Brothers movie review: Akshay Kumar, Sidharth Malhotra’s film gets dragged down by its over-wrought mawkishness

Brothers review: Akshay Kumar, Sidharth Malhotra's film uses a form of kinetic martial arts to foreground its story of two warring siblings, but it stays, at heart, a Karan Johar film.

Rating: 2 out of 5
Written by Shubhra Gupta | New Delhi | Updated: August 16, 2015 9:26 pm
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‘Brothers’ uses a form of kinetic martial arts to foreground its story of two warring siblings, but it stays, at heart, a Karan Johar film : the crunching bones and spraying blood is as heavily underscored by we-are-family soppiness as it is with deafening background music. Result : a film that actually has a plot (officially adapted from Hollywood film ‘Warriors’, with shades of ‘Fight Club’ and ‘Rocky’ thrown in) riding on competent acts, but which squanders its advantages because of the treatment.

David (Akshay Kumar) and Monty (Sidharth Malhotra) are estranged brothers. A deep wound from their childhood festers strongly, and when they face each other in a ring, they go for the kill. Or do they?

Their backstory with a dissolute, drunk fighter for a father (Jackie Shroff) and large-hearted loving woman for a mother ( Shah) is effectively executed. So are the fight scenes. In fact, it must be the first time that there has been such extensive detailing of a high-tech arena, glittering with strobe-lights, lusty spectators, foreign fighters, excitable commentators ( Zutshi) in Bollywood. All of it—snarling fighters, hooded faces, uniformed assistants marching up the ramp to swelling beats–feels very WWF and Hollywood and expensively bankrolled reality TV, rolled into one.

Both leading men are well muscled and handy with their slashing fists and feet : the ropey Akshay’s felicity with this `mixed martial arts’ makes his time in the ring believable ; the much more buff Sidharth too does what it is required, efficiently.

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Nice to see the near-forgotten Kiran Kumar, strutting his stuff in techni-coloured suits-and-ties as the magnate who wants to bring ‘Right To Fight’ – this fictional form of commercial combat– into India. So too Ashutosh Rana, who really needs to be among roles again. Shroff’s haggard face and deeply pouched eyes fit his part : depicting being dead drunk on your feet minus exaggeration is an art, and he does it well ; Shah’s care-worn mother has impact.

The trouble lies in the way it is done. You can show sentiment without dousing it in sentimentality. ‘Brothers’ gets dragged down by its over-wrought mawkishness. The subplot involving Fernandez and a little girl with a serious illness is designed to jerk tears. And it has entirely superfluous songs, particularly an item number by Kareena Kapoor Khan which is so generic that she must have taken expressions and ‘thumkas’ from her previous ones and just rolled them out in this one.

‘Mukkas’ and mush can go together, but not when the latter threatens to drown the former. When the tough get going, audiences are happy to toughen it out too. Here we see the brothers go at each other, limbs snapping at each blow, and all we can hear is ‘bhaiyyaaa’.

Brothers Star Cast:

Akshay Kumar, Sidharth Malhotra, Jacqueline Fernandez, Jackie Shroff, Kiran Kumar, Ashutosh Rana, Shefali Shah, Raj Zutshi Director : Karan Malhotra

Watch the “Brotherhood” between ‘Brothers’ Akshay Kumar and Sidharth Malhotra:

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  1. C
    ch mahesh
    Aug 15, 2015 at 2:31 pm
    its an below avg movie with waste screenplay
  2. V
    Aug 15, 2015 at 1:35 am
    Good movie to watch must watch
  3. R
    Rahul Dev
    Aug 14, 2015 at 11:06 pm
    A1 movie both actor are just awesome akki u r always great nd u are transferring your talent with next generation of bollywood nd sid malhotra u are always a best actor doing different types of movies in new look from my opinion it's just an heart touching for real brothers
  4. A
    Aug 16, 2015 at 9:33 am
    Well directed....... Amazing 2nd half.... love the movie...
  5. S
    Aug 16, 2015 at 6:24 am
    akshoy kumar is a famous actor I love him very much and I am a fan of him. So I wish it will be fine.Brother film will be a famous film like pk.
  6. S
    Aug 16, 2015 at 6:24 am
  7. R
    Aug 17, 2015 at 8:19 am
    I was pleasantly surprised by this remake. The fighting is up to par with its Hollywood original. So is the story. It seems that the critic did not see the original as the scenes with the daughter are necessary to force the big brother to fight. Don't expect a masalla movie, this is a Hollywood quality action brought to Bollywood.
  8. C
    Chengis Khan
    Aug 14, 2015 at 10:16 pm
    Another example of "How Not To Make A Movie".
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