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‘BROTHERS’ REVIEW: THIS ‘WARRIOR’ REMAKE IS A MELODRAMATIC MESS

Wow, Bollywood. You had one job here. One job. Brothers, as you’ve probably heard, is an official remake of the 2011 Hollywood film Warrior, starring Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton. I remember watching it four years ago when it released in India and thinking that its melodramatic elements might perhaps work really well here — after all, ‘two estranged brothers’ is a premise we’ve all grown up watching.

All director Karan Malhotra, helming his sophomore project, had to do here was to copy the original scene by scene, simply change the context, and refrain from adding any embellishments. That’s it. But, just like a younger sibling who feels the need to create his or her own identity, Brothers isn’t content with being just a remake. It’s not enough simply to Indianise the setting and the characters as well as add songs (at least half of which are unnecessary) to the narrative — it needs, for some reason, to amp up the melodrama all the way up to 11.

The result: Brothers, which should really have been a sure thing, ends up a cringeworthy, melodramatic mess. It’s a soap opera masquerading as a boxing drama. It is the Hamari Adhuri Kahani of sports films. Brothers, as you’ve probably heard, is an official remake of the 2011 Hollywood film Warrior, starring Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton. I remember watching it four years ago when it released in India and thinking that its melodramatic elements might perhaps work really well here — after all, ‘two estranged brothers’ is a premise we’ve all grown up watching.

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