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Bhai

Rather than review, I would prefer calling this piece as a ‘perfect recipe’ to make a photocopy film. I happened to see Akshay Kumar’sBosslast week, and this morning I have experienced a mind-jamming Telugu version of it calledBhai.What follows is a comparative analysis of both the films.

Boss: Hero makes an entry after a tamasha and over-hype of 30 minutes.

Bhai: Hero makes an entry after a tamasha and over-hype of 10 minutes.

Boss: Hero is a Robinhood-esque goon with a heart of gold.

Bhai: Hero is a mafia don with a heart of gold.

Boss: Hero renders lines in Haryanvi accent.

Bhai: Hero renders lines in Telangana accent.

Boss: There is no heroine for hero.

Bhai: There is a caricatured heroine for hero.

Boss: The main plot of the film is a strained father-son relationship.

Bhai: The main plot of the film is a strained father-son relationship.

Boss: A sepia-toned flashback where the hero as a child takes all the blame and as a result is ostracized from the family and the village.

Bhai: A sepia-toned flashback where the hero as a child takes all the blame and as a result is ostracized from the family and the village.

Boss: Heroism is all

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about mouthing a few punch lines and breaking bones.

Bhai: Heroism is all about mouthing a few punch lines and breaking bones.

Boss: When in doubt induces forceful gags to save a sinking ship.

Bhai: When in doubt induces forceful gags to save a sinking ship.

Boss: Hero tries to save his brother from the clutches of the antagonist.

Bhai: Hero tries to save his brother from the clutches of the antagonist.

Boss: Finally, the father welcomes the hero into his family.

Bhai: Finally, the father welcomes the hero into his family.

Boss: A short ‘show-reel’ of hero worship!

Bhai: A long ‘show-reel’ of hero worship!

That’s all folks. There is nothing more to talk about the film because there's nothing in the film that can incite even the remotest corner of your cerebral garage. Please save yourselves from the impending rain and from this film. But don’t save this film for a rainy day.

My Rating: Expectation – 7/10; Reality – 3/10

P.S. My expectation was ‘7’ because it took the writer – director Veerabhadram ‘Cut-Copy-Paste’ Chowdhary ‘7’ long years to pull this off so stylishly and effortlessly. But to everyone’s surpriseBhaiturned out to be a ‘style sans substance’ product.

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