“Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan” narratively follows Bhaijaan and his three adopted brothers, funnily named Ishq, Moh, and Love. He chooses to stay unmarried because a relationship with a girl called Bhagya didn’t materialize into something more. Since Ishq, Moh, and Love want to marry their girlfriends, Sukoon, Muskaan, and Chahat, respectively, they find out about a girl named Bhagya (who is 20 years younger than Bhaijaan) in the hopes that the similarity in the names is going to woo Bhaijaan. And it works. That said, a gangster named Nageshwar is out to kill Bhagya because he hates her brother, Balakrishna. Since Bhaijaan is a gangster himself, he takes it upon himself to stop Nageshwar. There’s another villain called Mahavir who wants to take over the locality that Bhaijaan lives in, and he joins hands with Nageshwar to get Bhaijaan killed. Now, let’s talk about how the film wraps up this nonsensical plot and how the Farhad Samji-Salman Khan remake stands up to Siva and Ajith Kumar’s work in “Veeram.”
Major Spoilers Ahead
Is The End of ‘Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan’ About Gentrification?
Bhaijaan and Mahavir’s enmity is in Delhi. They don’t meet face-to-face, but Bhaijaan gives a strict warning to Mahavir’s henchman, Tyagi, and it seems like he exits the picture altogether. But, as mentioned before, when Bhaijaan goes to Hyderabad to talk to Bhagya’s brother regarding their marriage, Mahavir gets in touch with Nageshwar so that he can do his dirty work for him. Why would Nageshwar help Mahavir? Well, because Nageshwar hates Bhagya’s brother, Balakrishna. Why? Because Balakrishna exposed the drug smuggling business that Nageshwar was conducting via his father’s coffee business.
Nageshwar’s father couldn’t handle the embarrassment and died of a heart attack. And Nageshwar blames Balakrishna for that. Hence, he wants to kill Balakrishna and his family. Since Bhaijaan is due to wed Balakrishna’s sister, he’s on Nageshwar’s warpath. That’s why Mahavir asks Nageshwar to take him out, along with Balakrishna’s family. If Bhaijaan dies, then it’ll be easy for Mahavir to take over that colony of his.
When Bhaijaan learns about Nageshwar’s plans to kill Balakrishna’s family, he wants to retaliate. However, Balakrishna is a nonviolent man. That’s why he asks for Nageshwar’s forgiveness (something that Nageshwar also wants) and assumes that he and his family will be allowed to live peacefully. He’s wrong, though, because Nageshwar attacks his house anyway. Nobody in Balakrishna’s family dies because Bhaijaan whisks them away to Delhi before the attack happens.
How did Bhaijaan know about the attack? Well, maybe it was his sixth sense. Why am I answering logical questions here? This is a movie where Bhaijaan conjures fictional images in the minds of his enemies so that they are scared enough to not attack him. Anyway, after learning about Bhaijaan, Balakrishna, and the rest of their families’ whereabouts, Nageshwar contacts Mahavir and tells him to attack them in Delhi. However, Nageshwar shows up to attack Bhaijaan, Balakrishna, and the rest before Mahavir does. So, what was the point of telling Mahavir to do anything? Nevermind.
Nageshwar tries to kill everyone. Balakrishna reveals that he was a gangster all this time. He had just given up violence for Bhagya’s sake. So, Balakrishna and Bhaijaan team up and finish everyone on Nageshwar’s side. When Nageshwar tries to kill Balakrishna, Mahavir shows up and kills Nageshwar. Then, weirdly enough, Balakrishna stands on the sidelines and lets Bhaijaan fight Mahavir all on his own. Of course, Bhaijaan finishes off Mahavir while everyone else utters every imaginable synonym of the phrase “the end.”
Since “Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan” chooses Mahavir’s death as its concluding note, I want to sarcastically say that this “movie” wants to be about gentrification. We all know that Delhi is being converted into this homogenized, capitalistic place that’s devoid of any character or history. So, technically, it makes sense to comment on protecting a place that has some form of individuality and uniqueness instead of letting a money-grubbing goon turn it into a mall or something. But, in doing so, I’ll be praising Farhad Samji and his team of writers, even though they don’t deserve it.
