'Bajrangi Bhaijaan' - Movie Review

Updated: 31 July, 2015 10:42 IST | Shubha Shetty Saha |

If you think you have to leave your brains at home for a Salman Khan film, be surprised. This one will need you to take your heart along with your brains. For above everything else, 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan' sure has its heart in its right place

'Bajrangi Bhaijaan'
U/A; Drama
Director: Kabir Khan
Cast: Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Harshaali Malhotra

If you think you have to leave your brains at home for a Salman Khan film, be surprised. This one will need you to take your heart along with your brains as well. For above everything else, 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan' sure has its heart in its right place.

Photos: Star-studded screening of 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan'

Salman Khan and Harshaali Malhotra in 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan'
Salman Khan and Harshaali Malhotra in 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan'. Pic/Santa Banta

Salman Khan plays Pawan Kumar Chaturvedi aka 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan', a clean hearted simpleton, a Hanuman bhakt with loyalty inherited from his father towards RSS. And he is refreshingly not the typical dude ready to throw punches in the air at any moment. On the contrary, he is the antithesis of a typical Salman Khan character; he is modest, peaceful and bows down even when he spots a monkey. Pawan meets Rasika (Kareena Kapoor Khan) when he comes to Delhi from UP to stay with his father's friend's family. His idyllic, simple life takes a turn when he encounters a six-year-old child, Munni aka Shahida (Harshaali Malhotra) from Pakistan, and he takes it upon himself to return her to her family.

Nawazuddin plays Chand Nawab, a struggling freelance reporter.

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This movie portrays secularism in an unpreachy, fun way. No taxing jingoism, no chest beating dialogues, instead you are served self-effacing humour and smart lines (Dialogues by Kabir Khan and Kausar Munir). Some scenes and dialogues make an impact, like the one when Pawan tells Chand that, 'Bajrangi hamari madad karenge', and Chand asks him jokingly, 'yahan Pakistan me bhi?'. Or the one during a more serious moment Chand poignantly says, 'Yahan nafrat bikti hai, mohabbat nahi' (taking a dig at the media).

The story (by V.Vijayendra Prasad) is about conversion. No, not the archaic one religion to another kind, but of the humane variety; from being conditioned to be rigid about one's own religion to peacefully accepting to co-exist with the unique ways of other religions.

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Too many convenient co-incidences, a few loopholes and over the top at places, are the flaws in the film which you want to overlook because of the good intention, right emotional pitch and sensitive handling of a story which could easily create trouble in the current, inflammable circumstances. Kabir Khan gustily walks a tight rope here and one must hand it over to him for managing to keep the right balance.

Salman Khan pleasantly surprises with his un-hero like performance, Kareena doesn't have much to do and you wish she did and Nawazuddin, who's trusted to make his characters most believable is perfectly cast. But it is the little Harshaali Malhotra who will steal your heart with her angelic face and evidently natural talent.

The exaggerated climax, however, seems to drag a little too long.

Be ready to want to wolf whistle, even when you have a tear or two stealthily streaming down your cheek. Watch it.

Watch the trailer of 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan'

'Bajrangi Bhaijaan' is Salman Khan's best film, tweet B-Town celebs

Sonakshi Sinha: Watched #BajrangiBhaijaan last night n its safe to say its @BeingSalmanKhan's best movie.. Like ever. Well done @kabirkhankk, outstandinng!

Jacqueline Fernandez: It's official. #BajrangiBhaijaan is Salman's bestest ever. But who really steals the scenes is little Harshaali! I'm a fan!!

Karan Johar: There wasn't a dry eye at the end of the screening of #BajrangiBhaijaan....an emotional journey majestically performed by @BeingSalmanKhan! @kabirkhankk directs #BajrangiBhaijaan with depth...sensitivity and supreme entertainment...the little girl stays in your heart long after..

