Review : Bhai – Disappointing Fare
Bhai1 Release date : 25 October 2013 Rating : 2.25/5
Director : Veerabhadram Chowdary
Producer : Akkineni Nagarjuna
Music Director : Devi Sri Prasad
Starring : Nagarjuna, Richa Gangopadhyay, Brahmanandam

‘King’ Akkineni Nagarjuna’s ‘Bhai’ has released today across the world. The movie has Nagarjuna and Richa in lead roles and Veerabhadram has directed this mass entertainer. Nagarjuna and Reliance Entertainments have teamed up for this film and Devi Sri Prasad has composed the music. Let us see how Bhai is.

Story :

Bhai (Nagarjuna) is the most skilled and trusted enforcer of a Hong Kong based Don, named David (Ashish Vidyarthi). David is heavily dependant on Bhai for his day to day operations and this is resented by David’s sons, James (Sonu Sood) and Tony (Ajay).

David sends Bhai to Hyderabad, to finish off an undercover police officer who is disrupting the mafia operations in the city. Bhai begins hunting down the undercover officer and uncovers his identity. The cop is none other than Arjun (Prasanna) and Bhai decides to finish him off.

At the last moment, Bhai discovers a shocking truth about Arjun and his family. He must now protect Arjun from the clutches of David and his gang. What is that truth? What does Bhai do to save Arjun? Will he succeed in his mission?

That remains to be seen.

Plus Points :

Nagarjuna is very handsome in this movie. As always, his dressing sense is impeccable. Richa Gangopadhyay looks good, but she has nothing to do. The film has been shot quite lavishly and the frame looks very rich.

Hamsa Nandini has sizzled in her item song. Sonu Sood and Prasanna have done a good job.

Minus Points :

The plot is quite stale and predictable. There is no emotional depth in the proceedings. The film could have used three themes strongly. 1. Father – son conflict 2. Brother – sister sentiment 3. Romantic track between Nagarjuna and Richa. Sadly, none of the above themes have been utilised effectively.

A weak screenplay and poor writing never allow the film’s graph to take off. Comedy is quite bad and despite the presence of so many comedians, entertainment quotient is quite low. The much publicised ‘Bhai Bullets’ are actually quite bad. Except for one or two,most of them appear forced and artificial.

The placement of songs is quite poor. Editing is atrocious and this is one of the biggest reasons for the bad viewing experience.

A number of senior actors like Jayaprakash Reddy, Nagineedu, Brahmanandam, Ajay, Ashish Vidyardhi etc. are present in the film. But they have largely been marginalised.

Technical Aspects :

Sameer Reddy’s cinematography is a big asset for the movie. He has managed to capture the visuals quite beautifully. Like I said before, editing is downright atrocious. There is no smooth transition between frames and the flow is quite jerky.

Devi Sri Prasad’s music is decent but his background score is disappointing. Veerabhadram’s direction is not up to the mark. Entertainment is his trademark but that is missing in this movie.

Verdict :

‘Bhai’ came in with good expectations, riding on the back of a nice audio album from DSP. But the film fails to entertain. Poor screenplay, bad writing and terrible editing spoil the overall viewing experience. Bhai is a disappointment and it ends up as a damp squib. Rating – 2.25/5

Reviewed by Mahesh S Koneru


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