Big B is a 2007 Malayalam film co-written and directed by Amal Neerad starring Mammootty. It was widely acclaimed for its cinematography, with its intense fight sequences, well-choreographed shootout scenes and peppy background music. The technical excellence of the film is deemed the best in the history of the Malayalam film industry. The film is a remake of John Singleton's Four Brothers (which itself is a remake of The Sons of Katie Elder).
Although the film is a remake for having a similar plot line, it does not share any similarities, in terms of the technical side of the film, with Four Brothers.
The story begins with the cold-blooded murder of Mary John Kurishingal (Nafisa Ali
), better known as Mary 'Teacher', a social activist and a beacon of hope to the orphans of Kochi
. Her four foster sons, whom she adopted from the city's orphans and gave her surname 'John Kurishingal', arrive for her funeral from various places. The cynosure is on Bilal alias 'Big B' (Mammootty
), the eldest and the most reactive of the four 'brothers', who was an infamous troublemaker during his time at Kochi. He was forced to flee the city after he got involved in a street fight that resulted in him stabbing another ruffian. This also led to his estrangement from Mary Teacher. Eddy (Manoj K Jayan
) the second of the brothers, takes care of the mother and struggles to make the ends meet for his wife (Lena) and his two girls, as his small-time restaurant business is sagging. Murugan (Bala) is the happy-go-lucky fellow of the pack, and tours the country with his assignments as a stunt director in films. Bijo (Sumit Naval), a student, is the youngest of the brothers and very sentimental as a result of a troublesome childhood before he was adopted, is often at the receiving end of the overprotective nature of Bilal. Nevertheless, he is very attached to Bilal. The four brothers take it upon themselves to unearth the mystery behind their mother's murder, and with Bilal leading them, work their way up the dirty side of the city, which churns with petty crime gangs, drugs and prostitution. How they accomplish their revenge forms the rest of the story.
Even though the movie did only average business at the Box office, it was well appreciated for excellent camera work and fast soundtracks.Indian singer Shreya Ghosal made her debut into Malayalam with one of the songs from the movie.
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