Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan: Though his direction is flawed, Farhad Samji steps out of his comfort zone; presents Salman Khan in a massy avatar

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Directed by Farhad Samji, ‘Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan’ is the story of Bhaijaan (Salman Khan) and his three brothers Moh, Ishq and Luv (Raghav Juyal, Siddharth Nigam and Jassie Gill). They have their own love interests, but they cannot get married until Bhaijaan ties the knot. So the trio attempt to find a partner for him. One day, they meet Bhagya (Pooja Hegde), and they try to set her up with their older brother. As luck would have it, both Bhaijaan and Bhagya fall for each other. In the second half, the film moves down South where Bhaijaan and his brothers meet Bhagya’s brother Balakrishna (Venkatesh Daggubati) and the rest of her family. Balakrishna believes in non-violence while Bhaijaan is anything but peace loving. How this creates a tussle while Bhaijaan attempts to save Bhagya’s family from the evil Nageshwar (Jagapathi Bapu) is what the rest of the film is all about.

Farhad Samji has stepped out of his own comfort zone and directed a film that is an ode to Salman Khan style of cinema. Compared to Farhad’s previous films, there is a difference in his direction, and he has made a fine balance between action, emotion, comedy, romance and drama. It is obvious that there are some flaws in his direction, but those flaws can be ignored, keeping this in mind that Farhad has presented a clean and entertaining film to the audiences on the occasion of Eid.

Salman Khan has done a terrific job in the film. He lights up the screen with his presence and in action scenes, is brilliant. But he excels the most in emotional and dramatic scenes. In terms of comedy, Salman does not offer anything special, but whatever is there in the name of humour is fine; and of course, he carries the whole film on his shoulder.

There’s an improvement in Pooja Hegde’s performance as compared to her previous films. Her chemistry with Salman looks good and natural.

Venkatesh Daggubati breathes life into his character. There is freshness in his performance that will stay with you throughout the film.

Raghav Juyal’s performance is impressive, Jassie Gill has given a confident performance and Siddharth Nigam is decent. The work of all three is commendable in the emotional scenes filmed on them and Salman.

Jagapathi Babu plays the negative role well but his character could have been meatier. Vijender Singh has done a mediocre job. Shehnaaz Gill, Vinali Bhatnagar and Palak Tiwari are misfits and have nothing to offer much.

The roles of Tej Sapru, late Satish Kaushik and Aasif Sheikh could have been better and written stronger. Although they do not offer anything special performance-wise, they have performed faithfully.

Bhumika Chawla is hardly there, whereas Rohini Hattangadi leaves a mark. Bhagyashree has done a decent job in the film and the scenes shot on her and Salman are good. Abhimanyu Singh, in a guest appearance, has done a fine job.

The music of the film is well-tuned. The songs “Billi Billi”, “Naiyo Lagda”, “Bathukamma” and “Yentamma” are wonderful to watch on screen. On the other hand, “Balle Balle” and “Falling in Love”, could have been removed from the film as these songs are not effective and act as roadblocks. The song “Tere Bina” is good but lacks emotion. Ravi Basrur’s background music fits perfectly with the flow and story of the film and elevates the action and emotion sequences.

The film scores well when it comes to set design, cinematography, action choreography and production values.

Talking about story writing and dialogues, there is no newness in the story, and the writing is also simple and childish at some places. The dialogues of the film could have been better. Editing is tight and the pace of the film is well-maintained.

Overall, ‘Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan’ is a clean, one-time watch family entertainer that will be loved by hardcore Salman fans, while it will disappoint some.

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