Brothers

Bollywood has seen many films based on the theme of brothers. Be it the love between the brothers or hatred, Bollywood has done it all. This week's release is BROTHERS, a story about two warring brothers. Will this brotherhood hit gold at the box-office or will the war of the brothers spell doom… let's analyze.

BROTHERS starts off with the release of Gary (Jackie Shroff) from a jail after having served imprisonment for (accidentally) killing his wife Maria (Shefali Shah). Upon his release from the jail, he is received by his son Monty (Sidharth Malhotra). When Gary asks Monty about his elder son David (Akshay Kumar), the story goes into a flashback mode which reflects the past life of Gary and all the reasons and incident that led him to be jailed. Realizing his mistake, when Gary goes to David to ask for forgiveness for all his misdoings, David refuses to forgive him. David's life now only revolves around his rock-solid wife Jenny (Jacqueline Fernandez) and his 6 year old daughter Maria, who is suffering from a serious kidney ailment. It is for the treatment of Maria that David doubles up as a Physics professor as well as a street fighter (read 'underground fighter'). However, fearing the impression that he will leave on his students, the school authorities debar him from his job. This makes David furthermore helpless and street fighting becomes his only hope of survival. Around the same time, enters Peter Breganza (Kiran Kumar) who is all set to give the street fighting a much needed facelift in the form of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) by organizing the world renowned 'R2F' tournament (Right To Fight) in India, which boasts of a prize money that amounts to a whopping Rs. 9 crores to the ultimate winner. Monty, who is already a street fighter, gets attracted to this contest while Paasha (Ashutosh Rana) signs up David as his fighter for the tournament. Monty receives all the possible (rigorous) training under his ex-fighter father Gary, on the other hand, knowing this is a lifetime opportunity David grabs it with both the hands. With no trainer guiding him, David starts his set of hardcore training for the deadly combat. The tournament begins and David and Monty beat their powerful opponents one after the other. After having defeated all the opponents, there comes a time when the final battle is between David and Monty and the one who 'cripples' the other will become the ultimate winner. Do David and Monty forgo their brotherhood on the battle field for the sake of money, what is the real reason for David to hate Monty so much and does David become successful in collecting enough money for his daughter's treatment is what forms the rest of the film.

The film's director Karan Malhotra, who had earlier made AGNEEPATH (starring Hrithik Roshan), has tried only too hard to live upto everyone's expectations, which is something that shows in the film. In an attempt to do so, even though he captures the emotions strongly, he starts struggling with the pace in the first half of the film, which is dedicated in establishing the film's set up and the emotional drama. The sad part here is that, the drama in the first half fails to stir the emotions of the audience. The extremely slow and snail-paced first half makes you impatient considering that you are in the theatre to watch a hardcore action film. The lengthy first half comes across as a big hindrance. Karan Malhotra could have trimmed the first half by a good 15 minutes to make it look and feel crisper. The film, by all means, picks up in the second half. Despite this pick up, Karan's story-telling seems to be losing grip in the second half as all the focus is totally on the film's action sequences. Even though the film is an 'official remake' of the Hollywood film WARRIOR (which had Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton), it is really sad to see that BROTHERS is nowhere even near to the original film. Karan Malhotra seems to have lost his way in adaptation of the film's screenplay. Having said that, Karan Malhotra needs to be given the brownie points for 'treating' the viewers with MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) and also in successfully portraying the struggles of a middle class Indian family. The last fifteen minutes of the film are a must watch. Karan Malhotra has managed to capture the action scenes really well and is probably the first for a Bollywood film.

Amongst the actors, Jackie Shroff gets the crown for his brilliant performance of a helpless father who has unintentionally destroyed his happy family. The guilt that he expresses throughout the film cannot be expressed in words. This is one of Jackie's best performances till date. Akshay Kumar, on the other hand, does full justice to his role of a Physics teacher who is forced to take up street fighting to support his family financially. While he excels in the fight sequences (do not miss his training sessions), he also finely balances his role by exhibiting his emotional side with equal conviction. Sharing screen space with experienced actors like Jackie Shroff and Akshay Kumar is not an easy task, yet Sidharth Malhotra manages to hold on strong. He not only walks (and also fights) shoulder to shoulder with Akshay Kumar in the film; he also excels in the emotional scenes. One however feels that his character should have been given more meat. Having said that, Akshay Kumar and Sidharth Malhotra definitely deserve a pat on their back for developing the convincing physiques for their roles and also for taking the art of fighting onto a different level altogether in the film. Jacqueline Fernandez, who plays a mother for the first time in her career, does a decent job, despite hers being a non-glam role. Shefali Shah in her small role is sheer brilliance. Ashutosh Rana and Kiran Kumar are decent. Even though Kareena Kapoor is in her usual element in the item song 'Mera Naam Mary', one does feel that the song is forced into the film, something that could have been easily avoided. Even the commentary during the fights seems way too quirky.

