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Times of India
Story: Gopi(Ganesh Acharya) is a care-free, oversized young guy who lives with his grandfather(Prem Chopra). He suddenly discovers that his parents had separated following a spat right after his birth and he has a twin brother who lives in Mumbai with their mother. From size to personality, nothing matches between him and his brother Shiv(Maninder Singh), who is a cop. Situations play out such that Gopi becomes Shiv's only way to reach out to the land mafia lord Baba (Hanif Hilal). Do the brothers get reunited?
Review: It' s almost brutal to put one through the trauma of watching this film. At best, Hey Bro can be called a mind numbing experience. Anyone who has seen it cannot be more subtle in putting across this lingering feeling. Dragging despicable laughs for its formidable length of nearly two hours, this film is exhausting.
A twisted version of Bollywooda s successful twin formula, the prime problem with this film is that despite drawing from a curious idea, it eventually remains tangled in the expected clap-traps and predictable laughs. Fitting in far too many fat jokes, the comic chops of Acharya can appease only those who can fall for broad humour.
In terms of commercial expectations, the film fails in both comedy and dance. The latter element especially should be the highlight of a Ganesh Acharya film but none of the dance pieces stand out.
The film is strictly mediocre and submits you to the staple drama-action formula. The actors make no attempt to bail you out of this tragedy. Though Acharya, Hilal and Singh atleast try, Nupur Sharmaa s inexperience shows visibly in her performance.
It is director Ajay Chandhoka s premise that saves the film from tripping over into the so-bad-that-it-is-good zone. Probably it had an interesting idea but the lack of sharp writing teamed with underwhelming performances, restricts it to being shoddy.
Never soaring above being an outlandish vanity project for Acharya, it offers nothing more than a few lame laughs and garishly set-up songs. It won't be the worst thing to miss it.
ऐसा लगता है जाने-माने कोरियॉग्राफर गणेश आचार्या को कैमरा फेस करने का कुछ ऐसा जुनून है कि अक्सर किसी गाने में खुद भी डांस करते नजर आ जाते हैं। वैसे इससे पहले बतौर डायरेक्टर गणेश फिल्म स्वामी बना चुके हैं जो स्क्रीन पर टोटली फ्लॉप साबित हुई, लेकिन डांस पर बनी फिल्म 'एबीसीडी' में प्रभुदेवा के साथ उनकी ऐक्टिंग को उनके फैंस ने जरूर सराहा। शायद फैंस से मिली इसी प्रशंसा का असर रहा कि इस बार उन्होंने अपनी फिल्म में खुद के लिए एक अहम किरदार चुना। अफसोस, गणेश ने उस सब्जेक्ट पर फिल्म बनाई जिस पर इससे पहले दर्जनों फिल्में बन चुकी हैं। अगर उन फिल्मों से इस फिल्म की तुलना की जाए तो गणेश की यह फिल्म पिछली फिल्मों के मुकाबले काफी कमजोर है। बतौर डायरेक्टर अजय चंडोक इस फिल्म से पहले 5-6 फिल्में बना चुके हैं। उनकी पिछली फिल्मों ने दर्शकों को निराश किया है, अब कुछ यही हाल 'हे ब्रो' का भी फिल्म है। इस फिल्म को देखने के बाद ताज्जुब होता है कि बतौर प्रडयूसर गणेश को इस कहानी में ऐसा क्या नजर आया कि उन्होंने इस कहानी पर अपने दमखम पर फिल्म बनाने का फैसला किया।
'कहानी : गोपी (गणेश आचार्या) राजस्थान के एक छोटे गांव में अपने दादाजी (प्रेम चोपड़ा) के साथ रहता है। एक दिन दादाजी गोपी को बताते हैं कि उसका एक और जुड़वा भाई भी है, जो गोपी के मां-बाप के बीच हुए तलाक के बाद अपनी मां के साथ मुंबई चला गया था। यही वजह है, गोपी ने अपने जुड़वा भाई का कभी चेहरा तक नहीं देखा था, इसके बावजूद गोपी मुंबई जाकर अपनी मां और भाई की तलाश में लग जाता है। गोपी के पास अपने भाई की तस्वीर तक नहीं है, ऐसे में गोपी यही समझता है कि उसके जुडवा भाई की शक्ल भी उसकी शक्ल जैसी होगी। यही वजह है कि गोपी हर जगह अपनी ही तस्वीर लेकर सभी से अपने भाई के बारे में पूछता फिरता रहता है, उसे यहीं लगता है सभी जुड़वां लोगों की शक्लें एक जैसी होती हैं। मुंबई में एक दिन गोपी की मुलाकात इंस्पेक्टर शिव (मनिंदर सिंह) से होती है। अक्सर शिव और गोपी की किसी न किसी बात को लेकर झड़प भी हो जाती है। यहीं गोपी का सामना माफिया गैंग के हेड बाबा (हनीफ हिलाल) से भी होता है।
ऐक्टिंग : गणेश आचार्य और मनिदंर सिंह के बीच की केमिस्ट्री कुछ सीन्स में देखते ही बनती है। दादा जी के रोल में प्रेम चोपड़ा खूब जमे हैं। बाकी बचे कलाकारों ने बस किसी तरह से कैमरे के सामने अपने किरदार को निभा भर दिया।
डायरेक्शन : बतौर निर्देशक अजय किसी भी फील्ड में प्रभावित नहीं कर पाते, न तो उनकी कहानी ओर न ही किरदारों पर कोई पकड़ है। दो घंटे से कम अवधि की फिल्म में भी आप बोरियत महसूस करें तो इस डायरेक्टर की नाकामी ही कहा जाएगा।
क्यों देंखे : पूरी फिल्म में अमिताभ बच्चन, रणवीर सिंह, रितिक रौशन, अक्षय कुमार, अजय देवगन, प्रभु देवा पर फिल्माया गाना बिरजू ऐसा सुखद क्षण है, जिसे आप इंजॉय करते हैं। अपने कई पसंदीदा स्टार्स को एक साथ थिरकता देखना चाहते हैं तो इस फिल्म को देखने जाएं वर्ना हम तो यही कहेंगे टीवी पर किसी पसंदीदा कार्यक्रम देखकर टिकट के पैसे बचाइए और फैमिली के साथ इंजॉय करें।
Move on, bro
There are star-launch vehicles, and then there are goodwill vehicles. Director Ajay Chandhok, who perpetrated the awful Chatur Singh Two Star on us, is back with Hey Bro-a film that seems to be the direct result of his decade-long apprenticeship on '90s Govinda movies. This is not to say Ganesh Acharya, ace choreographer of every second film since 1989, has no role in channeling every ounce of goodwill/cameos into the film.
