BRO TELUGU MOVIE REVIEW
Cast: Pawan Kalyan, Sai Dharam Tej, Rohini Molleti, Ketika Sharma, Priya Prakash Warrier
Writer-director Trivikram has always been fascinated with the concept of divinity. We can find overarching themes like God and humanity, in some capacity, spread throughout his filmography. Even in the mass-y, crowd-pleasing Bheemla Nayak (2022), the official adaptation of Ayyappanum Koshiyum (2020), he brought a sacred quality to his rebel, non-conformist protagonist, also played by Pawan Kalyan. The inclusion of a myth centred on ‘Kokkili Devera’ was, without a doubt, the best part of Bheemla Nayak.
Naturally, for Trivikram, who penned the adapted screenplay of Bro, the remake of Samuthirakani’s fantasy drama Vinodhaya Sitham (2021), this story is the stuff of his dreams, with themes like morality and mortality served on a dazzling, mouth-watering platter. And the film’s director Samuthirakani himself is vocal about the moral responsibility and social consciousness in his films. When these two forces come together, coupled with the power of a king-size star like Pawan Kalyan, we only expect the star power to give a thunderous boost to the film, not pull it back and settle for basic highs. This is where Bro falters. The makers had the opportunity and resources to create a missile but miss the mark by a mile and settle for flower pots and sparkles.
On the whole, Bro is a fantasy drama that relies heavily on the performance of Pawan Kalyan. The star actor’s mannerisms and style will go well with fans. Sai Dharam Tej does a neat job, and a few of his scenes with Pawan came out well. The first half has some moments going its way. But the way emotions and drama is handled is not great. A few bland scenes will bog down the impact. Bro will appeal to fans, but for others, it will end up being an okay watch. Hence it is suggested to keep your expectations in check.
After all, BRO has a good storyline, but the weak narrative does not let it becomes great. BRO makes a good watch for Pawan Kalyan’s fans but ‘time’ will tell how it fares at the box office