Onto the next release of the weekend and I finished watching one of the three webseries to be released this weekend, Bloody Brothers on Zee5. One of those series who trailer I did not bother to watch simply because I was sold with the starcast. Starring Jaideep Ahlawat and Mohd. Zeeshan Ayyub, the series promised to be a cracker of a comedy with elements of a crime thriller. Is the series worth your time, stay tuned.
Story & Screenplay
An official adaptation of the BBC show Guilt, Bloody Brothers follows the story of two brothers who get accidently involved in a hit and run case. Will they be able to come out of it? The story is quirky with dollops of dark humour, something which I wasn’t quite expecting and something where I was pleasantly surprised. The screenplay begins on an exceptional note with the actual event taking place amidst doses of dark humour. The buffoonery is also entertaining to watch in this series which is taut standing at 6 episodes of roughly 35 minutes each. The sequences created are interesting and engrossing, in what initially seemed like a regular open and shut case. The issue arises in the second half of the series with the introduction of other characters. It is here that the drama gets murkier by the minute and a little garbled too. The humour goes missing and the drama gets serious. But the actual issue is that the drama considerably slows down. The case to note is Call My Agent : Bollywood which had the same team of writers. That show also fell steeply in the second half after a good start. Due to this the climax also does not really work as the tone of the drama changes. It is only some stellar performances which keep this ship afloat in the second half. Overall, a decent screenplay which could have been better with some sharper writing.
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues are quirky with elements of poetry thrown in which was good but slightly corny in parts too. The music is good and the BGM sinks in well with the drama. Director Shaad Ali does a good job in the first half of the series but falters in the latter half. This has been a trait for many of his other works too, his peak arrives towards the halfway mark before sinking in the second half. So really a mixed bag this!
The performances are smashing and save the day to a very large extent. Preshah Bharti as Manisha, Nipun Dharmadhikari as Ravi, Asrani as Samuel have their moments to shine. Maya Alagh as Sheila is conniving and does quite a good job. Mugdha Godse as Tanya looks pretty and does a pretty nice job. Satish Kaushik as Handa is in his elements. Indraneil Sengupta as Shekhar also manages to impress. Shruti Seth as Priya has a nice little conflict to her character and she conveys that quite effectively. Really wish to watch more of her going forward. Jitendra Joshi as Dushyant is exceptional and has his comic timing on point! Tina Desai as Sophie looks gorgeous and is such a natural onscreen. But the show belongs to the two Bloody Brothers who keep this ship afloat. Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub is a proven performer and as Daljeet he is wonderfully restrained. His character has a nice little arc which a seasoned actor like Zeeshan pulls off effectively. Jaideep Ahlawat as Jaggi has a towering persona and he literally commands your attention even when things are falling apart. Safe to say, the performances make this drama watchable.
Bloody Brothers is quirky but it is the brilliant performances that make the drama consistently watchable. Available on Zee5.