and melancholy tones.  

Akshay Kumar is no new to action oriented role for many years. This time too he does that wil elan and more maturely. For Sidharth it would be good action movie after Ek Villain. It is a first of its kind role for Jackie Shroff and he delivers his role very convincingly. The scene when he cries back when both his sons face each other in the knock-out round is really an emotional one.. Jacqueline too performs really well in the movie. She is a responsible mother and a supportive partner at the time of crisis. Sefali Shah also plays a good role as the mother who wants to unite the family with Gary, Monty and David.

Overall the film is a overcooked version of its original and is laced with all the Indian spices available. Keeps the critic’s aside, the larger part of the Indian audience prefers it that away only. The tale of Brothers in Ring will surely keep the box office ringing.

Review by Paulami Chandra