Brothers, dubbed from Tamil Maatraan, is the story of conjoined twins, their trials and tribulations, love and emotions, challenges and achievements. It also has the backdrop of the current controversial research on Genetically Modified Food.
A faux pas by genetic scientist Ram Chandra (Sachin Khedekar) results in his wife (Tara) giving birth to conjoined twins who grow up into Akhil (Surya) and Vimal (Surya again). When Anjali (Kajal Agarwal) enters their lives, both the twins take a liking to her, though she warms up more for Vimal. A foreigner Volga smells a rat in the genetically modified baby milk food Energion which is the brainwave of Ram Chandra and the nosing firangi is found dead.
There is an attack on the twins too. One of the twins dies. A pendrive initiates the remaining twin and Anjali into action and they investigate the death of Volga which takes them to Ukraine where they fathom some ugly secrets of Energion.
They find mysterious connections to USA-USSR cold war era and even the Barcelona Olympics 1992. Their crusade unravels the mystery of an international conspiracy that leads to the climax.
It is Surya all the way, in emoting, in comic timing, and in fighting. He is very successful in portraying the conjoined twins where one is sharp, smart and sparkling and the other is cool, calm and collected.
Kajal is a beautiful foil to the twins and the glam doll of the songs. Sachin Khedekar is brilliant. Tara portrays a mother in turmoil. All others fit into their author backed roles.
Journalist turned National Film Award winning cinematographer turned writer-director KV Anand brings out his best writing and technical skills to give an amusing, emotional and action packed drama-cum-thriller with Brothers.
The different doses of commercial entertainment elements have been sagaciously blended into the mainstream cinema format.
Employing Motion Capture Technology, along with Srinivasa Murthy’s (Robo fame) visual effects, has been done with such alacrity, the entire conjoined twins episode looks stunningly natural.
Music by Harris Jayaraj is energetic and enlivening. Soundararajan’s cinematography is top notch. The film is technically well made. The production values add credibility to the narration.
After Robo and Eega, Brothers is another technical marvel from South Indian film industry.
The film Brothers can be watched for the sheer visual brilliance and Surya’s stupendous performance, though you may find the duration of the film a bit stretched and the basic premise of the story a tad far fetched.
The Cast And Crew
Suriya, Kajal Agarwal, Vivek, Sachin Khedekar, Tara, Ajay Ratnam, Ravi Prakash, Shankar Krishnamurthy, Isha Sharvani and others.
Written By: KV Anand & Suba
Music : Harris Jayaraj
Action: Peter Heins
Cinematography : S Soundar Rajan
Editing : Anthony
Visual Effects Supervisor: Srinivasa Murthy
Producers: Kalpathi S. Aghoram (Tamil), Bellamkonda Suresh (Telugu)
Banners: AGS Entertainment, Multi Dimensional Films
Distributed by : Eros International, Gemini Film Circuit
Directed by: KV Anand
3 out of 5
Review by Deen Kumar