Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan, directed by Farhad Samji, has hit the screens, and it is a classic example of a Salman Khan film that caters primarily to his ardent fan base. The film stars Salman Khan, Pooja Hedge, Raghav Juyal, Jassie Gill, Siddharth Nigam, Venkatesh Daggubati, and Jagapathi Babu in prominent roles. Loosely based on the 2014 film Veeram, Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan revolves around Bhaijaan (Salman Khan) and his three brothers, and their quest to protect a family threatened by a rival. This review will delve into the various aspects of the film, analyzing its strengths and weaknesses in detail.
Story and Screenplay:
The film’s story centers around Bhaijaan (Salman Khan), who has dedicated his life to raising his three brothers, Ishq (Raghav Juyal), Moh (Jassie Gill), and Love (Siddharth Nigam). Bhaijaan decides never to marry but finds a new purpose in life when he meets Bhagyalaxmi (Pooja Hedge). Bhagya’s brother, Annayya Gundamaneni (Venkatesh Daggubati), is a non-violent person whose family is threatened by rival Nageshwar (Jagapathi Babu). Bhaijaan takes it upon himself to protect them, while also dealing with Mahavir (Vijender Singh), who seeks to kill Bhaijaan and his brothers for a piece of land where everyone worships Bhaijaan.
The screenplay, co-written by Farhad Samji, Sparsh Khetarpal, and Tasha Bhambra, leaves a lot to be desired. The story itself lacks depth and originality, and the dialogues do little to elevate the film. The one-liners feel forced, and the humor often falls flat. Moreover, the film is riddled with clichés, beginning with Salman’s entry scene, which adds to the predictability of the plot. The poor writing also extends to the character development, leaving the audience with little emotional investment in the characters.
Direction and Editing:
Farhad Samji‘s direction in Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan is underwhelming. His inability to make the most out of the story and the ensemble cast is evident throughout the film. There are several inconsistencies in tone and pacing, making it difficult for the audience to remain engaged. The film’s duration, at 144 minutes, feels painfully long and stretched. The editing could have been more aggressive, trimming down the run time to make for a crisper viewing experience.
Songs and Background Score:
The film features an abundance of songs, with as many as seven tracks squeezed into its runtime. Unfortunately, most of these songs feel abrupt and do little to enhance the narrative. The loud and peppy nature of the songs may appeal to some, but their inclusion in the film seems more focused on showcasing dance moves than propelling the story forward. The background score is generic and fails to leave a lasting impression.
One of the film’s saving graces is V. Manikandan’s cinematography. The camera work during the action sequences is particularly impressive, with well-executed slow-motion shots and expertly framed fight scenes. The metro fight scene just before the interval and the climax action sequence are high points of the film, largely due to Manikandan’s skillful direction of photography.
Salman Khan delivers a performance that is quintessential to his brand of cinema. As Bhaijaan, he brings raw action and drama to the screen.
His vulnerability and kindness in some scenes contrast with his violent demeanor in others, showcasing his range as an actor. However, the bizarre long-haired wig he dons throughout the film is a significant distraction and does nothing to enhance his character.
The camaraderie between Salman and his on-screen brothers is heartwarming, and the humor he brings to his character is endearing. Venkatesh Daggubati’s performance as Annayya is another standout, bringing a sense of calm to the chaotic narrative. His scenes with Salman are engaging, and he manages to command a strong screen presence.
Raghav Juyal, Siddharth Nigam, and Jassie Gill, who portray Bhaijaan’s brothers, hold their own against Salman’s overpowering presence. Their action skills and screen presence are commendable, making their performances memorable.
Pooja Hedge, on the other hand, falls short in her portrayal of Bhagyalaxmi. Her screen presence is underwhelming, and she struggles to match the intensity of her co-stars. Her chemistry with Salman is negligible, and her attempt at portraying a South Indian woman lacks authenticity.
The film introduces three debutants – Shehnaaz Gill, Palak Tiwari, and Vinali Bhatnagar – who play Sukoon, Muskaan, and Chahat, respectively. Unfortunately, their talents are underutilized, with each having only a few lines of dialogue and limited screen time. This is particularly disappointing as Shehnaaz and Palak show promise with their charm and confidence.
Action and Choreography:
Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan is packed with action sequences, with as many as five well-choreographed fight scenes. The hand-to-hand combat between Vijender Singh and Salman Khan is a highlight, offering an adrenaline-pumping experience. Vijender, in his debut performance as the antagonist Mahavir, is confident, convincing, and dashing.
The choreography, however, does not fare as well. Watching Salman perform cringe-inducing dance steps is no longer entertaining, as it neither complements the film nor enhances his on-screen persona.
Costume Design and Art Direction:
The film is filled with colorful outfits and festive vibes, but the loud and garish settings often detract from the overall visual appeal. Additionally, the decision to use an unflattering wig for Salman Khan’s character is perplexing and ultimately detracts from his performance.
Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan is a Salman Khan film through and through. It offers action, drama, and emotion in spades, catering to his die-hard fans who enjoy his signature style of cinema. However, the film’s shortcomings, including its weak screenplay, underwhelming direction, and excessive song placement, prevent it from being a truly enjoyable cinematic experience.
For those seeking a no-brainer family entertainer filled with Salman Khan’s trademark action and melodrama, Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan might fit the bill. However, for viewers expecting a well-rounded film with a compelling story and engaging characters, this film falls short. With a rating of 2.5/5, Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan is ultimately a mixed bag that offers some entertainment for Salman Khan’s fans, but may leave others wanting more.
Here’s a summary of 11 reviews of the movie Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan:
- Times of India: 3/5 – A typical Salman Khan movie with over-the-top action and melodrama.
- Indian Express: 2/5 – A senseless film that relies heavily on Salman Khan’s star power.
- Filmfare: 3.5/5 – A no-brainer entertainer that will please Salman Khan fans.
- Pinkvilla: 2.5/5 – Poor writing and direction overshadow Salman Khan’s performance.
- Bollywood Hungama: 3/5 – A complete masala entertainer with Salman Khan’s mass appeal.
- NDTV: 1.5/5 – A cringe-worthy film with too much Salman Khan.
- Hindustan Times: 2/5 – A loud and senseless film that only Salman Khan fans might enjoy.
- India Today: 2/5 – A disappointment with poor direction and dialogues.
- The Quint: 1.5/5 – A cringe-fest with a weak script and poor performances.
- DNA India: 3/5 – A film that solely banks on Salman Khan’s charisma.
- Hindustan Times (Twitter review): Mixed reactions with only Salman Khan fans finding it entertaining, others calling it ‘cringe reloaded’.
The movie has received mixed to negative reviews, with critics citing poor direction, writing, and a weak script. However, some have praised it as a no-brainer entertainer suitable for Salman Khan fans.