Saturday, July 18, 2015

Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015) - Movie Review

Bajrangi Bhaijaan movie review

Somewhere between Wanted, Dabangg - Salman's signature style (that had come to define him/his image in the recent past), I had missed the innocence of his initial films like Maine Pyar Kiya, Hum Aapke Hai Kaun. Bajrangi Bhaijaan brings back that innocence but in an avatar not witnessed before.
Bajrangi is no hero here fighting goons. He's a god-fearing, upright, honest simpleton. His simplicity and childlike guilessness charm you.

Life takes a turn when he bumps into a five-year-old mute Pakistani girl who has been separated from her family. The film trails the journey of this simpleton uniting the girl with her family, her homeland.
The film is a complete entertainer with drama, comedy, romance, traces of action, and oodles of melodrama. Ten minutes into the film, there's a dialogue "koi toh nek banda hoga khuda ka jo hamari beti ki hifaazat karega." (I am not sure I worded it verbatim). But the point is, dialogues like this and instances that seemed deliberate and contrived for effect had me thinking this was a missable film. It proved me wrong.

The reasons you should watch Bajrangi Bhaijaan far outweigh reasons you shouldn't. Salman Khan's performance (his best, till date) anchored this film to its emotional core but BB would have been incomplete without the adorable child actor Harshaali Malhotra, who turned 7 last month and our star reporter Chand Nawab (Nawazzudin Siddiqui ;-) (I remember watching a hilarious video on YouTube some time back of the Pakistani reporter his character was inspired from). Siddiqui is a goldmine of acting. His character adds another dimension to the film, pacing up the story further.

For a girl Harshaali's age, I was astounded by her ability to emote and evoke the kind of response she did. The maturity with which she handled her part and the restraint she exhibited were commendable. Kareena was swell in her brief role.

Bajrangi Bhaijaan pulsates with a heart and has a story to tell. It makes you laugh. It makes you cry. Much like Salman summed it up - It will leave you with a smile, with tears in your eyes. Don't give it a miss!

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