Big Brother Movie Review: Mohanlal starrer action thriller will give a severe headache.Modified On: 03 February 2020 | Reviewed By: Saurabh S Nair
The film is written and directed by ace filmmaker Siddique who has definitely lost his touch which he had back in time during Ramji Rao and Godfather days.
Cast: Mohanlal, Arbaaz Khan, Anoop Menon
Directed By: Siddique
Gone the time when a Siddique film used to be a guaranteed entertainer. His films used to have an interesting plot, well-written humor, and terrific performances. But now the times have changed, now the director is using plots and gimmicks of a stale commercial film.
Big Brother begins with a young man, Manu (Sarjano Khan), desperately trying to bring his elder brother Sachidanandan (Mohanlal) out of prison. He’s been convicted of two murders and unless you’ve never watched an Indian superstar movie in your life, you’d know that the build-up is for the hero.
The flashback that tells us why Sachidanandan went to jail is one of the few sequences that work in the film. Though it happens over the course of a song, Siddique manages to tell the story of a teenager forced by circumstances to take the law into his hands.
Once he’s released, Sachidanandan doesn’t know what to do with his freedom.
Mohanlal is a delight to watch as the awkward Sachidanandan who’s conditioned to ask for permission for every little thing. Anoop Menon and Honey Rose play his brother and sister-in-law while Gaadha plays his other brother Manu’s girlfriend. The mild comedy is fun but it all goes downhill after Manu and his girlfriend are brutally attacked. In fact, the second the jeep with generic rowdies appeared, I knew the film wasn’t going to recover.
The makers don’t even bother with things such as dubbing, especially when it comes to Arbaaz Khan’s character, who might as well have been explaining what he wanted to do with Dabangg 2. All the songs stick out and the jokes feel like they were dubbing-stage afterthoughts. By this point, one realizes that the only technique to suspend any more disbelief is by fainting.
The runtime of the film is 2 hours and 45 minutes, and yet the director would rather have his characters explain the plot in boring speeches than show what happened.
The film is a forgotten film and I think even Mohanlal and director Siddique will forget this.
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