Bajrangi Bhaijaan is a 2015 Bollywood movie featuring Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Harshaali Malhotra and Nawaazuddin Siddiqui. This movie has been directed by Kabir Khan and produced by Salman Khan himself.
Movie review in one line: Good, but melodramatic.
The story: Munni, a 6-year old Pakistani girl who lost her speech, comes to Delhi for treatment with her mother. She gets lost in India while her mother returns to Pakistan. The relationship between the two countries deteriorates and it becomes impossible to get VISA for travel.
Salman Khan finds Munni and takes her home. After repeated attempts to find where her house is, they finally find out she is from Pakistan. Salman Khan decides to cross the border into Pakistan (illegally) and restore her to her parents. Will he be able to do it?
Review: The movie has a solid premise and a good story. I just wished it was not over-melodramatic, especially in the end. Until then, the movie did seem somewhat realistic, and I should appreciate the makers for that attempt.
It’s difficult to believe Salman Khan as a young, innocent, immature, honest… but he somehow makes the character click. Kareena’s role, though short, has been done well by her. Nawaazuddin was good, as usual. The little girl, Munni, captures all hearts even with her voice-less acting.
I liked the movie more because it did not insult any faith (unlike Pk) to make its point. It just shows the plus and minus points of both countries, both religions, etc. Pk on the other hand, wanted to attack one religion in the name of comedy and even that was done in a poor taste. I appreciate Salman Khan, Director and Script Writer who have chosen to be sensitive, unlike Aamir Khan and his Pk team.
The music, especially the sad overarching tune, enhances the emotion. The camera has been handled deftly, and so was the costume selection. Technically, they’ve got many things right in this movie. The melodrama is what I found silly, but knowing it’s Bollywood, it’s still OK.
Good movie. Do watch.