They finally once again made one like it with Salman. So after his recent action dishum dishum films if you were expecting another of those throttled down action film, you will be PLEASANTLY be surprised to see the Salman of old. Salman knows what his audience love from him and hence stays genuinely simple in his expressions. Salman that has been lost for some time.
BAJARANGI BHAIJAAN is a super duper-marketing concept. It is full-bodied ticking all the right boxes. EID is a hyper success release time. Salman now owns the space. Title BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN. Salman plays a Bajrangi Bhakt. The postmaster father and his failure of all order simple son, Bajrangi- Pawan Kumar Chaturvedi- aka salman Khan. The vegetarian Chaturvedi’s and their non-veg neighbours. Chaturvedi’s daughter KAREENA falling for Salman. And then the mother of all, twist in the story, setting the climax, a six year old Muslim girl from Kashmir occupied Pakistan is lost in India. Off-course our hero Salman will find her and take her to Pakistan- Visa or passport be dammed.
The volcanic political relationship between the two countries buffered with the poetic love and passion of simple citizens and there you have the movie masala served EID style. One that without any issue the whole family can see- MAKE THAT SHOULD SEE. And watch it for the Little Munni- Little Shahida.
BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN ( BB) is a pure full wholesome entertainer by Salman Khan and Kabir Khan.
Shahida (Harshaali Malhotra) playing a mute six-year-old (Kashmir) Pakistani girl is a revelation. I think the credit goes to the child first who steals your heart and then to the director who has been able to make her do the entire scene. She is a charmer when she smiles and makes you weep when she is sad. YES I WEPT TOWARDS THE END OF THE MOVIE AND THERE IS NOTHING TO HIDE ABOUT IT. More than half of the hall had tears with me.
Small touches have been used to provide the clues by which Salman must find her place. Mosque, non-veg food- picture from calendar etc. but these are not important at all. Nawazuddin Siddiqui helps the rest; he once again fits the character of the super failure of a TV scribe (this time in Pakistan) and the power of Internet. Do note that the reception on all smart phones was 4 G quality- no buffering.
Dir: Kabir Khan. With: Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Harshaali Malhotra, Nawazuddin Siddiqui. 159 mins.