Release Date: 21st April, 2023
Cast: Salman Khan, Pooja Hegde, Venkatesh Daggubati
Writer: Sajid Nadiadwala
Director: Farhad Samji
Producer/s: Salman Khan
Star cast: Salman Khan, Pooja Hegde, Venkatesh, Satish Kaushik, Jagapathi Babu, Raghav Juyal, Siddharth Nigam, Jassie Gill, Shehnaaz Gill, Vijender Singh, Palak Tiwari, Vinali Bhatnagar, Abhimanyu Singh & others
Director: Farhad Samji
Producers: Salma Khan
Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan Box Office Review: Pre-Release Buzz & Impression
Salman Khan making a big screen comeback as a main hero and that too on Eid – yes, that’s enough to create a buzz among true blue Bollywood lovers. Initially, KKBKKJ did find itself in the negative limelight, be it due to Sajid Nadiadwala reportedly backing out of the film as a producer or Farhad Samji taking the responsibility of direction. However, things started inclining in the favour when the songs started coming out. On the one side, Naiyo Lagda song became one of the most Bollywood trolled songs in recent times over Salman’s moves, while on the other side, it also emerged as a chartbuster on streaming platforms. The trailer further elevated the talk around the film.
After the online promotional content did its job, Salman Khan and the team carried out decent on-ground promotions, thus pushing the awareness bar among the neutral audience. As a result, KKBKKJ secured a position from where a good box office earner was definitely on the cards.
Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan Box Office Review: Initial Start, Positives & Negatives
In the post-pandemic era, where many big stars are struggling to get a decent chunk of the audience to theatres, Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan has made it clear that Salman Khan is here to stay. Not a huge Eid special but the film has definitely taken a decent start all across the country. The response is expected to get better as the day progresses. Speaking about my own experience, in a show as early as 8 am, there were around 15-17 people, which is good enough for a film with a huge show count. Of course, it’s not up to the standards of Salman Khan’s previous Eid releases but still, it gives a film a chance to prepare itself ahead of the Eid holiday tomorrow.
Speaking about the positives, Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan is simply one of the widest Bollywood releases ever in recent times with a show count of over 16,000+ per day and a screen count of 4500+ in India. This means that the film doesn’t need too many houseful boards to bring in a strong collection and even a decent occupancy will do the job. Starting tomorrow, the Eid celebrations will continue till Monday, which gives KKBKKJ a solid space to rake in as much as possible at the box office. Also, there’s no competition for this family entertainer; even in the coming days, no big films are releasing.
Now coming to the negatives, Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan is receiving mixed reviews and we have seen how the content needs to be really good in the post-pandemic era. It is more of a star-driven film and not depends much on content. So, the film is expected to show huge drops after the opening weekend (or after Monday, if Eid celebrations are considered). It will not enjoy a universal appeal and will mostly work in the mass centres. Another weak point is the strategy of popular pricing instead of blockbuster pricing. Yes, normal ticket rates will attract more footfalls but blockbuster pricing makes a considerable difference at the box office.
Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan Box Office Review: Final Verdict
On the whole, KKBKKJ has its share of shortcomings but it’s the combination of Salman Khan and Eid celebrations, which will compensate for those shortcomings at ticket windows. It’s a usual ‘critic proof’ outing from the superstar where even if you throw ‘1’ or ‘2’ star ratings at his film, he’ll deliver another 100 crore film in return. Yes, this family entertainer will turn out to be another 100 crore club entrant for Salman as the film is expected to do business of 120-140 crores at the Indian box office.
Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan Movie Review Rating:
Star Cast: Salman Khan, Pooja Hegde, Shehnaaz Gill, Raghav Juyal, Jassie Gill, Palak Tiwari, Siddharth Nigam, Jagapathi Babu, Venkatesh, Vijender Singh
Director: Farhad Samji
What’s Good: It deserves the low advance booking it’s been getting so far!
What’s Bad: You just can’t sh*t and expect people to feast upon it in the disguise of doing ‘masala films’
Loo Break: Every song! This means every alternate scene because there are songs more than the occupancy it has been getting in many theatres
Watch or Not?: Even if you’ve nothing to do, do nothing because that’s comparatively more productive
Available On: Theatrical Release
Runtime: 162 Minutes
Bhaijaan (Salman Khan) is the most eligible bachelor of his ‘mohalla’, which he is trying to save from some Mafia politicians trying to vacate the area for reasons beneficial to them. But you know you just can’t do gundagardi in Bhai’s area because of uss area ka gunda bhai hai.
Bhaijaan has three worthless brothers born on the earth only to chant Bhai-Jan. Why so? It might be because they’re cast in the film purely based on doing so in real life. They’re in love, so they decide for Bhai to ship with a Bhabhi and enters Bhagya (Pooja Hegde). Bhagya starts by hesitating to call ‘Bhaijaan’ Bhaijaan for apparent reasons and goes on to talk about how she wants to touch his feet for being the great human he has been.
Bhagya wants a non-violent person for herself & how Bhaijaan won’t listen to her continue to be the human-beating monster and still wins her heart is what the film is all about.
Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan Movie Review: Script Analysis
This is Veeram’s remake which was written by Siva in 2014; Farhad Samji, Sparsh Khetarpal & Tasha Bhambra have penned the screenplay to differentiate it from the original. Salman Khan’s concluding words as Bhaijaan in the film “Done to death” exactly replicate the thoughts of every cinema fan about his performance. The story takes you back to the early 2010s only to make you realise how much you’ve developed since then.
The screenplay is aligned & adjusted to celebrate Bhai’s super-stardom by making him do things he has done many times. In an action sequence, one of Salman Khan’s brother jumps on a Metro train by breaking its glass window, and in the immediate next scene, every window is broken. I’m not trying to find logic, but you can’t make it so glaring while making an actioner for a star like Salman Khan.
Farhad Samji makes the crowd in the film to call/inspire Salman Khan by whistling at him, and I think it’s only because he knew the star wouldn’t be getting any seetis from the real-life audience. He also makes Bhaijaan end many dialogues rhyming with Vande Mataram, taking jingoism to another level. He makes random girls drool over Salman Khan while he’s walking with the lead actress Pooja Hegde on the road. He makes Salman agree to do a scene in which he makes fun of Bhaijaan’s single-expression acting, an irony and a hidden joke many won’t get (Salman didn’t). Farhad Samji is the gift that would never stop giving. He makes Salman Khan grab the stick beating the Turkish ice cream trick.
Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan Movie Review: Star Performance
Salman Khan continues to waste his stardom and talent by teaming up with people he should be keeping friendships with outside the business. He continues to maintain his larger-than-life image without really letting the script accommodate it. He’s not the Salman Khan the audience wants to see; he’s the Salman Khan he thinks the audience wants to see.
Pooja Hegde grabs yet another role that doesn’t justify the talent she wants to display. She plays a casual girl made to fall in love with the film’s lead actor, and that’s it; that’s her world. Again, looks good and acts good but doesn’t act enough or up to the mark owing to her lousy character sketch.
Shehnaaz Gill, Raghav Juyal, Jassie Gill, Palak Tiwari & Siddharth Nigam are as good as any other supporting character in a Salman Khan film, good for nothing. Jagapathi Babu’s cameo doesn’t add any depth to the already haywire story. Venkatesh is good and is the only character written with some thoughts in mind.