The film is directed by Agneepath fame Karan Malhotra, and jointly produced by Karan Johar and Akshay Kumar.
What's it about:
A remake of the highly entertaining and performance packed 2011 film Warrior, Brothers is a high-octane family drama set against the blood curdling backdrop of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). Akshay Kumar and Sidharth Malhotra play brothers David and Monty. Sons of Jackie Shroff, they both grow up to become different people. While David leaves the street life and becomes a teacher, Monty still carries the torch of fighting he learnt from his dad as a kid. The film begins with Jackie's release from prison and we get a backstory of why he ended up there and how his sons perceive him after so many years. Jacqueline Fernandez plays Akshay's wife who has a daughter fighting a life threatening illness. Karan Malhotra takes a lot of time to build up the drama and weaves his character with finer details that sometimes don't matter to the story. However, the real hero of the film is the MMA, and the money making scenes comes post interval. Monty and David's fight and whether these brothers make peace with their past or take the bloody road of revenge is what the film is about.
Karan Malhotra divides the film in two clear halves. The pre-interval story focusses on the dynamics between the brothers and their flashback, while the second packs a solid action packed punch. Jackie Shroff steals the show in several scenes. Mind you, in the original, Nick Nolte got nominated for an Oscar for this role, and it won't come as surprise if Jackie too is acknowledged next year for his work in Brothers. Right from his fragile body language to his emotional outburst, Jackie gets it right every time. Akshay is a perfect cast as the elder brother David who will go to any extent to save his daughter. He not only looks the part, but also brings in a lot of emotions in his scenes with Sidharth. The fight scenes look real, a lot of hard work has gone in making sure they look authentic. You will be rooting for Akshay through out the second half, and the climax fight between him and Sidharth is a major highlight. Kareena Kapoor Khan's Mary song is everything glamorous that you expect from an item track.
The biggest villain in Brothers is the pace. The first half drags its feet and feels too lethargic. There are some scenes that take forever to unfold. Given the fact that the promos revolved around the fights, we are constantly uneasy and on the edge, waiting for a fight sequence to break the monotonous drama. The scenes between Shefali Shah and Jackie are over the top. Also you don't end up empathising with Akshay as much as you would want to. We get to know about his daughter and the reason why he chose to go back to the fighting pit, but that story suddenly goes off track as soon as the film goes into the second gear. Sidharth looks the part, you can sense the immense dedication that has gone in becoming Monty. Right from bulking up, getting that animalistic instinct and rage in his eyes, to making sure he gets the fight scenes right, the actor has worked really hard. But whoever wrote his character needs to be fired! As an audience, we never understand why Monty is fighting with his brother! We know he's bitter and angry, but even those emotions are never established right. Which is why the crowd cheers for Akshay, and Sidharth sort of becomes the pseudo villain. Also the climax fight and how the film ends is very abrupt. Songs don't have any place, and the only hummable track is Sapna Jahan.
What to do:
Brothers is a decent watch, but if you want your money's worth, then I recommend watching the original Warrior.
3.0 out of 5
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