With Brothers, what we already know is that it is an official remake of the 2011-released Tom Hardy–Joel Edgerton-starrer Hollywood movie, Warrior. What we are told to expect is an action-packed drama that pits one brother against another. What we find is an adept interpretation of the original adapted skillfully for the Indian audience. Brothers picks the right lessons from Warrior, and packs in the drama that Bollywood regulars might be familiar with, but will still find a certain distinct touch to thanks to some spirited performances by its cast.
Brothers aims to tug at your heart from the very onset and hits the target when there is not a dry eye in the house by the end of it. The movie opens with once a popular streetfighter Gary Fernandes (Jackie Shroff) who, after serving a seemingly long sentence in prison, steps out a free man and finds his son Monty (Sidharth Malhotra) waiting for him. A past tragedy within the family has ensured that Gary’s elder son David (Akshay Kumar) wants to have nothing to do with him or Monty. David, who once looked good to follow his father’s footsteps into the fighting ring, now lives separately with wife Jenny (Jacqueline Fernandez) and an ailing daughter. The three have their own demons to wrestle and the way they do so and reconcile forms the rest of the story, set against the backdrop of a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) competition.
The story provides a decent enough platform for the actors to shine; they deliver and how. Brothers clearly belongs to Sidharth Malhotra who, while having proved his mettle with an intense performance in last year’s Ek Villain, raises the benchmark as the brooding and morose Monty. Jacqueline Fernandez is the other surprise package of the movie as she shows her acting prowess is beyond all things glamorous with a stoic performance as David’s supportive wife. While this might not be Akshay Kumar’s best, he holds his own, as usual. Moreover, it is always a treat to watch Akshay in an action role. Jackie Shroff as the distraught father looks mature and impresses. Brothers is also ably supported by fine performances by Shefali Shah, Ashutosh Rana and Kiran Kumar.
The first half of the movie requires patience and lags. Brothers takes its own sweet time to reach the point it wants to make. It swings generously between the past and the present and while the shifts may seem abrupt, one gets used to it and it seems almost well done soon. Post interval, the movie is almost entirely about the Right2Fight, the MMA event the brothers find themselves in. The fight sequences are breathtaking and enough attention has been paid to make them seem authentic. While Akshay is well known as a martial artist himself and comes into his own as David in the ring, Sidharth does a pretty decent job too.
One might complain that the movie runs a tad too long and the songs sometimes seem to disturb the narrative, Brothers nonetheless will be an enjoyable experience with just the right doses of drama and action.
Why should you watch this film?
You should watch this film for the passionate performances by the actors. And if family dramas are your thing, do not give Brothers a miss. Whether a fan of the original Warrior or not, Brothers will not disappoint you.
Did you think we ignored Kareena Kapoor Khan’s appearance in an item number? We didn’t. Miss it at you own peril.