Akkineni Nagarjuna's much-talked-about Telugu movie
soared up the viewers' expectations to the sky high prior its
release. But the Veerabhadram-directed movie, which has
hit the screens on October 25, has garnered negative reviews from
film critics across the globe. The critics feel that instead of
focusing on good story and screenplay, the director has given more
importance to Nagarjuna's heroism.
Click here to read Oneindia critics' review
Bhai is a romantic action movie, and besides direction, Veerabhadram, who has done hit comedy entertainers like Aha Naa Pellanta and Poola Rangadu in past, has also penned story, screenplay and dialogues for the movie. The story deals with the main henchman of international who comes to Hyderabad on a mission to kill an undercover cop who is none other than his younger brother. How, he rescues his brother from the don's gang will form the crux of the story.
The film critics have lauded Nagarjuna's performance,
Veerabhadram's dialogues, Richa's glamour, Devi Sri Prasad's music,
Sameer Reddy's picturisation, Brahmanandam's comedy and few other
technical elements. But what upset them the most in the movie
Bhai are tried-and-tested story, week screenplay, dragging
narration and a few mindless scenes.
We bring you the film critics' verdict on Bhai. Continue to read various critics' final verdict in the slideshow.
Oneindia - Rating: 2.5
Bhai is a good popcorn entertainer, and the concoction
of commercial elements make it a mass film, which everybody would
love to watch. It is must watch film for the fans of Nagarjuna, who
is coming back to mass format after long time.
The Hindu - Sangeetha Devi Dundoo
Unfortunately, Bhai is an ordeal to sit through unless
you're interested in punch lines. Sample a few: 'He is the King, he
takes decisions without discussions'; 'Bhai tho pettukunte chaavu
ki tatkal ticket book chesinatte'; 'Mafia ki grammar techindi nene,
nerpindi nene'; 'Mafia ane magazine ki Bhai cover story
lantivaadu'. The last two perhaps refer to the trend Nagarjuna set
with Shiva. We wouldn't know. But by the time the film ends, you'd
be least interested in knowing it too. We just hope we get to see
Nagarjuna in better and more deserving films.
Deccan Chronicle - Sandeep Atreysa's Rating: 2
The film is a one-time watch for families who have not been to
the cinemas much of late. For regular movie-goers though,
Bhai is just another passable film.
IndiaGlitz - Rating: 2
Bhai is neither a hyper-emotional Lawrence swashbukler
nor an ultra-stylish Meher Ramesh hunk, although he comes across as
a bit of both at regular intervals. He is an accidental don, who is
malleable enough to turn into a sentimental Dasarath youngster
Gulte - Rating: 2
The director has concentrated more on unnecessary stuff like
punch dialogues and hero elevation scenes. Those scenes and
dialogues are not good too. Hence, the film ended up as a horrible
affair that will test anyone. Nagarjuna fans and masses also will
be disappointed with this.
123Telugu - Mahesh S Koneru's Rating: 2.25
Bhai came in with good expectations, riding on the back
of a nice audio album from DSP. But the film fails to entertain.
Poor screenplay, bad writing and terrible editing spoil the overall
viewing experience. Bhai is a disappointment and it ends up as a
AP Herald - Rating: .50
Nagarjuna's Bhai has absolutely nothing to offer to
movie lovers. But if at all, fans are expecting for an Diwali
bonanza, I am sure this is going to make them pretty
Tupaki - Rating: 1.75
Bhai will make fans happy as they are able to see their
hero on silver screen, but collections will go for a toss after
first weekend. Bhai, tasteless Chai!!!
MaaStars - Rating: 4
Bhai is a feast for Akkineni fans and fun for common
audience. Nagarjuna's charismatic presence, Richa's glamour,
Devisri Prasad's music and Sameer Reddy's cinematography makes Bhai
worth a watch. Bhai has every chance to stand as one of the
commercial hits in Nagarjuna's career.
Cinejosh - Rating: 2.5
Bhai is Old and Dull Narrative for Sleek and Slick
ManaTeluguMovies - Rating: 2.75
Forced commercial elements distracts you away from main story...
On the whole, Bhai is a below average fare!!!
Andrawishesh - Rating: 1
If you are a fan of Nagarjuna and want to see him on the screen
better go to one of his old movies instead of watching Bhai and
repent for it. If you want to watch a good movie during the
weekend, Bhai is certain to disappoint you. If you don't watch it,
you will not miss anything but rather be saved from a bad taste in
FilmCircle - Rating: 1.5
Bhai is a silly and senseless entertainer which fails
to impress audience from all sections and centers. Ironically, a
character in the film says - A, B, C centers anne Bhai ve.
Devisri's music cannot save the film. Bhai has no chance
to do well at the box-office. Nagarjuna will have to wait for some
more time for a commercial hit. Forget about watching Bhai
in theaters, you may skip it even when it comes on