|Written by||Udayakrishna-Siby K. Thomas|
|Produced by||A. V. Anoop|
|Edited by||Ranjan Abraham|
Varnachithra Big Screen
|Distributed by||AVA Productions|
Christian Brothers is a 2011 Indian Malayalam language action thriller film directed by Joshiy and written by Udayakrishna and Siby K. Thomas. The film stars Mohanlal, Suresh Gopi, Dileep and Sarath Kumar. The film features musical score composed by Rajamani and songs by Deepak Dev.
Christian Brothers was released worldwide on 18 March 2011 and had the largest release for a Malayalam language film at that time. The voices for Raai Laxmi, Lakshmi Gopalaswami, and Kaniha was dubbed by Vimmy Mariam George, and Sreeja Ravi dubbed for Kavya Madhavan.
Palamattathu Varghese Mappila is a wealthy Nasrani and a retired Captain from the Indian Army. He is a widower and has four children Christy, Joji, Jessy and Stella. Varghese Mappila is entrusted with an important and old document pertaining to the transfer of a vast amount of land - which was once granted to the Christian Missionaries by the King of a Royal House - by his younger brother Kochu Thoma, a Village Officer. Kunnel Kumaran Thampy, a wealthy crime boss, in order to usurp the land for the construction of a resort kills Kochu Thoma for his incorruptible obstinacy and goes in search for the documents - and orders to dump his body in a quagmire.
While Varghese was serving in the Army, his children were taken care by Thoma, a bachelor - burying the absence of motherly affection and care. Christy is currently working as high-profile underworld don and hostage negotiator in Mumbai. His brother Joji went to Italy to study theology, but later opts out of it after he falls in love with Meenakshi, daughter of the State Home Minister, Sudhakaran. Meanwhile, Varghese lodges a man missing petition with the Police regarding the prolonged disappearance of his brother.
A few years ago, Christy came to Mumbai as he was transferred by the Bank he worked in to its branch as senior manager in Mumbai. He decided to spend some time with his sister Jessy and her husband George Kutty who were also in Mumbai at the time. Unbeknownst to them George Kutty was involved in illegal activities such as Sex Racket and other criminal activities. Christy happens to run into a cat and goose chase when George Kutty was targeted by Karim Lala's men. Christy accidentally took the gun from George Kutty, with which he killed one of the goons during the fight. Christy was imprisoned as the gun carried his fingerprints and George Kutty murders Jessy, when she threatens the former that she will inform Varghese Mappila everything. George Kutty misleads the entire family into believing that Christy was the reason for Jessy's death. Since then, Mappila disowns Christy.
Set in the present, Meenakshi while returning to India is being kidnapped and the case is assigned to Christy since he is experienced in handling it. Christy finds that it is George Kutty who has kidnapped Meenakshi and rescues her. The next day, the police finds that George Kutty is dead. Police arrest Christy for the crime through the assistance of IPS officer Joseph Vadakkan who is handling the case. Joseph Vadakken marries Christy's sister Stella with Christy attending the marriage in secret. Christy along with his brother-in-law Joseph Vadakkan helped his brother Joji marry Meenakshi.Later Joseph tells Varghese that Christy was innocent and that Georgekutty was a hardcore criminal and that Christy was not the person responsible for the murder of Jessy. They all return home and Christy reconciles with his father and the father-son bon is revived again. Christy's friend Karim Lala alias Andrews, who was waiting to meet George Kutty (Andrews released Christy earlier when he jailed in Mumbai) assists him in escaping from the jail. It is later revealed that Christy had not killed George Kutty but it was Joji who had done the crime. Joji learnt that George Kutty had killed his sister Jessy and forced her into prostitution. Joji could not tolerate it and in vengeance killed George Kutty.
At this time at Palamattathu House, Kunnel Kumaran Thampy, his sons and goons barges and steals the property deed from Varghese's locker and hurriedly leaves after fatally injuring Varghese - through a bullet injury. During the chaos, Thampy reveals the fate of Kochu Thoma - which is later told to Christy by a terribly wounded Varghese. At the hospital, the doctors administer ventilator support to Varghese, as his condition is critical. Christy - decides to avenge his father's plight and the murder of his loving Uncle - along with his "brothers" Joseph Vadakkan, Joji and Andrews goes after Kunnel Kumaran Thampy and kills him and his sons.
