Bajrangi Bhaijaan Movie Review, Film Rating

Bajrangi Bhaijaan – Salman Khan sends a strong message of Love & Brother hood

Film : Bajrangi Bhaijaan

Release Date : 17 July 2015

Star Cast : Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Harshaali Malhotra, Om Puri

Director : Kabir Khan

Rating : 3.5 / 5 three-stars

Bajrangi Bhaijaan Review – Story / Plot

‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ is Salman Khan’s most daring film where Salman presents a beautiful performance – but allows the story to be the real dabangg.

It is the story of Pavan Kumar Chaturvedi (Salman Khan) aka Bajrangi Bhaijaan, a sincere devotee of Lord Hanuman,

Pawan enjoys the burden of carrying the legacy of his RSS member father in Pratapgarh, UP. This is not exactly a load as Pawan grows up to be an extremely religious guy who likes to bow down to every monkey he meets.

Turns out, he is least interested in studies and wrestling, two streams his father wants him to excel in. Pawan’s life is turned upside down when his father sends him away to Delhi for, what else, a job. Like it happens in every Hindi film, once in the city, he meets Rasika (Kareena) and her tough-nut father Digambar (Sharat Saxena), a devout Brahmin.

Pawan, alias Bajrangi, stays true to his religion in the big city, never missing a chance to attend anything that has Lord Hanuman’s name next to it. His pursuits lead him to Kurukshetra where he finds an abandoned little girl Shahida (real name Harshali) after dancing his shoes off to Selfie le le re. Soon, we are told that this child cannot talk, is from Pakistan, and that she is stranded here in India.

Not surprisingly, Pawan takes it upon himself to reunite the child with her parents. Just that he has a set of problems that threaten to throw his mission off balance right from the word go: he has no passport, he never lies, and he is a vegetarian.

What makes this film stand apart among Salman’s repertoire is that he plays the saviour Bajrangi Bhaijaan with conviction of a simpleton and wins hearts instantly when he makes up his mind to do no wrong. So much so that when he is questioned, “tum bahadur ho ya bewakoof?” He has no answer.

Salman Khan is his usual light-hearted self, doing what comes naturally to him. His trials and tribulations are endearing and you are one with him in his mission.

Kareena and Salman make an amazing pair and the ease at which they perform their scenes comes from the comfort and the love their audience gives them.

With not a single dialogue to mouth, little Harshaali as Shahida, floors you with her expressive eyes, especially her forlorn look. Your heart melts when she clings on to Salman and you chuckle when she is playfully naughty or yearns to eat non-veg. She shares a strong on-screen chemistry with Salman and probably that’s why the film is effective.

Nawazuddin as Chand Nawab a freelance small town broadcast journalist, who trails Bajrangi Bhaijaan as good as he’s in every film. His comic timing is impeccable and every scene with Salman is going to get seetis from the audience.

Cinematography is breathtaking, be it the opening credit scene with the snow capped Himalayas or the Kashmir pine trees that the camera playfully captures, every frame is lit with love.

Kabir has steered clear of the obvious and easy trap of Pakistan bashing. In fact this has to be the first film that shows our neighbor in good light. There are no scenes of chest thumping or trying to drum up that patriotic jingoism. Full marks to Kabir and Salman for taking a fresh approach to the cliche ridden Indo-Pak storyline.

The climax takes a bit of time to play itself out. Bajrangi’s arrest and what follows is a bit of a letdown in terms of the pace of the plot. You can sense the restlessness of the editor wanting to jump to the climax as the film comes to a full circle.

The songs though well-meshed into the script don’t leave an impact on the narration. And the Sufi song “Bhar do jholi meri,” featuring Adnan Sami used in one of the episodic climax, is exhilarating, but lost in the mayhem of the sequence of events

Final Verdict

Bajrangi Bhaijaan is totally dependent on Salman Khan’s superstardom, a must watch for those who complained that Salman doesn’t try anything different, It’s an entertaining film for sure, definitely in the not-to-be-missed category.

 

 

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