Warriors turn Brother

Siddharth - Garima
Screenplay & Dialogues

Cliff Dorfman
Original Story

Film Review
Brothers:When Warriors turn into Brothers

            When ‘Warrior’s turn into ‘Brothers’

“It's always that tricky thing with a remake, especially when it's something that's well loved. You're coming to something that has a built-in fascination, but with that comes people ready to feel disgruntled that it's being remade at all.”

      Karan Malhotra’s another attempt of remaking a film becomes the prey of this prejudice of people about remakes. Brothers is a story about two brothers, David (Akshay Kumar) and Monty (Siddharth Malhotra), who lost their mother Maria (Shefali Shah) early and the man responsible for the loss is none other than their father Gary (Jacky Shroff), who had been a renowned fighter in his times. Gary was an alcoholic husband and father, and it was his addiction that this furious incident happened one night to which he was imprisoned. The story starts from the point when he is released after many years and his younger son Monty is waiting for him outside the jail. The elder brother though is shown to have no contact with his father since that incident. He has a well settled job of a Physics teacher in a school and a family consisting of his loving wife Jenny (Jacqueline Fernandez) and a daughter.

       Some scenes are remade frame to frame exactly as they were in Warrior but a lot has been changed too. There are some unnecessary changes too like the heart problem of the elder brother’s daughter has been replaced by the problem in kidney. The fun fact is that in Warrior, the bank manager mistakenly says ‘heart’ in place of ‘kidney’ while in Brothers the vice-versa happens to which Siddharth-Garima find an opportunity to punch a dialogue from David “heart ki problem toh aapko hai sir”. The major things that Ekta, director’s wife, who has written the adapted screenplay, has changed, consist of the hatred of the younger son for his father in Warrior turning into sympathy in Brothers. The father in both the films was a frustrated old man who regrets being an irresponsible alcoholic who harassed his family a lot in his past. In both the films, this character was entirely responsible for the loss of his wife. Then why, you wonder, in Warrior, both the sons hated their father while in Brothers, only the elder son hated him? Well, that’s because if somebody like Karan Malhotra, who seems to be a 90s lover, must be obsessed with the concept of having a necessary illegitimate child to fill in more drama to the already dramatic story. Though the love for his father wasn’t much justified as he too treated Maria like her mother and what Gary did to Maria, he too should have hated him just as David did.

         Inspite of wasting so much of time, almost the whole first half, in flashback scenes due to too much of spoonfeeding, nothing much was cleared out. The past wasn’t explained in flashbacks in Warrior, still the audience comfortably gets to know what must have happened. The flashback though wouldn’t have been a problem, if the characters were written with a clear mind.

       The second half is devoid of the melodrama and is concentrated only on the ‘Right To Fight’ world Mixed Martial Arts championship. A lot of melodrama was expected in the fight scenes but surprisingly that portion of the film has been directed really well. The fights looked very authentic though some of the dialogues of the commentators could have been more entertaining and less dramatic.

       Apart from too much of unnecessary stuffs in the screenplay which made the first half quite boring, Ajay-Atul’s unnecessary loud background score worsened the situation. Although the duo created some soothing melodies, they were not utilized the way they could have been. A vague item song of Kareena Kapoor Khan doesn’t help in regaining the interest in the first half.

     Some scenes of Warrior that were really beautiful, were either haven’t been adapted or not utilized properly. The dialogues between the brothers in a scene where they meet on a ground and discuss their past was lovely but unfortunately the remakers didn’t require that scene as they already had wasted much of the time showing the whole flashback. The scene where the father feels guilty of being responsible for their mother’s loss was amazingly done in Warrior but shown vaguely in Bothers with lots of loudness.

         Karan’s love for 90s cinema doesn’t just stick to Agneepath. Too much of spoonfeeding through flashbacks makes the first half more boring and dramatic. Siddarth-Garima’s dialogues doesn’t find the required punch. Ekta’s adaption of the original screenplay could have been groomed well, Ajay-Atul’s background score could have been less loud and the films is full of unnecessary stuffs that required smart editing from Akiv Ali. This film fails in almost all the departments except the action which was the most important among all.


   Prakhar Khare

A film buff who loves to read, write and analyze cinema, literature and music and connect them with life..

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