Brother’s Day Review – Prithviraj, Kalabhavan Shajohn
The aspirations of Kalabhavan Shajon’s first directorial film Brother’s Day is to be a complete entertainer. While the first half of the movie sort of gives you a hope that things are going in that direction, a flimsy second half that goes on and on behind a silly antagonist sort of tests your patience. Ultimately Brother’s Day is tedious and exhausting.
Rony is from a normal middle-class Christian family. He earns a living by doing catering work. At one particular day, he happens to meet a guy named Chandi. Even though initially he was an annoyance to Rony, soon the bonding became stronger and Rony became a close aide to Chandi and his daughter Santa. At one point Santa gets dragged into an issue from which she couldn’t escape. How Rony eventually helps her from getting out of that trouble is what Brother’s Day all about.
Lack of conviction in the scripting is clearly evident in Brother’s Day. A psycho villain who extorts money by blackmailing people is the primary idea Kalabhavan Shajon has about Brother’s Day. The rest what you see in this movie are a burden on the script. The first half in the context of the main conflict is totally irrelevant. The characters and incidents one sees in the first half are almost completely ignored in the second half. Madonna Sebastian, who was supposed to be the female lead hardly has a scene in the second half. It was refreshing to see a Prithviraj who isn't speaking English and doing the dark stuff. But post-interval the movie almost forgets about him and when he comes back, the movie had reached that typical Prithviraj zone of darkness and psycho killer stuff.
Prithviraj is flowing freely for a majority of the runtime in the first half. But still that stiffness he carries when he performs comedy is there. In the second half, he goes back to his comfort zone of swagger and stiff dialogue delivery. Aishwarya Lekshmi manages to make her poorly written character look better on screen. Prayaga plays the role of Rony’s sister. Miya and Madonna Sebastian have forgettable roles in Brother’s Day. Vijayaraghavan was a star in the first half. Prasanna as the villain is too simple after a point. Almost all the mimicry artists we see in the first half gets vanished in the second half.
As a scriptwriter Kalabhavan Shajon has tried to make it a complete package by including everything a so-called commercial entertainer demands. Comedy, action, drama, sentiments etc are all there. But they don’t really gel with each other. The making style has too much of predictability and after a point the movie becomes exhausting. The twists we get to see in the film aren’t that surprising. The cinematography was average while the songs were enjoyable even though their placing was awkward.
In the beginning of Brother’s Day you might get a feeling that you are in for a comedy entertainer similar to something like an Amar Akbar Anthony. But post the interval, when the core content starts, the movie fizzles away from being fresh and engaging. At around 164 minutes of runtime, Brother’s Day is a bumpy ride.
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