By the way, in a post-credits scene, Bhaijaan sees someone looking at him from afar, and he sings the nursery rhyme “Row Row Row Your Boat.” It’s supposed to mean that Bhaijaan’s troubles are not going to end. Someone or something is going to try to kill him, and he’ll have to kill them back. Alternatively, since Bhaijaan constantly speaks that life is nothing but a dream,” and has a habit of visualizing fictional events, it’s entirely possible that the whole film takes place in Bhaijaan’s mind. I wish it would’ve stayed there instead of being screened in theaters.
What Are the Differences and Similarities Between The Two Films?
Surprisingly enough, “Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan” is a very faithful remake of “Veeram.” There are a few differences here and there. For example, Vinayagam has four brothers (and he “adopts” a fifth one), and Bhaijaan has three. As far as I could tell, Vinayagam’s brothers were related to him by blood, while Bhaijaan had rescued his brothers from a burning orphanage. It’s never clear what Bhaijaan does on a daily basis other than strutting around in his colony. Vinayagam’s business and his habit of doing “social service” are a little more fleshed out, which is why his enmity with Vanangamudi makes sense because both of them want to win the bid for transporting the maximum amount of goods.
In the first half of “Veeram,” Vinayagam clashes twice with Vanangamudi, thereby putting the fear of God in him. That’s why when Vanangamudi shows up in the second half to extort Koppu’s father, Nassar, Vinayagam doesn’t even have to lift a finger to force Vanangamudi into giving back the money to Nassar. “Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan” reserves the fight between Mahavir and Bhaijaan for the last act. The final fight of “Veeram” hinges on Vinayagam and Aadalarasu’s enmity because he has consistently prevented Aadalarasu from finishing off Nassar’s family.
As you might’ve noticed, Bhaijaan’s love interest has a brother, Balakrishna, who believes in nonviolence. Koppu has a father, Nassar, who hates violence. Nassar’s relationship with Aadalarasu is the same as Balakrishna’s relationship with Nageshwar. Nassar doesn’t exactly fall at Aadalarasu’s feet and asks him to put an end to this violence as Balakrishna does. He does request him to not kill Vinayagam in the final act. He even tells Vinayagam to leave his village and cancel the wedding with Koppu after finding out that he’s a gangster, which is something that Balakrishna never does. That said, Nassar doesn’t turn out to be some secret gangster-like Balakrishna.
By the way, I did berate “Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan” for going on and on about how Salman Khan is always going to romance 20 to 30-year-olds; that whole subplot is there in “Veeram.” So, shame on Siva, Ajith, Salman, and Farhad for that. As for Tamannaah Bhatia and Pooja Hegde’s characters, who have something to do with archaeology, Tamannaah at least gets to be around some ancient structures while Pooja carries a vase. “Veeram” takes place entirely in Tamil Nadu. Therefore, unlike “Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan,” there’s no weird cultural appropriation going on in “Veeram.” All in all, “Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan” stays true to “Veeram” while doing its own thing.
Which One Is Better?
To be really honest, both “Veeram” and “Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan” are equally bad in terms of stretching a thin plot into a “film” that’s over 2 hours long. The age gap in the love interest and the reasoning behind bringing the “heroes” into a feud are absurd. Both of the movies have their fair share of offensive and stereotypical jokes. “Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan” goes a step ahead and delves into cultural appropriation, thereby making it worse than “Veeram.”
What also makes “Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan” worse than “Veeram,” simply in terms of what it does visually, is that Farhad Samji doesn’t know how to direct a film, while Siva is at least competent. That’s why Siva is able to conjure some frames, with the help of cinematographer Vetri Palanisamy, that look amazing. A great example is the jail room conversation between Ajith Kumar and Atul Kulkarni. “Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan” doesn’t have a singular moment in which you can pause and say, “That looks cinematic.” I mean, it’s technically an advertisement for Pepsi and a bunch of other products. So, yes, “Veeram” is slightly better than “Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan” because of Siva’s directorial skills. However, I won’t recommend watching either of them. That said, we live in a somewhat free world. If you want to watch either of them or both of them, be our guest and let us all know what you think about them.