Brothers | Movie Review 15 Aug 2015   500


Star Cast: Akshay Kumar, Siddharth Malhotra, Jackie Shroff, Jacqueline Fernandez, Shefali Shah, Ashutosh Rana, Kiran Kumar
Direction: Karan Malhotra
Genre: Drama
Duration: 2 hours 38 minutes

Critics Review/Rating

Times Of India:

So, Brothers is essentially Akshay Kumar’s triumph, with some knock-out moments – and a few punches that fall flat. Gary Fernandes (Jackie) is a prize-fighter married to Maria (Shefali). They have one son, David (Akshay) – and then, Monty (Siddharth), born from Gary’s extra-marital affair, appears.
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Brothers, an official remake of the 2011 film, ‘Warrior’, is about the Fernandes family that loves a special kind of sport, Mixed Martial Arts. And as we know by now, this sport means no stopping at anything when it comes to beating your opponent to a fine pulp.
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Hindustan Times (HT):

I walked out of Brothers amazed by two things. First, how hard Akshay Kumar and Sidharth Malhotra have worked on their bodies. And second, how quickly a perfectly good story can unravel and turn into unintentional comedy.
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When you’re watching an official remake of the much-acclaimed Hollywood film,Warrior, you pretty much know what’s in store. But director Karan Malhotra changes a few things to add his touch of ingenuity and ends up tampering with what was actually sensible.
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Bollywood Hungama:

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.
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NDTV Movies:

An overblown, ultra-violent melodrama, Brothers spills a lot of blood and breaks plenty of bones on the way to establishing the primacy of fraternal love. The collateral damage that the film inflicts isn’t confined to the screen alone.
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With its themes of familial conflict, redemption, and forgiveness – all set against a sports backdrop – the Tom Hardy-starrer Warrior was a Bollywood remake waiting to happen. Think about it: it’s got an alcoholic deadbeat father, a pair of warring siblings, and a dying child.
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The Indian Express:

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.
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India Today:

Making a sports-based film in India can work as a double-edged sword. If the audience here is allowed the luxury to see drama (melodrama, too) with just the exact amount of action and sport thrown in, the dish can turn out delectable.
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The characters — a Fernandes family from Mumbai — are Catholics, it is established early on, but director Karan Malhotra keeps labouring the point home — all the characters wear crucifixes around their necks, walk out of churches in slow-motion, have Jesus tattooed on their biceps, do a Hail Mary before getting their fingers bloody, and so forth.
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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.
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