Produced by Zee Studios and Salman Khan Films, ‘Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan’ is set to release on 21st April on Eid. Film has Pooja Hegde opposite Salman Khan and south superstar Venkatesh in an important role. In addition this, bunch of newcomers will be making their big screen debut with this film including Shehnaaz Gill, Palak Tiwari, Sidharth Nigam. Film is official remake of Tamil film ‘Veeram’.
Film is the story of a man and his three brothers as evident from the promos. Bhaijaan (Salman Khan) lives in Delhi in a peaceful normal environment where he commands immense love and respect. A wealthy but crook Mahavir (Vijender Singh) wants to grab the neighbourhood for financial gains. But he’s unable to do so due to Bhaijaan and authority. Bhaijaan has three brothers, Moh (Jassie Gill), Ishq (Raghav Juyal) and Love (Siddharth Nigam). The four brothers have decided never to marry as they feel that their future partners will divide their families. But Moh, Ishq and Love are secretly in love with Muskaan (Palak Tiwari), Sukoon (Shehnaaz Gill) and Chahat (Vinali Bhatnagar) respectively. Nadeem chacha (Satish Kaushik) and his two friends (Tej Sapru, Aasif Sheikh) from the same neighbourhood come to know about their love affairs. They caution them that if Bhaijaan learns about it, he’ll be heart broken. Hence, the brothers and their lovers decide to find a love interest for Bhaijaan.
They come across Bhagylaxmi / Bhagya (Pooja Hegde) and they conclude that she fits the bill. Fortunately, Bhagya also falls for Bhaijaan and get along well with the brothers, especially when the brothers tell Bhagya that Bhaijaan is a non-violent person, just like Bhagya’s elder brother Balakrishna (Venkatesh Daggubati). Bhaijaan, too, develops feelings for her and he goes ahead once he realizes that Bhagya won’t cause problems between them. Bhagya decides to head to Hyderabad with Bhaijaan to introduce him to his family. On the way, both get attacked and Bhaijaan violently finishes off the opponents. Bhagya gets the shock of her life and fears that the peace-loving Balakrishna would never accept him. What happens next in this family drama forms the rest of the film.
Salman Khan is in usual self and does well in combination at action and family drama. At places his hairstyle really looks odd. Pooja Hegde is average and lacks stardom and glam quotient of Deepika Padukone or Katrina Kaif. Venkatesh Daggubati is the best actor in the film.
Jassie Gill, Raghav Juyal and Siddharth Nigam are strictly average. As for the girls, Shehnaaz Gill is okay while Palak Tiwari and Vinali Bhatnagar have nothing to do in the film. Jagapathi Babu is boring as the villain while Vijender Singh is very poor. Bhumika Chawla has nothing to do but Rohini Hattangadi is good. The late Satish Kaushik is endearing. Ram Charan and Bhagyashree are fantastic in special appearances. Himalay Dassani and Abhimanyu Dassani have nothing to offer in cameos.
Sparsh Khetarpal and Tasha Bhambra’s writing is below par and adaptation from south version is cliche. Their screenplay is even more jarring and uneven. Dialogues by Farhad Samji are too bad and boring. Most jokes fall flat, more or less like WhatsApp forward.
Farhad Samji is not bad as director to be honest as portions of Salman Khan are true tribute to his stardom. Second half is full of family moments which will work good among masses.
In terms of entertainment, second half is too slow and have some unnecessary extended sequences (Balakrishna’s extended dream sequence, Bhagya’s outburst, irritating forced comedy between younger brothers and their love interests). Bhagyashree’s cameo is whistle worthy and intermission point will drive fans mad in cinemas.
Music is big minus as no song except ‘Naiyo Lagda’ and ‘Billi Billi’ work in the film. 8-9 songs are too many and offer too many loo breaks. Ravi Basrur’s background score is good. V Manikandan’s camerawork is okay and Anal Arasu’ s action is over the top at places. Rajat Poddar’s production design is dated. Ashley Rebello, Alvira Khan Agnihotri, Sanam Ratansi, and Rochelle D’Sa’s costumes are average. One Line VFX and Redefine’s VFX falls short. Mayuresh Sawant’s editing is pathetic.
Overall Salman Khan’s ‘Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan’ will only work among B & C centres and Salman Khan fans. Metros and specially high end multiplexes will be below par for the film. Chartbuster song, a big actress and sensible direction – these are big missing points in the film. This will find tough to even cross lifetime collections of ‘Bhool Bhulliaya 2’. Strictly average fair!
Critic’s Rating: 2/5
Box Office Rating: 2.5/5
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