Brothers Movie Review

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Martin D'Souza By Martin D'Souza | 18 Mar 2017 15:41:52.6330000 IST

Expectations abound from talented composers Ajay-Atul, to come up with a classy-cum-massy soundtrack, for the remake of Hollywood film WARRIORS, via the Dharma Production (along with Endemol and Lionsgate) venture BROTHERS. Keeping in mind their superb efforts in another remake by Dharma Productions, AGNEEPATH, the hopes soar even higher.


The much talked about item song featuring, Kareena Kapoor Khan (who has been the face behind countless super hit dance numbers like 'Fevicol Se' etc ), 'Mera Naam Mary', is a Marathi folk 'lavani' number. The racy rhythm that is the requirement for any 'lavani' number is missing and Chinmayee Sripada's sweet vocals too do not do justice. And so Ajay-Atul fail to recreate the 'Chikni Chameli' magic, despite Kareena trying hard with her 'latkas' and 'jhatkas'.

Brothers Anthem is a routine motivational track with rockstar Vishal Dadlani (and all male chorus) doing a good job behind the mike. The situational number is sure to feature as a background score during the training sessions.

Shreya Ghoshal's sugary sweet and superbly controlled vocals and lovely philharmonic orchestra (especially towards the end of the track) and its arrangements are the highlight of the semi-philosophical situational and inspirational number, 'Gaaye Ja'. While the difficult tune is inspired from the iconic 'Bekarar Dil Tu Gaaye Ja' (DOOR KA RAHI) in parts, yet on the whole the song is a classy affair.

Mohammad Irfan's version of 'Gaaye Ja' makes for a nice repeat hear.

Lovely piano notes and violins herald a classy love ditty, 'Sapna Jahan', where Sonu Nigam and Neeti Mohan express feelings of love through a lovely whispering rendition in the beginning which ends with a nice crescendo. Lyrics are lovely, simple yet elegant.

In a nutshell, the audio of BROTHERS may not exactly boast of chartbusting massy compositions, though one must add that a project like this does not quite demand that. But considering that it is a Dharma Production venture one expected much more (especially keeping in mind the dark AGNEEPATH and other recent offerings). Two songs, 'Sapna Jahan' and 'Gaaye Ja' are our picks. The movie will certainly open to some packed houses on Independence Day.

Music Review Rating Chart :-
Excellent - 4.5 & above
Very Good - 4
Good - 3.5
Average/Passable - 3
Pathetic - 2.5 & below

David and Monty are brothers: Same father different mother. Their father, Gary, is a drunkard. We are also told he is, or rather was, a fighter. There are no fight scenes to prove this.


All we are shown is an incoherent Jackie Shroff as Gary, sometimes drunk, at most times old, and at all times having difficulty in speaking. I mean, one has to really strain the ears to understand what he is speaking.

David, the older guy (same father same mother) is quite fond of Monty (same father different mother) when his dad gets him home in one of the most absurd scenes in recent times. It happens to be his birthday. Gary's wife, after being upset for a time, then celebrates Monty's birthday.

The next time she is celebrating Monty's birthday (a few years later), there is a mishap at home and the brothers separate.

Meanwhile, Monty fights with bare hands on the streets for money. Ditto David, when he needs cash for his daughter's treatment. But when the principal of the school where he is teaching sacks him, because of this, he goes professional and enrolls in R2F (Right To Fight) a competition on the lines of IPL which is brought to India.

Monty enrolls too. They fight and both reach the finals. David requires the Rs 9 crore prize money for his daughter's treatment. Monty is out to finish David. David's wife is in the audience watching the blood splattering fights. When she is at home, watching on telly, she jumps in insane delight squeaking ''David, David, David.''

This, in short, is the story of BROTHERS. There is in fact no story, nor any story-telling craft. However, if you have braved the first half, and are willing to sit through the next, and love some adrenalin rush, sans any connection with the story, the movie gets better.

The fights do resemble the ones we see on TV and are well handled and picturized. To that end, director Karan Malhotra whose claim to fame is the remake of AGNEEPATH does well when the action director takes over. Surprisingly, there is no mention of the fella who made BROTHERS look good!

For the record, David is Akshay Kumar who wears a forlorn look throughout. Monty is Sidharth Malhotra who prefers the sullen look. Gary is Jackie Shroff.

Also, for the record, both the actors bring out the mean streak in the boxing ring. Akshay and Sidharth do justice to the boxing bouts.

There is also Kareena Kapoor who comes on screen for an item number in the hope of injecting some sizzle. Poof! It just fizzles! That's what happens when you try hard to look sexy.

The highlight of the fight: Monty knocks out Gama from North India in just under three seconds.

Even Mike Tyson took 91 seconds to knock out Michael Spinks!

Rating 2/5

Movie Cast & Crew
  • Actor: Akshay Kumar, Sidharth Malhotra, Jacqueline Fernandez, Jackie Shroff and Shefali Shah
  • Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya
  • Director: Karan Malhotra
  • Music Director: Ajay-Atul
  • Release Date : 14 Aug 2015

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