The film's background score is average and the film's music (Ajay-Atul) is decent. The film scores heavily in the cinematography department (Hemant Chaturvedi) and the action department. As mentioned before, the film's editing (Akiv Ali) seems to be a bit of letdown as it could have been a bit crisper. The film's lead actors mainly speak the language of punches and blows, however the film's dialogues (Mandira Shukla) lack the 'punches' to impress the masses.

On the whole, BROTHERS is a huge letdown on the account of its slow pace and lack of emotional connect. At the box office, the movie will enjoy huge footfalls over the weekend due to Independence Day Holiday and lack of credible opposition at the cinema halls. The real struggle for the film however will start from Monday onwards, which would turn out to be the deciding factor of the fate of the film.


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Brothers Movie Review - Bonding of Emotion And Action...

Expectations:

Many of our mythological and historical tales narrate the story of warring brothers. One can find such topics commonly in our Hindi cinema right from the Ganguly brothers (Ashok Kumar-Kishore Kumar) in 'Bhai Bhai' to the Khan brothers (Feroz Khan - Sanjay Khan) in 'Mela', followed by many more films. The tussle between two brothers changed, as per its era right from Amitabh Bachchan-Shashi Kapoor in 'Deewar' to Anil Kapoor-Jackie Shroff in films like 'Ram Lakhan' or 'Parinda'. Audience used to love such explosive tiffs between the brothers in the films. Sadly, these films started to fade out from our Hindi cinema and found its solace in the regional ones, despite of having minor sparks in films like 'Dabangg' or 'Krissh 3'. Thus, right from the first promo of 'Brothers', the excitement level was at its highest peak as the audience wanted to see such type of films from a long time. So, let's find out whether 'Brothers' will restart the faded tales of two warring family members or might end up being outdated and over melodramatic.

Brothers Movie ReviewStory

'Brothers' is a story of a street fighter Gary Fernandes (Jackie Shroff), who gets released from the jail only to find out that his sons David (Akshay Kumar) and Monty (Sidharth Malhotra) have parted away from each other. David is staying with his wife (Jacqueline Fernandez) and his ailing daughter, whereas Monty has transformed himself into a loner. Peter Bregenja (Kiran Kumar) brings a mixed martial arts competition in India and due to some reasons David and Monty become a part of this tournament. David and Monty have lots to stake in and thus what happens next is what the entire film is all about.

Brothers MovieScreenplay & Technicalities:

The story, as we all know is an official adaptation of a Hollywood film 'Warriors' and one can find some minor resemblance with films like 'Apne', 'Main Inteqam Loonga' and few more. The first half is totally emotional drama followed by action packed drama in the second half of the film. The first half takes its own sweet time to establish the plot, whereas the second half despite having fantastic action scenes, lacks a bit over the emotional connect. The live commentary by Kavi Shashti and Raj Zutshi was terrible followed by tracks of supporting actors like Kulbhushan Kharbanda. The hatred part between Akshay and Sidharth needed more detailing. On the positive part, the movie has some great scenes like Jackie's returning back to his house, followed by his first meet with Akshay, entire emotional flashback part featuring Shefali Shah and Jackie, training of Akshay and Sidharth followed by Akshay's fights in the tournament and a few more. The narrative part is super slow due to which one keeps disconnecting with the flow of the film. The climax is weak and needed to be more hard hitting and emotional. The camera work is superb and cinematographer Hemant Chaturvedi gives the movie an international style. The fight scenes have been shot as per international level. Editing should have been crisper.

Brothers Movie Wallpaper.jpgMusic & Direction:

Music by Ajay Atul is not memorable, but, 'Gaaye Jaa' is brilliantly placed in the film with full emotions attached to it. 'Sapna Jahan' is well sung but fails to go with the flow of the film. 'Brothers Anthem' goes with the mood of the film. 'Mera Naam Mary' featuring Kareena Kapoor Khan will be loved by the front benchers. The background music is energetic.

