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Salman Khan Films’ Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan (UA) is an action-laden family drama. It is inspired by Tamil film Veeram.

Bhaijaan (Salman Khan) has three brothers viz. Love (Siddharth Nigam), Ishq (Raghav Juyal) and Moh (Jassie Gill). Bhaijaan is so fond of them that he had sacrificed his love for a girl, Bhagya (Bhagyashree), as he did not want his love for his younger brothers to get diluted after the arrival of his wife. It is assumed that the three brothers would reciprocate by themselves also not getting married. But the three younger brothers find love. Love falls in love with Chahat (Vinali Bhatnagar), Ishq loves Sukoon (Shehnaaz Gill), and Moh is mad about Muskan (Palak Tiwari). The three brothers and their girlfriends now decide to get Bhaijaan hitched to a girl, which could then pave the way for their own marriages. Bhagya (Pooja Hegde), a girl from Hyderabad, lands in Bhaijaan’s neighbourhood, and the two soon fall in love with one another. However, when she sees that Bhaijaan is a violent man, she wonders how her completely non-violent brother, Balakrishna Gundamaneni (Venkatesh Daggubati) would accept him as her to-be life partner.

Bhaijaan has been protecting the entire neighbourhood from an evil businessman, Mahavir (Vijender Singh), who wants to usurp their land for his ulterior motives. In Hyderabad, another evil businessman, Nageshwara (Jagapathi Babu), has sworn revenge against Balakrishna and Bhagya’s family to settle old scores. Bhaijaan promises to safeguard the lives of Bhagya’s family. What happens when the very violent Bhaijaan meets the peace-loving Balakrishna? What happens to Nageshwara’s machinations? What about Mahavir’s vicious plans? Do Bhaijaan and his three younger brothers marry their respective girlfriends?

Sparsh Khetarpal and Tasha Bhambra have written a story and screenplay, which appear completely disjointed. Rather than a free-flowing drama, what the audience experiences are mere anecdotes pieced together to appear like a continuous drama. But the seamlessness, which one looks for in a film of this canvas, is missing. Perhaps, the only exciting twist in the tale comes in the climax. Other than that, the script progresses in a routine fashion. The first half is very boring except a little before interval. The post-interval part is better but it is neither thrilling enough nor novel enough. Although the love between Bhaijaan and his three brothers is sought to be established through dialogues, there are simply not enough scenes for the same to touch the audience’s hearts. It is, perhaps, because of this that the emotions fail to move the viewers to tears. Therefore, every sentimental scene, in which the characters (including Bhaijaan) shed tears but the viewers don’t cry along with them, is like a red mark in the report card of the film. Similarly, the comedy is not half as funny as it ought to have been. Yes, the action scenes do afford thrill. But that’s just not enough. Although there are four love stories, there is hardly any romance, least of all heartwarming romance. All in all, the story and screenplay are terribly weak. Farhad Samji’s dialogues lack the fire and the punch at most of the places.

Salman Khan acts ably and shines in action scenes and dances. But he looks bulky in some scenes. His long hair in the first half will not be liked by the audience. Pooja Hegde looks beautiful and acts well. Venkatesh Daggubati is good as Balakrishna Gundamaneni. Jagapathi Babu is truly menacing as Nageshwara. Vijender Singh is below the mark as Mahavir. He just doesn’t match up to Salman Khan. Besides, Vijender Singh’s dialogue delivery is not up to the mark. Raghav Juyal, Jassie Gill and Siddharth Nigam are average; they don’t even get much scope. In fact, the casting of the three brothers and their three girlfriends ought to have been far better considering that the hero is an A-list actor like Salman Khan. None of the three girlfriends get any substantive scene to perform. Shehnaaz Gill is the better of the lot as far as acting is concerned. Palak Tiwari and Vinali Bhatnagar are ordinary. All three look so-so. Bhumika Chawla is quite good as Balakrishna’s wife. Rohini Hattangady leaves a fine mark as Balakrishna’s mother. Satish Kaushik gets less scope to perform; he is quite good. Tej Sapru and Aasif Sheikh are ordinary in inconsequential roles. The viewers fail to understand why they were a part of the cast in the first place. Abhimanyu Singh makes his presence felt (as Tyagi) in a special appearance. Bhagyashree looks bewitching in a special appearance as Bhagya. Himalaya and Abhimanyu Dassani are effective in friendly appearances. Ram Charan adds tremendous star value, especially for the audience down South, in a brief appearance in a song. Yo Yo Honey Singh also lends star value in the ‘Let’s dance’ song-dance. Others are alright.

Farhad Samji’s direction is not up to the mark. He has not been able to make an engaging film. Music is good but the songs have not become as popular as they should’ve become. The ‘Billi Billi’ (music Sukhbir; lyrics Kumaar), ‘Balle Balle’ (music Sukhbir; lyrics Kumaar), ‘Yentamma’ (music Payal Dev; lyrics Shabbir Ahmed) and ‘Bathukamma’ (music Ravi Basrur; lyrics Shabbir Ahmed, Ravi Basrur, Kinnal Raj and Harini Ivaturi) songs are fast-paced and nice. The ‘Naiyo Lagda’ (music Himesh Reshammiya; lyrics Shabbir Ahmed), ‘Tere Bina’ (music and lyrics Sajid Khan) and ‘Jee rahe they hum’ (music Amaal Malik; lyrics Shabbir Ahmed) songs are melodious. The ‘Let’s dance’ song (music and lyrics Devi Sri Prasad) is weak. Song picturisations (by Jani, Shabina Khan and Ranjan) are eye-filling. Ravi Basrur’s background music is good but ought to have been far more impactful. V. Manikandan’s cinematography is excellent. Anl Arasu’s action and stunt scenes are pretty thrilling. Rajat Poddar’s production designing is proper. Mayuresh Sawant’s editing is quite sharp but could’ve been tighter.

On the whole, Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan is a weak film with very ordinary merits. Its disjointed script is its weakest point while Salman Khan’s presence and the oncoming Eid festival (when box-office collections will show a huge rise) are the biggest plus points. But in the final tally, it will prove to be a dull fare.

Released on 21-4-’23 at Inox (daily 12 shows) and other cinemas of Bombay thru Zee Studios. Publicity: very good. Opening: dull (adversely affected because of it being the last day of Ramzan). …….Also released all over. Opening was weak at many places.