Akshay-Sidharth’s Brothers: Apart from sibling rivalry, all forms of Mixed Martial Arts too

first_imgIf you are a diehard fan of wrestling and martial arts, Brothers is the film you should go for this weekend. Akshay Kumar and Sidharth Malhotra are ready to entice their followers with this Karan Malhotra directorial. Bollywood, nowadays, is following the trend of films which talk about wrestling and boxing. Not just Akshay-Sidharth, Aamir Khan and Salman Khan too will soon be seen in their wrestler avatars in Dangal and Sultan respectively. Brothers is based on the theme of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). Akshay and Sidharth will be seen in a face-off inside the boxing ring, and a lot of martial art techniques have been used in the film. Akshay plays David Fernandes, a school teacher who quits his job to become a full-time MMA fighter to raise money for his ailing daughter. Sidharth Malhotra plays Akshay’s younger brother Monty Fernandes, who tries to break out of the shadow of his elder brother.WATCH: Akshay and Sidharth in the emotional song Gaye Jaa from Brothers Talking about suage of MMA in Brothers, Syed Rufaid Qadri, who is a state-level rugby player from Karnataka and is training in MMA for the last one year, said, “Brothers is not about just martial arts, it is about mixed martial arts too. The trailer of Brothers has Akshay and Sidharth using Jiu-Jitsu, Taekwondo, Karate and almost all forms of Mixed Martial Arts.” “MMA is one of the most aggressive contact sports in the world,” added Syed. Akshay Kumar and Sidharth Malhotra have trained hard to portray their characters of MMA fighters in the film. Akshay has trained in Karate and a few other combat techniques earlier, but for Sidharth, it was a new and tougher learning experience. At a recent Brothers press conference in Delhi, Akshay said, “Martial arts is not something that you can do just because you know it. You have to practice it, and rehearse and make it better. One has to also keep in mind what different can you give to them.”advertisementSEE PICS: From crazy selfies to wacky poses, Akshay, Sidharth and Jacqueline at Brothers promotion In Brothers, director Karan Malhotra has created a fictitious tournament called R2F ( UFC, in real), which has Akshay and Sidharth fighting for the championship, with an award money of Rs 9 crore. But for the Fernandes brothers, the fight is not just about the money or the title, but more of a personal battle. International stunt coordinators such as Eric Brown and Justin Yu worked on making the MMA combat look as real as possible. The film is a remake of Hollywood flick Warriors, and in an interview to PTI, Akshay said that the international stunt team, which had earlier worked on Warrior, had been roped in for Brothers as well. The team was quite impressed with the way Akshay and Sidharth have executed the combat scenes, according to Kumar. We list out some of the Mixed Martial Arts techniques used in Brothers: Brazalian Jiu-Jitsu Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art and combat sport that teaches a smaller person how to defend himself against a larger opponent by using leverage (a fighter can use the mass of his body as a strength to perform an action by pressure, pulling or twisting) and proper methods. This style also includes the techniques of grappling, chocking, ground-fighting, locks and joint manipulations on an opponent. Akshay, who is himself trained in martial arts, will be seen chocked by Ronnie Coleman in the film.Meet Ronnie ‘aka’ Shad!! This guy could crush a Bull 😉 What a pleasure to be choked by his hands. #Brothers for life pic.twitter.com/lgweTEy50B Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) August 6, 2015There is also some ground-fighting sequences in the film between Akshay and Sidharth.Cant forget Monty aka my Lil Brother!He put up the best fight any of us could have asked 4 #Proud #Brothers for life! pic.twitter.com/hzIZOVDMYo Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) August 9, 2015Muay Thai Muay Thai is also commonly known as Thai Kick-boxing. This technique includes kicks and punches. It is a hard, striking martial artform where all four pairs of limbs, shins, elbows and knees are used to strike opponents. In the trailer of the film, Akshay and Sidharth are seen kick-boxing, along with this technique.From power punches to power kicks, Monty is a storm when inside the ring. #BrothersAug14 pic.twitter.com/7AwYhDGXQ3 #3DaysToBrothers (@Brothers2015) June 30, 2015Taekwondo Taekwondo is a Korean martial arts’ style. This artform is generally known for its kicks, especially athletic kicking (spinning back kicks, jump kicks) as well as its heavy focus on being a sport.advertisementKick-start your weekend like our #Brothers! @S1dharthM and @akshaykumar being fighters, together. pic.twitter.com/VROE81k0lS #3DaysToBrothers (@Brothers2015) August 1, 2015Karate It is a martial artform developed in Okinawa, Japan, that stresses striking techniques, such as punching, kicking, knee and elbow strikes, and open-handed techniques such as knife-hands (karate chop). In comparison to Taekwondo, Karate tends to focus more on hand strikes, whereas Taekwondo emphasizes kicking techniques. The film will show Akshay and Sidharth doing some action-packed karate sequences. Wrestling Wrestling dominates all other Mixed Martial Art forms. It is an ancient style of fighting, which focusses on grappling, throws and pinning your opponent to the ground. In the trailer, Akshay and Sidharth are seen showcasing their rivalry inside a wrestling ring. If Akshay and Sidharth are to be believed, the two actors have spent much time and effort prepping themselves up for the MMA sequences in Brothers. At least that’s what they claim. When the film releases on August 14, whether or not MMA will draw viewers to the theatres, however, is something that only time will be able to tell.last_img read more