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Christian Brothers is a big budget film by Joshiy, starring multiple Malayalam superstars. Plot A wealthy retired captain of Indian Army, Palomattathu Varghese Mappila (Saikumar), has two sons - Christy (Mohanlal) and Joji (Dileep) - and two daughters. Christy is a renowned police informer working in Mumbai, and Joji is at Italy studying theology until he falls in love with Meenakshi ( Kavya Madhavan), the Kerala home minister's (Devan) daughter.
Christy also negotiates for high profile kidnappings. He is called upon to solve the kidnapping of Meenakshi, who he rescues and brings back safely. In an unusual turn of events, he is framed for killing the kidnapper and must now do all he can to prove his honesty and win over his father.
Analysis: When there's a multi-starrer like this one, it's easy to guess that it's made with an eye on the box office. Maybe that's not always the case, but it sure is with this, which doesn't leave the viewer very happy. The story, logic, and entertainment are all compromised. It's one of those movies you don't have to think over, and everything is laid out in a very uncomplicated way. They make the world seem like a tiny place, with everybody linked to somebody else in the movie, and running into them no matter where they are. It's either that, or they're shooting at somebody.
There's a lot of bullets traveling around, and there're very few one-on-one or many-on-one fist fights like the typical in South Indian films. The female leads aren't very important in the movie, and their stories are paper-thin. The noble part is that the movie manages to draw awareness to world issues like land-grabbing.
Star Performances: Suraj Venjarammoodu plays a very unnecessary role. Sarath Kumar, Suresh Gopi, and Dileep are good aides who make the best use of the little screen time they've been given. The highlight of the movie is, without a doubt, superstar Mohan Lal, who is at great ease with his character. Ranjan Abraham did the editing and is responsible for it being so long. Deepak Dev made the music for the movie, and the Sayya Ve song is the only one that leaves a mark. The others songs are all terrible, with earsplitting music. Joshi is the director, and Anil Nair did the cinematography. The screenplay is by the Siby Thomas Udayakrishna duo.
1. Mohan Lal is in exceptional form, as is his style. He keeps the movie watchable till the end.
2. Some of Malayalam's best actors are cast in the supporting roles.
What's not there?
1. Three hours is a long time; the movie should've had better editing to shorten it.
2. The script is a family feud that everybody has seen a million times.
Verdict: Three hours is a long time, but the movie pulls through. The presence of prominent stars combined with an average script makes the movie a good one-time watch.
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