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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Brothers

Casts: Akshay Kumar, Sidharth Malhotra, Jacqueline Fernandez, Jackie Shroff
Banner: Dharma Productions, LionsGate Entertainment, Endemol India, Fox Star Studios
Director: Karan Malhotra
Producer: Karan Johar and Hiroo Yash Johar
Music: Ajay Gogavale and Atul Gogavale
Release Date: 14th August 2015

Story line:The film tells the story of a broken family, set in the world of mixed martial arts and underground street fighting.

Gary Fernandes, a former alcoholic and street-fighter, returns home after serving a prison sentence of 10 long years to find that the wounds of the past still haunt his family. His two sons, David and Monty, who had parted ways as kids, are grown men now, but are still bitterly estranged. Gary himself carries the burden of his guilt. His elder son, David is an ex-fighter turned school teacher. He and his wife Jenny work hard to make ends meet and to provide the best they can for their ailing daughter Poopoo. Troubled financial circumstances drive a desperate David to return to the world of street fighting. While, Monty struggles with his lonely complex existence. An alcoholic, he is active in the world of street fighting, but lacks focus and determination. He strongly yearns for the acceptance, love and respect of his family. As the story unfolds, we see the journey of these three men, as they seek to find redemption and healing.

Meanwhile, the arrival of 'Right to Fight' is announced in India - the biggest international event in mixed martial arts history. Both brothers, at the crossroads of their lives, end up enlisting to fight in this 'Winner-takes-all' event. And it is here after an age of estrangement, unknown to the two siblings, they finally stand to face off with each other and against their personal demons, in the ultimate final battle.

It is said, that when a deep injury is done to us, we can never recover until we forgive. Will this final battle between the two brothers repair old wounds?

Characters: Gary (Jackie Shroff): former alcoholic and street-fighter, he was once well-known in the underground street fighting nexus in Bombay. Due to certain events that transpired, he was sentenced to 10 long years in prison. He has now returned home to find that the ghosts of the past still haunt his present.

David (Akshay Kumar): David is an ex-fighter turned school teacher. He is Gary's elder son, and has a bitter estranged relationship with his father and younger brother. Married to Jenny, he works hard to make ends meet and to provide the best for his family. Extremely troubled financial circumstances drive a desperate David to return to the world of street fighting. When the arrival of the biggest international event in mixed martial arts history is announced in India, David channelizes all his focus and energy in to training hard for this winner-takes-all event. He pummels all his opponents one by one to find his rightful place in the finals of this mega-event.

Monty (Sidharth Malhotra ): A loner and an alcoholic, Monty struggles hard with his complex existence. He shies away from crowds and he does not have any friends. He is active in the world of Underground Street fighting, but he lacks a winner's attitude. He strongly yearns for the acceptance, love of his family. This yearning for approval and respect leads him to find the needed focus and determination to make it big in the street fighting circuit. When the 'Right to Fight' is announced, he makes it his life's mission to win it to earn respect and to find his rightful place in the world.

Jenny (Jacqueline Fernandez): Jenny is the ray of hope in David's life. She anchors him and brings faith and belief back into his life. She works at a bakery, but today, she is essentially a homemaker. Due to the dire financial conditions of the family she has to continue to work. She is David's pillar of strength and a nurturing mother to Poopoo. Aware of the differences between David and his family, she stands by David and respects him, but she also empathizes with Gary and Monty.

Maria (Shefali Shah): Gary's wife and the mother of David and Monty (we see her in the flashback portion of the film, when the boys are young). The Fernandes' household falls apart the day Maria learns about her husband Gary's extra marital affair and Monty, his son from another woman. Despite the circumstances, Maria holds the family together. She accepts Monty and raises him like her own son. For the boys - she is the face of gentleness and love - the only stabilizing factor in their lives.

Briganza (Kiran Kumar): He was a famous ex-fighter. He has a larger than life personality. In a way, he is the pioneer of the underground fighting scene in India, and he is also the forerunner for popularizing mixed Martial arts in the country. He is also the man responsible for bringing 'R2F' to India - the biggest event in mixed martial arts history.

Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director:  Karan Malhotra is an Indian film director and screenwriter. He is best known for his debut film Agneepath.  Before marking his directorial debut in 2012 with Dharma Productions, he worked for ten years as an assistant director in the Hindi film industry. Malhotra worked as an assistant director in the films such as Jodhaa Akbar, My Name Is Khan and Jaan-E-Mann.

Facts And Figures:
  • The film is an official remake of the 2011 Hollywood film Warrior.
  • Warrior was not a huge success and did manage to recovered the cost as per the rources.
 My Gut Feel and comments:
Plot seems engaging and emotionally charged. Karan had handled the remake of Agneepath well as a debutant director. It has been witnessed that generally a success followed by an average attempt by directors in Bollywood however this does not seems to be a case with Karan as far his latest offering Brothers is concerned.  Akshay Kumar and Sidharth Malhotra are looking good in their respective roles with apt supporting cast.  Action sequence seems to be captured in interesting manner which are the USP of the film. I am expecting it to be a good movie with decent performances.

Going by the canvas, star cast, story line and on top of that the narration style of Karan I am giving it 3 stars out of 5, two day before the release with partial thumps up from my side.
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