Director Karan Malhotra does decent justice to the original film and indianised the film with the help of his writers. This movie is much better than his last film 'Agneepath', which ended up being one of those badly remade films. In 'Brothers' one can see the evolved version of Karan Malhotra, who treats this movie as a big entertainer, films just like they were made a couple of decades back. If only he would have kept the pace of the film bit tight and a more powerful climax, the end results would have been record breaking. Nevertheless, he ends up delivering a good entertainer which will be loved by the masses and family audience.

Performances:

Akshay Kumar does his part with grace. He shines out in the action scenes and ends up performing them in an entertaining manner. Sidharth looks raw and dangerous and displays a good performance. Jackie Shroff is outstandingly brilliant. All his sins of doing bad to worse films in last two decades, have been wiped out due to one of his best performances in recent times. Shefali Shah in her small role is highly impressive and connects with you. Shefali and Jackie's scenes are the soul of the film. Jacqueline Fernandez is fine in her part. Ashutosh Rana and Kiran Kumar lend good support. Raj Zutshi and Kavi Shastri are highly irritating. Kulbhushan Kharbanda hams to the fullest.

Brothers Movie StillSo bol meri 'Filmi Khopdi' iss film mein kitna hain Dum???

Dum??? Well the movie has lots of dum over its action, emotional and dramatic scenes. Also, some fine performances and good action make this movie the latest flavour of the season. If you have seen the original Hollywood film, then this movie is not your cup of tea and also for all those who does not like slow pace action drama. As for others, 'Brothers' will be a decent entertainer, which displays the bonding of emotion and action scenes.

Ratings - 3.5/5

Gour Hari Dastaan Movie Review - A Well Intended Saga...

Expectations:Our Hindi films have recently been obsessed, over making biopic films based on the life of a sports person, film stars, political leaders, industrialist and many such famous personalities. There was a time when our makers used to make films inspired by a famous personalities and used to change its happenings in order to dramatize it or have cinematic plot attached to it. Barring few film makers from the older era like V. Shantaram (Dr. Kotnis Ki Amar Kahani) and a few more, every other filmmaker took the cinematic liberty and avoided having direct references in their films. Thankfully, with changing times our filmmakers from today's era have evolved, due to which they have been making films with direct references and much needed research attached to it. Though, most of these filmmakers choose a famous personality in order to cash in over its popularity, but, then there are few filmmakers who have dared to narrate a tale of a common man. 'Gour Hari Dastaan' is one such film which narrates the struggle of a common man trying to establish his identity. So let's find out whether 'Gour Hari Dastaan' will manage to hit the right chord and start a fad of making biopics based on the life of a common man or might end up being one of those films, where besides the basic theme, there is nothing worth mentioning.Gour Hari Dastaan Movie ReviewStory'Gour Hari Dastaan' is a true story based on the life of Gour Hari Das (Vinay Pathak), who has been fighting a silent war for thirty two years against the government to prove his patriotic association towards the nation. His struggle gets fastened up with the help of two journalist Rajiv (Ranvir Shorey) and Anita (Tannishtha Chatterjee). But, things are not as easy as it seems so and thus, what happens next is what the entire film is all about.Screenplay & Technicalities:The story is based on the real life happenings of Mr. Gour Hari Das and will also remind you few films like 'Saaransh', 'Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Maara', etc. The basic story line is brilliant and keeps you indulged in the film. Sadly, the screenplay fails to do justice to the superb concept and ends up diluting the film in a big way. The screenplay is lethargic, weak, dragging, repetitive and bland. There are so many unwanted tracks featuring Ranvir Shorey's personal life or Vinay Patak's society's problems and few more should have been strictly avoided. Also, random people abusing Vinay Pathak with anti-India statements becomes repetitive and preachy. On the positive note, there are some great scenes featuring Vinay Pathak and his meet with various peoples (Saurabh Shukla, Rajit Kapoor, Vinay Apte, Vikram Ghokhle and others). These scenes are heart touching and the soul of the film. Also, the end credits part featuring the real Gour Hari Das is one of the best parts of the film. The overdose of brand promotion of the local newspaper, starts to irritate after a given point. The cinematography might be a bit tacky with abrupt cuts in the initial part, but has been shot with some good cinematic angles.Gour Hari Dastaan Movie WallpaperMusic & Direction:Background music works in the favour of the film.Director Anant Mahadevan is known for his commercial potboiler type of films. Though, he ventured into the realistic film making with films like 'Red Alert' and 'Mee Sindhutai Sapkal', etc., but 'Gour Hari Dastaan' ends up being one of his best work till date. Wish he would have kept it bit tight and direct to the point, instead of making the movie slow and dragging. Also, the age factor related to Vinay Pathak and his son seemed unrealistic. Nevertheless, kudos to Anant Mahadevan for making such attempt and narrating a tale which raises many questions related to our freedom fight, corruption and government system.Gour Hari Dastaan Movie StillPerformances:Vinay Pathak is outstanding and does full justice to his character. His body mannerisms, facial expressions, dialogue delivery are of top notch. This is one of the best resemblance of an actor with the real life character we have seen in our Hindi cinema. Ranvir Shorey, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Konkana Sen Sharma, Vikram Ghokle and Vipin Sharma lend good support. Rajit Kapoor is superb in his part. Vidya Malvade, Mohan Kapoor, Neha Pendse are wasted. Saurabh Shukla, Siddharth Jadhav, Murli Sharma and Vinay Apte are fine in their small cameos.So bol meri 'Filmi Khopdi' iss film mein kitna hain Dum???Dum??? Well, the movie deserves to be watched for ace performance of Vinay Pathak along with the basic premise of the film. It's only the treatment of the film, which might not go well with many viewers. Also, the side tracks and dragging screenplay dilute the impact of this well intended saga, which had the potential to become a fine cinema.Ratings - 3/5

