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Brothers (by Dharma Productions 2015) Movie Review

With quite a dramatic direction, the 2015 Bollywood movie BROTHERS has received mixed reviews from critics! Here’s The Style Symphony’s take on this action film. 🙂

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Inspiration: The American sports drama film, The Warriors (2011) directed by Gavin O’Connor and starring Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton as two brothers and their troubled relationship with their father. Younger one from army and the elder one, a chemistry teacher, both the brothers were into mixed martial arts. “Brothers” is its official remake in Bollywood.

Brothers Star Cast:-

  • Jackie Shroff as Gary Fernandez
  • Shefali Shah as Maria Fernandez
  • Akshay Kumar as David Fernandez
  • Siddharth Malhotra as Monty Fernandez
  • Jacqueline Fernandez as Jenny fernandez

Special Appearance: Kareena Kapoor Khan in the song “Mera Naam Mary”

mera naam mary, brothers

Brothers Plot:-

David (Akshay Kumar) and Monty (Siddharth Mahotra), the elder and younger sons of Gary (Jacky Shroff) respectively are half brothers as Monty is an illegitimate child of Gary. His mother expires and David’s mom Maria (Shefali Shah) with a heavy yet generous heart accepts him and strives to bring him up no less than David. Gary is badly addicted to alcohol and one fine night out of being excessively drunk, he hits his wife so hard that she unfortunately dies.

This creates huge differences between David and Gary which makes David decide to separate from his father, while Monty also grows up alone for Gary is arrested right after Maria’s funeral. After spending reckless years of his life in lockup, Gary is finally released and in the due course of time he realizes all his past mistakes and is brimming with guilt.

During all these years, David finds way to his own family with Jenny (Jacqueline Fernandez) along with a little daughter too, who has been born with weak kidneys and is always kept on dialysis. The doctor suggests David and Jenny to arrange a kidney transplant for their daughter which is direly needed at a later stage. To earn quick and big money for her, David drops his teaching carrier and again joins martial arts.

On the other hand, Gary is released from jail and comes to stay with Monty. But, Monty doesn’t like himself always being compared to David and being treated inferior to his elder brother in terms of the stamina and determination to fight. Gary visits David’s place with an apology and is overwhelmed to see his new family. However, David has still not forgiven him, denies his apology and kicks him out of his house.

Both the brothers, David (for his daughter) and Monty (to prove his worth) decide to fight in R2F (Right to Fight) league competing with international fighters. In lieu of their hard-core training and devotion towards their dream, they are able to defeat huge esteemed fighters with their stamina, vigor and valor.

And finally, an ironical stage arrives where the 2 brothers are left alone in the competition and need to fight with themselves only to win the 2 crores prize money. This is the toughest moment for Gary to see his sons fight with each other like blood-thirty rivals. Now that’ where a lot of mixed feelings like care, attachment, ego, anger, nostalgia and everything other takes a toll on the two which is yet the ultimate scene of the movie.

Despite an undoubtedly brilliant competition given my Monty, David seals the deal by winning the league. But, this sequence is not all about a competition but a game of intense emotions at their peak where both the brothers emerge victorious by developing an indispensable bond between each other.

Pros 👍

‘Brothers’ is a beautiful amalgamation of sentiments where each emotion is intricately portrayed by the characters of the movie. The movie theme creates an appropriate grip over relationships. The entire star cast has done ample justice to the plot thereby creating a powerful impact on the audience. The film has ignited the realm of sports with a highlight on the underrated street fighting making the viewers realize its significance. The soul-stirring music of the movie is the added cherry on the cake. Brothers, has indeed left no stones unturned with a plot that is directed with optimum precision.

Cons 👎

Although, ‘Brothers’ hits the emotional chords of the audiences with its vehemence, it features some (too many of) deadly fighting sequences with tits and bits of violence and heavy beats that might be hard to hearts of few. So, over-sensitive soft-hearted people, beware! And watch at your own risk.

Fast Facts!

  • Release date: 14th August 2015
  • Running time: 159 minutes
  • Directed by: Karan Malhotra

🌟 TSS Star Rating: 7.5/10

  • Thanks Bhavni 🙂

  • Loved your take just like the movie – especially this usage “both the brothers emerge victorious…” 🙂

    • Aah! Now that’s indeed a special compliment that too, my *soul* of movie reviewers. Thank you! ^_^ Just began this movie column on TSS, this one’s the first and taking inspiration from you! 🙂

      • Best of luck with the new column 🙂
        I believe that Brothers is a nice movie to begin with 🙂

  • hmm thanks for the post, I enjoyed the movie through this and you saved my time 🙂 😀

    • Aww… thank you Roohi. I’m so glad it was helpful for you! 🙂 Cheers!

  • Hehehe…Siddharth is also my next crush after Shahid. 😛 And since Shahid is booked now, I have no choice LOL. Anyways, it’s definitely a 1-time watch, I’m sure you would enjoy Purba, if you keep the hard-core fighting sequences aside. 🙂

  • Thank you dear Mani. Definitely if you like action ad drama, must go for it and enjoy your weekend. 🙂 Cheers!

  • Sure Somali. Your choice! 🙂

  • Indrani

    Good review. The actors look great in their old avatars. 🙂
    Great story line.

    • Thank you Indrani. 🙂 Yeah, they definitely look promising and what I liked about the movie was it’s story line only! 🙂

  • its been ages since I saw a Hindi film… this one sounds good 🙂

    • Yeah, worth a watch Archana. Do go for it when you get time. 🙂 Cheers!

  • Avinash Mishra

    Nice movie, but it’s one time watch.
    Climax was my favorite scene of this movie. Appreciate brotherly love.

    • Very true Avinash, brotherly love is the soul of the movie. And yes climax was damn intriguing and it ends beautifully. 🙂

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