Shilpa Shetty: A poignant story of selfless love n still entertainin@BeingSalmanKhan is faab in a never seen b4 avatar. Must watch. Nawazuddin and the little girl( wanna squeeze her she's so cute) Harshali r effortless and fit the bill to the T. #BajrangiBhaijaanArrives

Farah Khan: Just saw Bajrangibhaijaan.. No words to describe how outstanding it is!! @BeingSalmanKhan u made me cry.. Ur best to date!! And @kabirkhankk ur peaking n how!!loved ur work! @minimathur just take all the credit

Kriti Sanon: #BajrangiBhaijaan - a beautiful film with a soul. @BeingSalmanKhan at his best. @kabirkhankk can make you cry and smile at the same time

Daisy Shah: Words can't do justice to explain wat u feel abt this. #BajrangiBhaijaan is a heartfelt movie! @BeingSalmanKhan @kabirkhankk #takeabow

Pulkit Samrat: Just watched #BajrangiBhaijaan OUTSTANDING! Fabulously shot.. @BeingSalmanKhan's best ever! Congratulations @kabirkhankk @minimathur

Randeep Hooda: The most important&1of the best @BeingSalmanKhan films #BajrangiBhaijaan is a must watch. @kabirkhankk steers the ship with finesse.super:)

Subhash Ghai: Proud of@BeingSalmanKhan for producing a heart warming film on communal harmony @Bajrangi bhaijaan Being human Real

Anupam Kher: Thank you @BeingSalmanKhan for inviting me for the screening of BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN. I laughed & cried in a film after a long time.:) BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN is @BeingSalmanKhan's best work till date. It is also d Best Film ever made on the human side of Indo-Pak relationship.:)

Mohit Suri: Can't remember the last time a film made me cry,laugh,clap,whistle #BajrangiBhaijaan is all that and more @BeingSalmanKhan @kabirkhankk wow

Nikhil Advani: Full marks to the entire team of #BajrangiBhaijaan and @jiteshpillaai please hand the trophy to little Harshali. She is just supreme. @kabirkhankk I hate that you are so bloody good. It's not fair that a director has such control over the material. #BajrangiBhaijaan If you are Indian/Pakistani and wondered what all the fuss has been about go and see #BajrangiBhaijaan. It's not a film. It's a statement.

Arbaaz Khan: Bajrangi Bhaijaan is Unstoppable !!! A film that makes Indian Cinema proud. @BeingSalmanKhan best ever !!! Kudos to the entire team. Magical

Punit Malhotra: @BeingSalmanKhan at his best. I've become a bigger fan (if it's possible) Simply loved him. And @kabirkhankk take a bow! What a superb film. The next few days are only gonna be about BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN! It's the perfect treat this Eid. Laugh, cry enjoy. You're gonna love this one

Neil Nitin Mukesh: @BeingSalmanKhan #BajrangiBhaijaan is his most honest character after tere naam. Your heart goes out for him ...and he wins you completely. @kabirkhankk makes sure his audience lives the journey of his protagonists in his films . Bajrangi Bhaijaan is one memorable journey.

Shruti Seth: The little girl in #BajrangiBhaijaan is such a discovery @kabirkhankk She holds her scenes so effortlessly & stays with you long after. #BajrangiBhaijaan will pull at all your heart strings & leave u teary eyed multiple times.Kudos @kabirkhankk @BeingSalmanKhan @Nawazuddin_S

Gaurav Kapur: Not a wrong note in the film. Absolutely loved Bajrangi Bhaijaan. Great job @kabirkhankk ... Dil khush kar diya.

Kushal Tandon: @BeingSalmanKhan Every act expresses a nostalgia 4 innocence n an appeal 2 d essence of being from Maine pyar kiya to Bajrangi bhaijaan

Nikhil Dwivedi: Those who ve always felt tht @BeingSalmanKhan does nt do meaningful films shud watch #BajrangiBhaijaan -his finest & mightiest in 20 yrs.

Luv Shatrughan Sinha: #BajrangiBhaijaan will touch you and make you think about our various differences in the right manner.It deserves to be seen again and again

First Published: 17 July, 2015 09:00 IST

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