Jaanisaar Movie Review - A Soulless Deep Slumber...

Expectations:

Every Hindi film lover has loved and cherished the magical beauty of Rekha's evergreen classic film 'Umraojaan'. The movie still connects with its viewers due to its fantastic music, mesmerizing costumes, splendid performance, cultural theme, fine direction and traditional values attached to it. Cine lovers were desperately waiting to see more such work from the director Muzaffar Ali. Sadly, except for an artistic 'Gaman' and over hyped 'Anjuman' the director failed to repeat his magic. He also started filming another such type of classic film 'Zooni' starring Vinod Khanna and Dimple Kapadia, which had Kashmir, as its backdrop. This movie took years in making and eventually got shelved and now after a long gap, the director is back with his another period costume drama 'Jaanisaar'. Thus, let's find out whether 'Jaanisaar' will portray the magical touch of, 'Umraojaan' director or might end up displaying the lost touch of the director.

Jaanisaar Movie ReviewStory

'Jaanisaar' is a story set in the late 19th century of Avadh city and the struggles relates to it. Aamir Ali (Imran Abbas) returns back from London to his princely estate which is managed by his grandfather (Dalip Tahir). At that time Aamir meets a courtesan Noor (Pernia Qureshi) and after few meets, falls in love with her. On the other end Aamir's subject are forced by the Britishers to grow opium on their fertile land. Aamir comes to know about the farmer's problems and also about all other issues created by the British officer (Carl Wharton) and what happens next is what the entire film is all about.

Jaanisaar ReviewScreenplay & Technicalities:

The story is one liner and has been presented with many twisted facts. The screenplay takes its own sweet time to establish the confusing plot and till the time it comes on a right track, it ends up with a predicted and a cliche ending. Except for a couple of scenes based on the history and culture of the city, there's not even a single scene which is worth mentioning. The screenplay is super confusing, as lots of stuff keeps happening in the film out of which many are un-relevant to the plot line of the film. The queen track, patriotic farmers' issues, uprising, rebels, dancers, politics and few such tracks are totally unwanted. The scenes seemed never ending and are presented in a totally tacky manner. The climax of the film is abrupt and unconvincing. The cinematography is very good, but the usage of chroma in background dilutes the flow of the film.

Music & Direction:

Music has been the biggest positive point in films and here, they are presented in an average manner. The songs are as per the mood and flow of the film. Though, they are very old, stylish but still ends up being a soothing experience to our ears.

Director Muzaffar Ali fails to recreate the magic of 'Umraojaan' and presents his latest film in a tacky outdated manner. Though his minute detailing (jewellery, costume, architectural references, paintings, etc) are of top notch. Sadly, films don't work only by them and needs a decent script, which was highly missing out here, despite of being written by some big names of our film industry.

