Bhaiyya Bhaiyya Review

It's almost as a dirge that Johnny Antony's 'Bhaiyya Bhaiyya' starts off as, with Babumon (Kunchacko Boban), carrying the mortal remains of one of his immigrant laborers back to his home in Bengal. He is accompanied by his 'Bhaiyya', Babulal Chatterji (Biju Menon), who has been with him ever since he came to Kerala years back.


There is nothing much of an elaborate story that follows the initial revelations, and 'Bhaiyya Bhaiyya' is a film that has in its mind an intention to make some very pertinent statements on the ,much discussed issue of immigrant labourers in Kerala. That it is unsuccessful in doing so is largely because of the conformities that it sticks to, despite opting for a freshness in the backdrop.


There is this constant reminder that keeps irking you all through the film of the Dileep starrer 'Marykkundoru Kunjaadu' that had cashed in on Biju Menon's clout to rake up some laughter. It's pretty much the same in 'Bhaiyya Bhaiyya' as well, with Boban playing hide and seek behind Menon's massive frame.


For those on the lookout for some harmless laughter, there are a couple of smiles in store. But the film still remains downright disappointing if you expect the lead pair combo to work up some magic, like they have done in some previous films of theirs. Here the sparks there, but they fizzle out in no time, despite having some actors like Salim Kumar and Suraj Venjarammoodu to lend them support.


When the Maoists are brought into the picture, you literally are left gasping in disbelief, since 'Bhaiyya Bhaiyya' can afford no such silliness at this point. And then the climax ensues which gets messier as it goes, and it all ends in a flurry and all is well with the world again.


Sadly for the film, the writing is redundant, and there is nothing much in it that would appeal to the film viewers of the day. The events or the non-events rather appear superfluous and at times, and the attempts to put up on show some observations on the changing society around us, end up being pointless.


Clearly this is a film that intends to build on the chemistry of its lead pair, and Kunchacko Boban and Biju Menon do not disappoint. They deliver the goods without fail, but the ground on which they have to work on is a shallow one, which pours water on their efforts. The ladies Nisha Aggarwal and Vinutha Lal are around, making not much significant contributions to the proceedings. 'Bhaiyya Bhaiyya' offers nothing spectacular when it comes to the technicalities, though the musical score by Vidyasagar is quite easy on the ears.


Mediocre is the word that rings in your ears as you walk out of the cinema hall, and clearly 'Bhaiyya Bhaiyya' could have been much better. Sporadically bringing out a laughter or two, this is a film that very rarely engages us emotionally and which fundamentally falls apart at the seams.

Sporadically bringing out a laughter or two, this is a film that very rarely engages us emotionally and which fundamentally falls apart at the seams. (1.8) - Veeyen

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