Akkineni Nagarjuna's much-talked-about Telugu movie Bhai has 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.
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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.
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 overnight.
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 damp squib.
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 disappointed.
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 Nagarjuna.
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 the mouth.
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 television.