Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan is a remake of the 2014 film ‘Veeram’ starring Ajith Kumar in the lead role. The only difference between these two films is that in the original film, there are four brothers to Ajith, while here we get three.
In Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan, Salman plays the role of a possessive and protective elder brother or the “Bhaijaan” of Love (Siddharth Nigam), Moh (Raghav Juyal) and Ishq (Jassie Gill). His occupation entails gyming and having violent fights against the injustices happening in the basti (the slum where they live). All these ways change when his love interest, Bhagyalakshmi (Pooja Hedge), enters his life. There are two locations in the film, Delhi in the first half and Hyderabad in the second half. Just like the locations, the narrative shifts unintentionally.
Screenplay writers Sparsh Khetrapal and Tasha Bhambra, along with director-cum-dialogue-writer Farhad Samji, make an awful cocktail of the narrative. Overall, the plot is about the three brothers getting their Bhaijaan married so that they can marry their lovers: Muskan, Sukoon and Chahat. But the narrative gets increasingly complicated, thanks to too many characters, too many songs, unintentional comedy, never-ending action sequences and much more.
The first half shows Bhaijaan’s past with some scenes from a 90s movie added, which brings about a nostalgic movement. The second half showcases Bhagya’s past followed by fighting the “villains” of both. The dialogues in the film go like – “Insaniyat Me Bada Dum, Vande Mataram.” Or, “Iss Desh Me Hai Dum, Vande Mataram.” It’s rather difficult to figure out the patriotic undertones in these lines.
As the songs pop up, so do Salman Khan’s steps in his style. In Naiyo Lagda, he lunges in the hook steps, albeit not too gracefully. Similarly, in the song – Let’s Dance Chotu Motu childhood nursery rhymes are ruined when they are used as the lyrics. Yentamma with Ram Charan’s cameo makes that song tolerable. Salman Khan’s looks change like a chameleon’s color. First, he dons long locks like a model from a shampoo ad, then short hair in the second half. And clean shaven in the climax.
Venkatesh as Balakrishna (Bhagya’s elder brother) is a well-created family man on screen. Satish Kaushik as Nadeem Chacha feels real. His acting skills stand out in the film. What works in casting is Pooja Hegde as Bhagya and Jagapathi Babu as Nageshwar. Palak Tiwari, Sehnaaz Gill and Vinali Bhatnagar are overwhelmingly underutilized.
Salman Khan returns to the big screen after quite a long time. His recent filmography includes Dabangg 3 (in 2019), Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai and Antim: The Final Truth (both in 2021). Out of these, Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan is fairly bearable in the other half. It is a mass-masala entertainer where you need to have very little knowledge of physics.
You can watch Kisi ka Bhai Kisi ki Jaan at a theater near you.