Performances:

Imran Abbas and Pernia Qureshi fails to act and ends up delivering back to back worst performances. There are hardly any expressions on the face of both of these actors. Muzaffar Ali is wasted. Dalip Tahir, Abid Yunus Khan and fine in their parts.

So bol meri 'Filmi Khopdi' iss film mein kitna hain Dum???

Dum??? Well, there is just one liner dum along with some good presentation about the culture of that era, but, besides that, there is no dum in this boring and dragging film. The movie is so boring that even if patients suffering from insomnia will watch it, they will get a good, deep sleep or, let's say they will have a soulless deep slumber type of feeling.

Rating - 0.5/5

Bangistan Movie Review - Head Banging-istan

Expectations:

In the late 70's, a film named 'Kissa Kursi Ka' was banned for a simple reason as it was a political satire based on the emergency situation in our country. The original print was destroyed and later another version of this movie got released, but, this time without any direct reference and the best part was that the movie was based in a fictitious country named as 'Jan Gan', instead of India. This has been a common practice with our filmmakers to change the name of the country or the name of the city, in order to avoid any sort of controversy. One also saw few new countries being conceived in particular films like 'Tehalka' and few more. These fictional countries, are formed only to avoid any sort of political tensions and the latest film to be based on this style is 'Bangistan'. So, let's find out whether 'Bangistan' will turn out to be a smart and intelligent type of political satire or might end up being yet another weak attempt where the sensibilities of the filmmaker fails to match up with its cinematic audience.

Bangistan Movie ReviewStory

'Bangistan' is a story set in a fictitious country named Bangistan. Hafeez (Riteish Deshmukh) feels that the world is being unfair to the Muslims and similarly Praveen (Pulkit Samrat) feels his religion is in danger and want to do something to save it. Hafeez and Praveen's mentors want them to go to Poland to plant a suicide bomb, where an international religion meet is being conducted. Hafeez enters Poland as Ishwarchand Sharma and Praveen as Allah Rakha Khan. Together, they stay as tenants in the same place and what happens next is what the entire film is all about.

Screenplay & Technicalities:

The basic one liner plot is good and interesting, but has been presented in the worst manner. The movie seems so artificial and fake due to its fictitious settings. The screenplay has been stretched to the fullest with unwanted happenings. The basic premise is set on a confusing track and there are back to back several bad and terrible scenes in the film. Also, the religious references (saffron and green colours, quotes from Geeta and Quran, religious examples, wacky brand names, etc) are done to death and over the top. There are some positive moments in the second half of the film with a few scenes like Riteish and Pulkit at the bomb dealers, Riteish-Pulkit's misunderstanding each other followed by a couple of more scenes being the only saving grace in this bland and boring film. Besides these couple of good scenes, there is nothing worth cherishing in this film. Second half still has some decent moments in comparison to the weak first half of the film. As they say, save the best for the last, out here AryaBabbar appears out of nowhere in the climax scene, looking unintentionally funny. The cinematography is good and gives a different look to the whole film. Though, few camera angles should have been carefully placed as they try to show women anatomy.

Bangistan Movie WallpaperMusic & Direction:

Music by Ram Sampat is not up to the mark, thanks to its weird sounding lyrics. None of the songs managed to get into the chartbuster mode. The background music was fine and goes well with the film.

Director Karan Anshuman tastes his own medicine, as this time, it's his film, which will be on the razor list of many critics and film lovers. He comes up with a concept which looks fantastic but fails miserably in executing it. Also, after a given point the movie seems preachy and boring.

Bangistan Movie StillPerformances:

Riteish Deshmukh tries hard to act in this un-sensible film and partially succeeds in it. He is the only saving grace in the film. Pulkit Samrat tries, badly to ape Salman Khan in terms of his body, accent and performances. He is the worst part of the film.The best dialogue in the film is when Riteish tells Pulkit, "Tum bahut bure actor ho". Jacqueline Fernandez has very less to offer. Candan Roy Sanyal, Kumud Mishra, Tom Alter, Shiva Subramanium and others are wasted.

So bol meri 'Filmi Khopdi' iss film mein kitna hain Dum???

Dum??? Well, besides the basic plot line of the film and a couple of gags by Riteish Deshmukh, there is nothing much worth watching in this boring and over the top type of film. The makers try their level best to come up with a sensible cinema, but sadly it does not happen that way and so, thus this movie should be re-named as Head Bang-istan as that's what you get after watching this trashy film.

Ratings - 1/5

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