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FILM REVIEW: Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan

Being Salman Khan Cast: Salman Khan, Daggubati Venkatesh, Pooja Hedge, Jagapathi Babu, Vijendra Singh, Palak Tiwari, Jassi Gill, Shehnaz G...

Being Salman Khan

Cast: Salman Khan, Daggubati Venkatesh, Pooja Hedge, Jagapathi Babu, Vijendra Singh, Palak Tiwari, Jassi Gill, Shehnaz Gill, Siddharth Nigam, Rohini Hattangadi, late Satish Kaushik, Aasif Sheikh, Tej Sapru, Bhoomika Chawla, with Ram Charan and Bhagyashree in special appearance

Rating 2.5*

What do you do with a star who seriously needs to grow up? At 57 with over 35 years in the industry, Bollywood’s bhaijaan still can’t seem to go beyond being Salman Khan in each and every frame of his latest Eid offering. His entry is a seeti-maar one but when he lands on his feet and turns around to smirk at his admiring audience, we see cascades of golden hair on his head. And when Goldilocks oops sorry Bhaijaan decides to pack a punch you can be assured of him decimating his opponent with effortless ease, something he has done countless times in countless films. So, what's new about director Farhad Samji's ode to and on SK?

A copy of the 2014 Ajith-Tamannah starrer Tamil film Veeram remade in Telugu as Katamarayudu starring Pawan Kalyan and Shruti Haasan, KKBKKJ’s script is simple enough like the original. An elder brother Bhaijaan loves his three brothers Love (Siddharth Nigam), Ish (Raghav Juyal) and Moh (Jassie Gill) to bits. The local goon (boxer Vijendra Singh nattily dressed) leaves no stone unturned to trouble his mohalla, having a greedy eye on a piece of land there.

His three brothers want to settle down with their girlfriends Palak Tiwari (Muskaan), Shehnaz Gill (Sukoon) and Vinali Bhatnagar but can’t as Bhaijaan is still single and nursing a broken heart over Bhagya (Bhagyashree in a sweet cameo takes us back to her 1989 Maine Pyar Kiya super duper hit with Sallu). As she is already married and set to be a mother-in-law the three brothers set about looking for her namesake. Bhagyalakshmi (Pooja Hedge) literally falls into their hands as their new paying guest. A super quick romance later the plot shifts from Delhi to south India to take Bhagya’s brother Balakrishnan (Daggubati Venkatesh) blessings for their marriage. But Bhaijaan has to contend with yet another goon Nageshwara (Jagapathi Babu) who has an axe to grind with Balakrishnan.

Salman Khan is in top form doing what he does best - entertain. But he ends up being unintentionally funny with his flowing golden tresses in the first half and his strange dancing style. His three brothers and their girlfriends are mere eye candy while Abhimanyu Singh and Satish Kaushik are wasted in inconsequential roles. Pooja Hedge for once shines and looks like a million bucks, Venkatesh is smashing and Vijendra makes a confident debut as a baddie. The presence of Bhoomika also evokes a Tere Naam nostalgia in a rather tragic way… what Salman Khan was and what he has become…Die-hard Salman fans may lap up Bhaijaan and his latest offering, but those watching his films since 1988 can’t help but think about his hits in the 1990s and 2000 and see the quality deteriorating with each passing year. Salman even treats us to a medley of nursery rhymes in his own voice in tow with Yo Yo Honey Singh as the credit titles role. The energetic Yentamma with Ram Charan is a face-saver. Or is it?



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