The film was announced as a big budget film but the Kerala Film Producers Association had set a norm that no Malayalam film should have a budget of more than ₹3.5 crore. The association refused to give a clearance for the film's shoot. The producers stated that given the star-cast and the subject of the film, it is not possible to make it at a lesser budget. Following the interests from stars, exhibitors and theatre-owners, the film was given a clearance despite its budget, which was many times the restriction set by the association.
Tamil actor Arjun Sarja registered a complaint with Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes (AMMA) about using his name and photographs in connection with the film without his consent or knowledge. Arjun commented that no one has approached him to act in Christian Brothers and all this has happened without his consent or knowledge. However, the issue was resolved when there came an official clarification that Arjun will not be a part of the film.
In February 2010, it was reported that the producers of Christian Brothers excluded actor Thilakan from the film at the request of the Film Employees Federation of Kerala (FEFKA), the predominant film technicians association. Thilakan had been earlier signed for the role played by Sai Kumar in the film. On 3 February 2010, Thilakan publicly protested against the unofficial ban enforced on him by FEFKA. The Association of Malayalam Movie Artists issued a show cause notice to Thilakan for bringing the issue into the public domain. Thilakan accused AMMA, of which he too is a member. Several political parties came out openly in support of Thilakan.
The film began production on 11 January 2010. First schedule of the film occurred at various locales in Kerala from January through September 2010. Palamattam tharavadu, where the major parts of the film is set was shot from Netto's bungalow near Edakochi. The second schedule, which mainly included picturisation of a song, commenced in London the same month. The principal photography was completed by the end of 2010.
|Soundtrack album to Christian Brothers by|
|Released||11 March 2011|
|Genre||Feature Film Soundtrack|
|Deepak Dev chronology|
|Singles from Christian Brothers|
The soundtrack features four songs composed by Deepak Dev with lyrics by Kaithapram Damodaran Namboothiri. The songs managed to top the music charts in the initial weeks. The soundtrack album was released by Satyam Audios.
|1.||"Karthaave Nee"||Shankar Mahadevan, Rimi Tomy||4:30|
|2.||"Sayyaave"||Shankar Mahadevan, Shweta Mohan||5:05|
|3.||"Mizhikalil Naanam"||Nikhil Mohan, Ranjith, Rimi Tomy||4:31|
|4.||"Thammil Thammil"||Shankar Mahadevan, Shweta Mohan||4:20|
|5.||"Karthaave" (Karaoke Version)||4:32|
The film released worldwide on 18 March 2011 with a total of 400 prints; 157 centres in Kerala, 100 centres outside Kerala and 85 centres overseas, making it the largest release for a Malayalam film at that time.This film beat previous collection records. It was released in the United Kingdom, United States and Australia on 25 March 2011, in Gulf countries on 31 March 2011.
AP International released the film on DVD and Blu-ray Disc.
The film was made on a budget of ₹15 crore (US$2.0 million), a high budget for a Malayalam film at that time. Christian Brothers completed 100 days run at theatres. In two weeks, the film grossed ₹11.35 crore (US$1.5 million) from Kerala box office with a distributors share of ₹5.60 crore (US$740,000). It did good business in initial weeks grabbing a distributors share of ₹8.5 crore (US$1.1 million) in 25 days. The film grossed ₹17.4 crore (US$2.3 million) at the box office in two months. Christian Brothers was the highest-grossing Malayalam film of the year. Apart from the box office revenue, the film made ₹5 crore (US$660,000) from satellite, overseas and outside Kerala distribution rights.
The film received positive reviews praising plot and the performances. Neethu Reghukumar of Bangalore Mirror gave a positive review and said, "The much-anticipated Christian Brothers proved to be worth the wait. Finally fans have something to rejoice as he has made a rollicking start this year. Back in all elements, all steals the show, firing on all cylinders. However, at no stage the multi-starrer film does appear as a one-man show."
M. Ashitha of Deccan Herald commented, "True, too many cooks spoil the broth. Despite having the luxury of actors like Mohanlal, Suresh Gopi, Dileep and Sarath Kumar together in the movie, Christian Brothers turns out not to be a disappointment. The film, heavily depending on the star power, is a good entertainment." Paresh C. Palicha of Rediff.com stated, "Christian Brothers is a typical multi-starrer that is made with an eye at the box office with not much depth in the subject. But you still get entertained."
Sify.com's reviewer rated the film as a "Racy Entertainer" and stated, "Christian Brothers is a loud and high voltage thriller, for which you don't have to use your brains much. It could have definitely been more enjoyable if it was shorter by some twenty minutes or so, but even in the current form it could make you smile as the end credits start rolling. It's absolutely a no logic-popcorn fun and perhaps not meant to be taken too seriously."