I wish it had resulted in something substantial, instead of yet another typically kitschy homage to a formula I'm quite sick of. Telling our filmmakers to move on from the bastardization of '90s masala is a task, steeper than convincing a cricket fan to move on from Sachin Tendulkar.
The rotund dance-master has always possessed an infectious energy; a kinetic presence I had first witnessed when he shook a leg with Koena Mitra in Road's Khullam Khulla. If only Mr. Chandhok had bothered to cultivate Acharya's music-video zest into the done-todeath 'twins reunite' melodrama. Instead, what we get is Andaaz Apna Apna sidekicks, leopard-printed heels, ping-pong sound effects, classic dialogues 'remixed' as rap songs, and skimpy numbers that rhyme 'rude' with 'dude' and 'mood'.
There's also a legs-and-cleavage girl (Sharma) who insists on arresting the male gaze to have males arrested by Inspector Shiv (Maninder; tries)-Gopi's (Acharya) long-lost Mumbaiya twin.
A villain (Hilal) executes seriously difficult dance moves in BDSM costumes. Acharya even directs a song that generously objectifies voluptuous ladies as items too, with lyrics that advise the mud-bodied heroine to bulk up.
Admirable, but there is a fine line between celebrating plus size and making an obscene spectacle of it. I should have known when I spotted a tiny naked insect on the lens during the track-in opening shot.
The film was put on the backburner due to the lack of correct casting.
Maninder was the natural choice because he had worked with Ganesh on Swami as well.
The superstars were brought on board by Ganesh and it is his rapport with them that worked.
Choreographer Ganesh Acharya has gained around 30 to 40 kg for the film.
Ganesh's wife Vidhi has turned producer for the first time with this movie.
Gopi's unnatural weight was not validated.
It seems that Gopi's mother did not know of her husband's death but their the photo of him in their home already had a garland on it.
Hey Bro is the story of Gopi (Ganesh Acharya), an oversized chap who lives with his grandfather in Jaipur, Rajasthan. His life takes an unexpected turn when he discovers that he has a twin, who lives with their mother in Mumbai. Gopi takes a trip to Mumbai. On his way at the airport, his cellphone blasts in the bag and police thinks he is a terrorist. Failing to take a train or a flight, he commences a bus journey to Mumbai.
For breaking traffic rules, he gets arrested by a strict cop Shiv (Maninder). He gets locked up at the local station with two goons from the group of land mafia Baba (Hanif Hilal). Shiv had put a lot at stake and those two were his only cue to get to the Don. The goons realize that Gopi is innocent and uses him to flee the jail. When they reach Baba, he isn't happy to see Gopi there. Baba realizes that Shiv can use Gopi to get to him and decrees him to be killed. But Gopi bashes his goons and flees from there.
Gopi goes to a restaurant for dinner and calls Shiv to pay his bill. When Shiv comes, he arrests Gopi and takes him back to the lockup. One day Shiv's mother comes to the police station. She and Gopi get talking and she realizes Gopi is her estranged son and Shiv's twin. She tries to explain this to Shiv and the two have an argument. In the heated exchange, his mother slaps Shiv. Shiv forces her to tell the truth and learns of Gopi's reality.
Shiv gets Gopi home but only on the condition that he shouldn't find out about their relationship with each other. Gopi was the only one who could have got Shiv to Baba. His mother keeps her promise and Shiv gets Gopi home.
Despite trying a lot Shiv cannot get Gopi to remember about Baba's whereabouts. In the meantime, Shiv develops feeling for a girl but is scared to tell her of it since he isn't very overtly romantic.
In an attempt to get Shiv and that girl closer, Gopi takes Shiv to meet her at a disc. Shiv sees the goons there and both he and Gopi engage in a scuffle with the goons leaving one of them dead by Gopi.
Baba sends his men to Shiv's home to avenge the incident and in a massive firing Gopi is hurt. Just as he faints from his wounds, he hears from his mother the truth. Gopi is rushed to the hospital and the family have a heart wrenching reunion.
In the meantime, Gopi's grandfather reaches out to Baba on the number from which Gopi had once called him. Baba gets him kidnapped but luckily His granddad had called Shiv too looking for Gopi. Though abducted, Shiv and Gopi find him. After an intense fight sequence, the family is reunited and the police arrests Baba.
Choreographer Ganesh Acharyaa s film Hey Bro fell flat on the box office.
According to Boxofficeindia.com, Hey Bro made around Rs 25 lakhs on the day of its release.
Directed by Ajay Chandhok, Hey Bro boasts of the much talked about number 'Birju...' which featured all - from Amitabh Bachchan to Ranveer Singh to Hrithik Roshan.