Bhaiya Ji (2024) Movie review

Bhaiya Ji (2024) Movie review: Manoj Bajpayee is one of those actors who has strengthened independent cinema in Bollywood. In the 100th film of his career ‘Bhaiya Ji’, he has come to the audience in an action avatar different from his image. This story of revenge, set in the soil of Bihar, has been made as a single screen action entertainer, in which there are some strong Desi action scenes, but the weak screenplay has faded the charm of ‘Bhaiya Ji’.

Story of ‘Bhaiya Ji’

The story of the film ‘Bhaiya Ji’ begins in Bihar. The name of Ram Charan Dubey, the son of a school master, is Bhaiya Ji. Bhaiya Ji is about to get married. The people present there also make fun of the marriage happening in middle age. Then a song like ‘Main Aayi Hoon UP Bihar Lootne’ comes. In the middle of the song, Bhaiya Ji keeps talking on the phone to his brother studying in Delhi and in the meantime the contact gets lost.

The next day a call comes from Kamala Nagar police station in Delhi. Bhaiya Ji reaches Delhi with his two generals. By the time Bhaiyaji reaches his brother, Chhote’s body has turned to ashes in the crematorium. It is revealed that his brother did not die in an accident but was murdered. The villain of the story is a Haryanvi.

Bhaiya Ji (2024) Movie review:

The production designer has to understand that the audience has already recognized Lucknow so much on the screen that you cannot settle everything from Bihar to Delhi there. The way Delhi Railway Station is shown in an important scene of the film, it looks completely fake. There should have been nuances in the editing of the film so that the first half could be tightened.

The film’s director Apoorv Singh Karki had garnered a lot of praise for his realistic debut film ‘Sirf Ek Banda Kaafi Hai’. This time he has made a masala film with a larger than life hero, completely different from that film. But, there is neither novelty in the story, nor sharpness in the treatment. Rather, the film treatment and slow motion action remind you of superhit films like ‘Pushpa’ and ‘KGF’. Due to the weak story and dull screenplay, ‘Bhaiya Ji’ is unable to create the charm of Pushparaj or Rocky Bhai on the screen.

There are only two emotions in this film – sadness and anger. Due to this also, this film does not become a complete entertainer. The dialogues are also not such that you can whistle. Yes, some desi style action scenes of Manoj Bajpayee can definitely get applause on single screens. A major weakness of the film is the average production design.

If we talk about the strong side of the film ‘Bhaiya Ji’, then it is Bhaiya Ji himself i.e. Manoj Bajpayee. Despite his normal stature, he fits in the strong character of Bhaiya Ji. However, as much as his Bhaukaal is discussed in the film, it does not look like that on the screen. Maithili (Zoya Hussain), who supports him at every step, has done sharp action. Zoya impresses despite the limited role.

At the same time, the character of Suvinder Vicky, who has proved his acting ability in the web series ‘Kohra’, has not been developed properly. Apart from establishing cruelty in a scene, it is not known who his character Chandrabhan is, what he does. Topaz and sapphire keep changing places in his fingers, so this can definitely be considered a new experiment in this film. Sometimes seen in dhoti and sometimes in jacket and pants, Bhaiya Ji’s getup is like a mismatched cocktail of Rajinikanth and Amitabh Bachchan of the Angry Young Man era.

The film ‘Bhaiya Ji’ is a great example of how much damage a director’s bowing down to the hero of the film can cause to the film. If his previous film ‘Sirf Ek Banda Kaafi Hai’ is a classic, then his new film ‘Bhaiya Ji’ will soon be lost in the dust of time. Suvinder Vicky and Jatin Goswami look like villains of B grade films throughout the film. It is doubtful who will play which character.

The film ‘Bhaiya Ji’ is Manoj Bajpayee’s biggest release till date. This film has been made keeping in mind the taste of small town audiences who watch South Indian films dubbed in Hindi. Manoj Bajpayee is also expecting support from Bhojpuri audiences in this film. But, all these audiences put together are not in such numbers that they can make an average Hindi film a hit. Manoj Bajpayee’s own acting is also like these clich├ęd characters.

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