It is not very often that we come across films that are sans the typical masala quotient. Karan Malhotra's 'Brothers' is one such film and it's a film which is emotionally charged alongwith a good dose of action and an unmissable climax.
'Brothers' is a film which tells the story of two estranged street fighting brothers, who in a twist of fate, square off against each other in a mixed martial arts championship tournment. David Fernandes (Akshay Kumar) is a helpless man who works both as a physics teacher and also as a street fighter in order to save the life of his daughter who is suffering from a serious kidney ailment. He is compelled to take up the job of a street fighter so that he can make some quick money and can eventually save his daughter who is battling for life. Monty Fernandes (Sidharth Malhotra) plays the estranged younger brother of David who lives with their father Gary Fernandes (Jackie Shroff), a former mixed martial artist.
The story is about how things go haywire in the Fernandes family, due to a drunkard father (Jackie Shroff) who comes home every night fully sloshed and how this gradually changes the entire scenario, eventually leading to the accidental death of his wife Maria Fernandes (Shefali Shah) during a physical altercation. This incident ultimately causes a rift between their kids David (Akshay Kumar) and Monty (Sidharth Malhotra) and the two brothers get estranged for good. David later gets married to Jenny (Jacqueline Fernandez) and lives separately with his wife and daughter while Monty lives separately with his father Gary.
On the acting front, the three leading actors Akshay Kumar, Sidharth Malhotra and Jackie Shroff do complete justice to the characters they portray. Akshay once again proves his versatility as he plays his character of a helpless school teacher who is compelled to become a street fighter in order to save his daughter's life with elaan. Sidharth Malhotra, who is still a pretty fresh face in the industry, also plays his part of the estranged younger brother of Akshay with brilliance. Jacqueline Fernandez and Shefali Shah though did not get very meaty roles, still manage to do justice to the characters given to them by the director. Rest of the supporting cast are strictly okay. But last but not the least, the surprise scene stealer is Jackie Shroff who plays the character of Gary Fernandes, father of David and Monty. The veteran actor is surely bound to make you teary eyed in the emotional scenes, especially one scene in which he goes emotionally hysterical on realising that his son David hates him to the core due to his unintentional misdeed which got his wife killed. He is the complete icing on the cake as he plays the helpless emotionally driven father of two with sheer brillance.
Talking about the cinematography of the film, there is nothing very special to mention, but yes, the combat and training sequences are captured very nicely. The combat and training sequences look very realistic and impressive and a person who is fond of mixed martial arts is surely bound to like the part. The editing of the film could have been a bit crisper as the film tends to get stretchy in bits and parts, especially in the first half. The first half could have easily been trimmed by atleast 15 minutes to make it look and feel crispier. Director Karan Malhotra too loses pace here and there. The second half of the film does pick up pace depending on its combat sequences and the climax too is pretty good.
Out of the four songs in the film, two are worth mentioning, one is 'Sapna Jahan' which is an emotional and soulful number and the second one is 'Brothers Anthem' which is a powerful track. 'Mera Naam Mary' is a complete misfit and seems to have been entered forcefully in the film. This song could have been avoided.
Finally, despite the fact that the film gets a little bit stretchy in bits and parts, we are going for a two and a half stars for 'Brothers' since the three leading stars Akshay, Sidharth and Jackie carry the film quite well on their shoulders and also full marks to the realistic combat and training sequences. While there is nothing very different or special in the storyline of the film, it is still worth a watch, especially if you want to see Jackie Shroff in one of his best performances and if you are a die-hard fan of mixed martial arts.