‘Brother's Day’ review: just another mass entertainer


The film starring Prithviraj is not an utterly drab watch, yet you feel it could have been more original and engaging

The promos hinted at a genuine mainstream treat, a full-on festival fare plush from all angles. And Brother's Day tries to cater everything it promised, including the quintessential song-and-dance sequence to keep its entertainment quotient intact. But Kalabhavan Shajohn in his step-by-step, scene-by-scene attempt to create that full-blast extravaganza, leaves some loose ends and shock-proof twists in his directorial debut. The film, clocking 2 hours and 45 minutes, is not an utterly drab watch, yet you feel it could have been more original and engaging.

Brother's Day, with its customary Fort Kochi backdrop, follows Rony (Prithviraj), who works with a catering service. The film introduces a string of characters who are part of his life, including his sister Ruby, a young widow recuperating from a mysterious accident. There is the funny sidekick Munna (Dharmajan), the chilled-out millionaire Chandy (Vijayaraghavan) and his vivacious daughter Santha (Aishwarya Lekshmi). In between you are served several pieces of a puzzle and a peculiar villain, the undercurrents of tension rightly maintained in the first half.

The film with its tag of 'family thriller' opts to focus on family, leaving the other part under-explored. To start with, nearly all characters in the film have a solid backstory, but the most intriguing of them all, the psycho killer played by Prasanna, lacks one. While the film revels in those all-too-familiar family moments, it employs a very linear and prosaic style to change the course of the narrative. The script invests a lot of reel time in establishing the goodness of characters, but the crime which holds the storyline together, gets a casual and cursory treatment. It never evolves into anything out-of-the-box despite having an interesting premise.

Prithviraj plays the boy-next-door and at times his character seems like a watered down version of Amar from Amar Akbar Anthony. The four lead ladies deliver what the script demands along with the film's elaborate supporting cast. While the film boasts of some well-orchestrated action, music and camera stick to the conventional rule book of a festival release. Brother's Day may measure up to everything that makes a mass entertainer, but the film simply leaves it at that.

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