It has been in the news that Karan Malhotra’s second directorial attempt BROTHERS is an attempted remake (with permission) of a Hollywood production called WARRIOR. While I have not seen the Hollywood movie, I have seen Karan Malhotra’s debut movie AGNEEPATH made in 2012. That too was a remake of an Amitabh Bachchan starrer of the same title. And this remake of AGNEEPATH, while sticking to the original storyline, still made an impact, because of the freshness of approach. Karan Malhotra, the director had arrived and that too in style and with the power of Karan Johar backing him up (Karan Johar was the producer of AGNEEPATH), I had great expectations from BROTHERS, which is also produced by Karan Johar.
It should therefore come as no surprise that both AGNEEPATH and BROTHERS have quite a few things in common. Firstly, both are remakes. Both these movies have scenes featuring brutality in a manner which in normal persons would bring up a bilious feeling. BROTHERS has more of it and virtually in every frame of the second half. The Ajay-Atul duo has scored the music for both these movies and when the violent scenes unfold on the screen, the viewer’s ear drums are certain to be damaged, if ear plugs are not worn! Both have an item song intrusion and these item numbers are performed in a titillating manner not by some second grade artistes, but by top notch stars. In AGNEEPATH, it was Katrina Kaif who gyrated to the Chikni Chameli tune and here it is the skimpily clad Kareena Kapoor Khan who performs the Mera Naam Mary number. In both these movies, the male leads (Hrithik Roshan and Sanjay Dutt in AGNEEPATH; Akshay Kumar and Siddharth Malhotra in BROTHERS) present a grim, revenge filled countenance. Unfortunately, the commonalties end here.
The first half of BROTHERS looks like a melodrama of the seventies coming alive in the current context and thus fails in effectively creating the emotional content, which could have been a perfect take off pad for the happenings in the second half. And the second half looks like a slickly created visual of a World Wrestling Federation event, where the pulsating background music is punctuated by the sound of ripped muscles, broken bones and pounding blows. To be fair to Karan, the injuries to the fighters appear real and the blood does not look like tomato ketchup. But the brutality is overdone and with a rather weak emotional build up, BROTHERS fails to engross the average viewer. Akshay Kumar puts up a convincing portrayal, Siddharth Malhotra carries forward the grumpy expression of EK VILLAIN and their torsos are worthy of being flaunted.
Watch it only if you are a WWF fan: the visuals may appeal to you!
RATING: 2.5 out of 5
August 14, 2015