Movie: Christian Brothers
Mohanlal, Suresh Gopi, Dileep, Sharath Kumar, Kavya Madhavan, Lakshmi Rai
Many stars, poor show
True, too many cooks spoil the broth. Despite having the luxury of actors like Mohanlal, Suresh Gopi, Dileep and Sharath Kumar together in the same movie, Christian Brothers turns out to be a disappointment. A mixture of murder, politics and romance, the first half of the movie is devoted to narrate the heroics of the stars. The film moves through the tracks of family, crime and comedy; ends with ‘funny’ gun shots, leaving the viewers ‘bleed’ for expecting something exceptional from Joshiy, a director with an enviable track record.
Christian Brothers is the story of retired Army officer Palomattathu Varghese Mappila (Saikumar) and his sons Christy (Mohanlal) and Joby (Dileep). Contrary to his dreams, dealing with underworld, Christy becomes a highly paid informer in Mumbai, while Joby, who was sent abroad to study Theology, falls in love with Home Minister’s daughter (Kavya Madhavan), and eventually takes the gun to settle scores with his sister’s murderer. Joseph Vadakkan(Suresh Gopi), a strong-willed police officer, also joins the bandwagon. Sarath Kumar with his unique gestures adds vigour to the star-studded show. Kavya Madhavan, who comes opposite to Dileep, and Lakshmi Rai, lover of Mohanlal help bind the many subplots and as custom suggests, shake a leg in song sequences. The pretty sisters of the Christian brothers, Kaniha and Lakshmi Gopalaswamy make their presence felt.
Uday Krishnan and Sibi K Thomas have failed to flesh the outline of this multi-character plot out into a convincing screenplay. Some scenes in the first half should have been trimmed to ensure a fast-paced narrative. The film, which is heavily depending on the star power, is average entertainment at best.