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Bhaiyya Bhaiyya offers nothing substantial

September 06, 2014 17:10 IST

Bhaiyya Bhaiyya does provide a few chuckles, but nothing substantial, says Paresh C Palicha

What is the easiest way to make a film successful?

Copy something that is already successful.

Director Johnny Antony tries to do that in his new film Bhaiyya Bhaiyya by casting Kunchacko Boban and Biju Menon (a pairing with proven track record), as if that is enough to guarantee success.

The film written by Benny P Nayarambalam follows the formulaic path trodden by its two heroes in the past.

Biju Menon is once again a dim-witted but sturdy Bengali fellow who can take on any opposition single-handedly reminding us of Marykkundoru Kunjaadu (2010) that came out of the pen of the same writer.

Kunchacko Boban too has very similar role as the one played by Dileep in Marykkundoru Kunjaadu where he takes advantage of Menon's physical strength to settle scores with his adversaries.

Here Boban makes him do the work while he himself enjoys playing Angry Birds on his phone.

There are efforts to make social comments here and there but they are subdued by the laughter that ensues them.

For example, the film begins with an ambulance ride from Kerala to Bengal, carrying the mortal remains of a labourer who had worked in a construction site and Boban starts narrating the back story sitting in the passenger seat, while the ambulance is driven by Menon.

Everything that happens in the story can be guessed beforehand as if we have seen this before and now we are watching it all for the second time.

Menon provides impetus to humour by mispronouncing Malayalam words. He has the responsibility of carrying the thrills by fighting streetwise goons.

Boban has to support him through out.

Innocent, who has lost his mental balance due the loss in his business of supplying labourers for construction sites, is supposed to be funny.

Suraj Venjaramoodu, as a typical Malayalee worker who desires to be paid wages without really working, does get a couple of interesting lines.

Tezni Khan as the loud sex worker goes unintentionally overboard.

Vijayaraghavan and Shammi Thilakan as the father-son politicians are the villains of the piece but, they lack the sharpness to make any impact.

On the whole, Bhaiyya Bhaiyya does provide a few chuckles, but nothing substantial.

Paresh C Palicha