Bajrangi Bhaijaan – Being Human Despite Borders
Salman Khan is the name that guarantees success at the box office, irrespective of the subject, script or sense. Kabir Khan is a director who started off really well with movies like Kabul Express (2006) and New York (2009). Both movies were critically acclaimed and appreciated by masses and classes. Back in 2012 Kabir Khan and Salman Khan created a history of a mega blockbuster Ek Tha Tiger. Will Bajrangi Bhaijaan, the most anticipated and controversial movie be able to create another history for the Director / Actor duo? Let’s discover.
A mute girl, aged 6, named Shahida (Harshaali Malhotra) gets lost in India while going back to her home in Pakistan. She finds Pavan Kumar Chaturvedi aka Bajrangi Bhaijaan (Salman Khan). Pavan is a God fearing individual and kind hearted being. He decides to help Shahida by taking her to Pakistan making all the efforts required. On the journey he encounters a news reporter Chaand Nawab (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) and a Moulvi Saab (Om Puri). Characters like Rassika (Kareena Kapoor Khan), Sharat Saxena, and rest of the cast help in taking the film forward.
Performance wise the movie has three strong pillars i.e. Salman Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Harshaali Malhotra. Bajrangi Bhaijaan is among Salman Khan’s best performances hands down. This is unlike his previous releases Dabbangg, Ek Tha Tiger, Wanted or Kick. Salman Khan is natural, adorable and sincere as Pavan. Nawazuddin Siddiqui appears in post interval scenes and from there he grabs viewers’ attention. As Chaand Nawaab he is brilliant, especially in his plea to the countrymen of Pakistan and India in the climax. By no means, he gets over-shadowed by Salman Khan in any single frame. Harshaali Malhotra is the cutest kid to appear on silver screen in a long time. She is lovely and a delight to watch. She doesn’t speak a word in the entire movie but with her expressions she can make her audience cry, smile and laugh.
Kareen Kapoor Khan is as usual. A few of her scenes deserve praise particularly the one in which they find out about Shahida’s reality. Sharat Saxena is as usual – dedicated in every sense. Om Puri leaves a strong mark and has some finest dialogue to mouth. Adnan Sami Khan in “Bhardo Jholi” proves again that he is thoroughly comfortable in front of the camera.
Kabir Khan describes emotions flawlessly in Bajrangi Bhaijaan. He has proved that with a good script, he can make a superstar a fine performer. As the movie, Bajrangi Bhaijaan preaches love and harmony. It’s by no means a movie that seeds hatred or abhorrence for anyone or any nation. Bajrangi Bhaijaan is a definite Block Buster and will be remembered as one of the finest movies of Salman Khan.
On the basis of performances, scripts and direction, I would rate Bajrangi Bhaijaan a solid 3.5 out of 5. Go watch it; don’t miss it.
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