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Bro Review: A good beginning with a rushed second half

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K. Ramya Sree

Cast: Pawan Kalyan, Sai Dharam Tej, Priya Prakash Varrier, Ketika Sharma, Brahmanandam, Raja Chembol, Rohini Molleti, Tanikella Bharani, Urvashi Rautela
Director: Samuthirakani
Producers: T. G. Vishwa Prasad, Vivek Kuchibotla
Music: Thaman S
Cinematographer: Sujith Vaassudev
Editor: Naveen Nooli

Plot
Markandeya aka Mark (played by Sai Dharam Tej) works in a corporate firm. He is always at work, struggling hard because he is the sole breadwinner of the house. Suddenly, Mark dies in a tragic accident, and meets Titan, aka The Time God (played by Pawan Kalyan). He requests the Time God to grant him time to go back to life and complete the unfinished tasks in life, including spending some quality time with his girlfriend Ramya (played by Ketika Sharma), whom he used to ignore owing to his busy work life. The Time God grants him a 90-day life. What the duo (Mark and Titan) do in these 90 days is the remaining story.

Performances
The craze Pawan Kalyan carries inside and outside the Tollywood industry needs no mention. The entire narrative in this film is driven by Pawan Kalyan. He is performing at his highest level to date. In the movie, Pawan Kalyan’s charisma, line delivery, and on-screen presence are just fantastic.

Sai Tej, on the other hand, will make the audience feel his difficulty when he delivers a few phrases, particularly in the emotional parts, as he is still recovering from his health concerns. In contrast, each time he is with his mother, there is a spark.

The pairing of Brahmanandam and Pawan Kalyan deserves special mention, as it was a treat to watch the duo together on screen.

Ketika Sharma only has a small amount of screen time, but she still gives the performance the screenplay calls for. There is hardly any of Priya Prakash Varrier in the movie that is noticeable. Ali Reza, Vennela Kishore, Tanikella Bharani, and Rohini were all excellent in their roles.

Analysis
The biggest star of the film is Pawan Kalyan and his performance. Director Samuthirakani made full use of the actor’s stardom to enhance the overall narrative.

Moreover, the mama-alludu combination on screen was a delight to watch as they share a natural chemistry and bond that is clearly reflected on screen. The director gets brownie points for balancing both Pawan and Sai Tej on screen.

There are many moments which will give a high in the movie.

On the technical side, there was something more expected from Trivikram and his writing. It was completely satisfying, especially when a combination like this is doing a film.

The cinematography and editing were crisp, however, the screenplay feels rushed, especially in the second half, forcing the audience to be more attentive. The songs were a turnoff for us, while BGM was good.

The original film was high on emotions, and here in the Telugu version, the emotional angle didn’t work very well with us and even the message that is ought to be delivered, lost the track by the end, while focusing more on elevating the stars in the movie.

Conclusion
A good first half, Pawan’s performance, and the storyline make the film entertaining, while the second half might disappoint you. Overall, watch the movie without any expectations, and you will enjoy it.

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