Bajrangi Bhaijaan: Film Review – Heart in the right place

For days social media was buzzed and expectations were raised, and Bhaijaan has not disappointed. Bajrangi Bhaijaan is much more than the typical #Sallubhai movie. The story is of a little girl from Pakistan, Shahida (Harshaali Malhotra) who cannot speak. She comes to India with her mother, but gets left behind. In India she meets Pawan Kumar Chaturvedi aka Bajrangi (Salman Khan) who is a simple man and a die-hard ‘Hanuman Bhakt’. Bajrangi develops a soft corner for the lost girl and starts calling her Munni. Along with his love interest Rasika, played by Kareena Kapoor, they try to find out where exactly is Munni’s home. What follows is a series of light-hearted comic scenes in the first half and a very interesting yet unnecessary song about "Chicken". 

The story line is strong and does not lose focus. You’ll trust Bajrangi, the hero and that is the beauty of the story. Kabir Khan has to be credited for many things, but most of all it is his ability to extract the correct emotions out of his actors. It is evident that he has grown as a director and is a good task-master. No doubt he has chosen a brilliant cast but what has made the film even better is how easily believable and real-life like the characters seem. From the Pakistani reporter, Nawazuddin Siddiqui to the Maulana (Om Puri), everyone has played a strong part. But you’ll definitely fall in love with Munni (Harshaali Malhotra) who’s a delight to watch. Kareena Kapoor looks beautiful in the de-glammed version and plays the character marvelously. Salman Khan does a fabulous job and you will surely not stop rooting for Bajrangi Bhaijaan till the end. 
 
No, you wont get ‘Dabangg’ dialogues from this movie, but you’ll definitely be touched by the scenes. The film carries the message of social responsibility and humanity before religion and boundaries. The India-Pakistan rivalry is a touchy topic, but the filmmakers have managed to keep the love alive. In fact, Kabir Khan may have just shown us how if there’s enough love and brotherhood, even boundaries between countries become nothing more than mere lines. What makes it even more perfect is that the last twenty minutes of the movie have been shot in the mesmerizing valley of Kashmir. When you see the barbed wires and boundary-gates, the beautiful locale forces you to wonder why. 
The songs in the movie are not all that great with the exception of the qawwali, ‘Bhar do jholi meri‘ by Adnan Sami, which is soulful and gives you goosebumps. Another let down for Salman fans may be the lack of action scenes. Is Bajrangi the character, too good for the real world? Maybe. But, hey we aren’t complaining! Could more have been done with this movie? Perhaps. But, it has successfully checked the tick-boxes for story, characters, performances and a message.  
 
Why you should watch the film?
With so much to offer, there isn’t one reason why you shouldn’t watch this film. A strong social message, a good story line, great performances and entertaining scenes with just the correct amount of emotional dose. It’s worth your buck! Salman Khan may have just presented us with Bajrangi Bhaijaan as our Eiddi for this year’s EID! So, book your tickets soon, we hear seats are filling fast! 😛
 
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