The sound of Hanuman Chalisa playing on the day of Eid- Bajrangi Bhaijaan couldn’t have been released at a better time.
The movie begins with a 6-year old speech-impaired Pakistani girl named Shahida (Harshaali Malhotra) who gets herself lost somewhere on the Indian border. Shy, helpless and scared, she stumbles upon Pawan Kumar Chaturvedi (Salman Khan): a man who is a sincere devotee of Bajrang Bali and who is fondly called ‘Bajrangi’. When Pawan learns that Shahida a.k.a Munni has been separated from her family, he makes it his mission to reunite her with her lost homeland. And so the two set forth on a difficult journey. Pawan has neither a passport nor visa, all he has is an unshakeable will to complete his mission. Will he be able to overcome the obstacles and succeed in getting Munni home?
Although logic-resisting in some ways, this movie uses humour to address the very serious issue of the Indo-Pak conflict. Kabir Khan makes a daring move my making this movie devoid of the typical Salman Khan elements. There are no gravity-defying stunts or shirt-ripping scenes or over-the-top dialogue baazi. Instead, we get to see Salman in a whole new light. His character is charming, innocent and downright convincing. Nawazuddin Siddiqui as the Pakistani journalist steals the show with his stellar acting. And be prepared to cry a river over Harshaali’s portrayal of the lost child. With an angelic face and immensely expressive eyes, this little girl is sure to win everyone’s hearts. The love story of Pawan and Rasika (Kareena Kapoor Khan) seems a little out-of-place at times, but even with her minimal role, Kareena once again reminds us how wonderful an actress she is.
Needless to say, this is one of Salman’s most heartwarming performances till date. With his honesty and determination, our Bajrangi Bhaijaan will make you laugh, cry and leave the theatre with a huge smile. Make sure to keep the tissues ready.