Remake rights of a Telugu movie + Punch Dialogues + crazy dances + shirtless climax = 100 Crores
Conan, the barbarian + Troy + Punch Dialogues + crazy dances + shirtless climax = Box office Blunder
Crazy characterization + Punch Dialogues + crazy dances + shirtless climax = 100 (+) crores.
This has been the formulae of Salman Khan films since 2009. These movies were surely a treat for Salman fans and the results of such films are clearly evident at Box office in millions of INR. Even though they had the tag of entertainment & commercialism, these films failed to seek attention or earn accolades from non-Bhai fans. For me, the last film in which Salman Khan acted was TERE NAAM(2003). Rest all had Salman Khan substituting himself in the above formulae.
Surprisingly, Bhajrangi Bhaijan doesn’t follow any of the above formula based movies. Doesn’t have Salman Khan as a showroom mannequin posing in front of the screen and doesn’t have a shirtless Salman showing off his bulky biceps and six pack abs to the camera. Bhajrangi Bhaijaan has a proper script & good performances which made the movie the hit it is. The movie starts in Zila Sultanpur of PoK (Pakistan occupied Kashmir) where a shepherd and his wife are concerned over their daughter Shahida(Played by Harshali Malhotra)’s future since she is mute. The elderly of the family / tribe suggests them to go to a Dargah in Delhi where all the prayers are believed to be heard and the girl may find her voice and start speaking. The girl somehow departs from his mom in some unusual circumstances and meets Pavan Kumar Chaturvedi a.k.a Bhajrangi (Played by Salman Khan) who is a Lord Hanuman devotee and believes in the path of righteousness. Bhajrangi takes the girl to Delhi, names her munni and with the help of his lady love Rasika (Played by Kareena Kapoor Khan), takes care of her. The story elevates to a different level when Bhajrangi comes to know that Munni is a muslim and is also a Pakistani. Rest of the film is about how Munni finally meets her parents, how Bhajrangi reaches Pakistan, how Chand Nawab (Played by Nawazuddin) is involved in this illegal adventure of Bhajrangi is the rest of the film.
Salman Khan as Bhajrangi looks like the advanced version of Prem from HumSaath Saath Hain. He doesn’t bore you much with his antics. Kareena Kapoor Khan as Rasika doesn’t add much to the story. She works as an alarm to people who
Nawazuddin Siddiqui is a charmer. He adds flavour to the story going bland. His imitation of Pakistani Journalist Chand Nawab is impeccable. Cookie points to Mukesh Chhabra, the casting director.
Harshali Malhotra as Shahida is the USP of the film. In spite of having actors like Salman Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui , Kareena Kapoor Khan etc., Harshali just takes over the screen space dunking the audience into the world of cuteness. Her expressions are better than many actors in the film. She is just awesome. Again, credits to Mukesh Chhabra.
Music by Pritam is a bit disappointing. Movies like Bhajrangi Bhaijaan counts on music, but Pritam didn’t make his mark.
All in all, Bhajrangi Bhaijaan is a movie with a heart. It is an adventure of a simple and humble person in an unknown land to help a child get back to her family. The movie is full of good-hearted people on both sides of the border. Written by K.V.Vijayendra Prasad and directed by Kabir Khan, Bhajrangi Bhaijaan is worth the money you spend at the cinemas.
Bhajarangi Bhaijaan Rating: 3/5
Reviewed by Ajay Mudunuru
This review was first published on https://hoorki.wordpress.com/2015/07/22/review-no-9-bhajrangi-bhaijaan/