Mumbai: Bhaijaan seems to take the India crowd by storm. As ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ was a smashing hit, people all over the country expected yet another heart melting story from the director Kabir khan. Without lowing the expectation level, Kabir Khan’s ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ comes as a smashing hit. Salman casts yet another spell on his crowd and fans with a soul stirring performance across the border. Prior to the Independence Day, Bajrangi Bhaijaan comes as a perfect backdrop to celebrate humanity and love across border.
Although film critics will take a deep into the logical pool to find a meaning of the script, the emotion quotient of the film will surely be celebrated with the smashing yet hearty performance by Salman himself. The relationship between Pawan Kumar Chaturvedi (Salman Khan), a god fearing innocent Indian man and Munni aka Shahida (Harshaali Malhotra), a mute girl child from Pakistan speaks a lot in the heart of the cine goers of the country.
As the name suggest, Bhaijaan is a devotee of Lord Hanuman (Bajrangi). He follows a path of truth and wants to help others. Perhaps this trait of the superstar makes him take a step to reunite the lost girl from Pakistan.
Now, how this little girl gets lost in India is a tad over-the-top. Kabir Khan’s ‘Kabul Express’ was far more realistic. Perhaps, the ‘superstar factor’ made the filmmaker force contriving situations and illogical methods in treating the film. For instance, the scenes that show Salman crossing the border will certainly tickle your funny bone.
Nonetheless, the film is entertaining. Primarily because the makers succeed in recreating an unseen, unheard of Indo-Pak camaraderie that each of us wonders if it could ever exist. Especially, if we were to go by the history these two nations share.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Chand Nawab, a reporter, is a treat to watch. The makers of ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ had clear enough intentions to have humane Pakistani characters in their story, for that would change the way films with the cross border theme are looked at.As Chand Nawab helps Bajrangi in escorting Munni safely to her homeland, we are introduced to a number of good Samaritans all along their journey to the little girl’s hometown.
The director has also highlighted the influence of the digital medium in his narrative to lay emphasis on the power of the ‘aam janta’ from either side of the border. However, it is certainly a little hard to digest that an ocean of humanity can dare the border security forces and do the unthinkable.
Rasika (Kareena Kapoor Khan) has indeed very little to offer in this film. It would have been nice, if we could have Kareena playing a far more interesting role than she did in the film. But the plot in itself had little space for an elaborate love saga! The dialogues are colloquial – simple, yet interesting.
The portrayal of Kashmir indeed redefines the tag which is associated with Kashmir of being ‘Heaven On Earth’. The songs are really good. You wouldn’t really feel they were needless, for they keep the pace of the film steady.In totality, ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ is a typical Salman Khan film, where emotions outdo reality. Nonetheless, it’s an entertainer which you wouldn’t like to miss. Watch it for the Bajrangi-Munni bond and Nawazuddin’s mind-blowing performance.