Verdict: Kalabhavan Shajon’s directorial debut is a stunner. 

Actor Kalabhavan Shajon turns director with Brother’s Day starring Prithviraj Sukumaran in the lead role. The film is star-studded with many popular actors like Prasanna, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Madonna Sebastian, Prayaga Martin, Miya George, Vijayaraghavan, Dharmajan Bolgatty and Kottayam Nazeer adorning it with their performances. Brother’s Day is a comedy family thriller produced by Listin Stephen and Justin Stephen under the banner ‘Magic Frames’.

What’s Brother’s Day About:

Rony (Prithviraj Sukumaran) is a happy-go-lucky man working for a catering service company run by Joy (Kottayam Nazeer). Munna (Dharmajan Bolgatty) is his co-worker and close friend. Joy also owns a cab service, which Rony and Munna help him run. One night, Rony is asked to pick up a guest named Chandy (Vijayaraghavan) and they become close friends. Parallel to this story, we are introduced to Shiva (Prasanna) – a man who is into honey trapping and blackmailing. We also meet Rony’s sister Ruby (Prayaga Martin), Chandy’s daughter Santa (Aishwarya Lekshmi), Thaneesha (Miya George), and all the characters are eventually connected to Shiva and Rony. How they fall prey to Shiva’s ways and get out of a sticky situation formulates the rest of the story.

What Works:

It is quite refreshing to watch Prithviraj doing a relatable character after a long time. The first half is filled with comedy and Dharmajan contributes quite a bit to the entertainment. His ease in handling a situational comedy makes it easier. Some of the dialogues referring to Prithviraj’s previous works make you smile. The dialogues are neat and not over-the-top. There are quite a few twists but none of them seem unnecessary. Each character has an emotional backdrop and the writers have paid close attention not to go overboard with them. The songs composed by 4 Musics are situational and decent. The background score is excellent, especially the villainous theme for Prasanna. The performances are up to mark and everyone has done justice to their respective roles. Prasanna is a terrific villain in this one and has given an interesting debut in Malayalam. Jithu Damodar has done a good job with the camera, especially during the action sequences. The stunts are well choreographed. The movie also keeps you on the edge of your seats with its well-developed suspense. On the whole, Brother’s Day is a thorough entertainer as Kalabhavan Shajon marks his spot as a good director in Malayalam cinema.

What Could’ve Been Better:

Although Prasanna’s character is well-portrayed and has shades of a psychopath, there is no clarification or backstory as to why he behaves cruelly. Prayaga and Miya’s characters also seem like vague sketches.

Why You Should Watch:

Brother’s Day has its formula in place, making it a good entertainer. It has action, drama, emotions, and suspense. It’s good to watch Prithviraj doing a very relatable role. Overall, Brother’s Day is a good watch and a perfect choice to top your Onam celebration with some exhilarating suspense.