When Kabir Khan collaborated with Salman Khan for a second time, no one expected such a sweet expressive lore.
Bajrangi Bhaijaan has gone on to become one of the greatest family entertainers of all time. Set in Old Delhi, Bajrangi Bhaijaan followed a simple man, a great devotee of the eternal Brahmachari, Lord Hanuman and idealistically planning to settle down with his lady love.
In comes the twist in the tale, in the form of a little Pakistani girl who is speech challenged and is lost in India after being separated from her mother. What follows is a heart-warming story of one man’s fight to unite a lost little girl with her mother.
Interspersed with beautiful backdrops, the hustling bustling Old Delhi, epic shots in the desert and colourful images of Pakistan, the film looks at innocent lives caught up in geo-politics and how things unravel due to the same. Bajrang Bhakt, Pawan Kumar Chaturvedi is shown as truthful and gullible and when the Pakistani Border Police catches him coming out of a hidden tunnel, he truthfully leads them to other such dug outs. The moments are comical, but the insinuation deep as this is how, thousands almost die, crossing the border, for genuine reasons rather than just being up to mischief.
Slight and sometimes the not so subtle cultural differences that become significant such as the little girl Shahida’s love for chicken and Pawan’s strictly vegetarian diet are brought out to let the audience realize that, at the end of the day, a human bond is far beyond such differences. Obviously, during a cricket match when Shahida cheers for her home team, the game is up!
The film follows Pawan and Shahida’s illegal entry into Pakistan and the subsequent trip around various destinations, with the help of Nawab, played immaculately by Nawazuddin Siddiqui, as they search for the child’s mother.
In the end, all ends well, and Shahida/Munni is united with her mother. The film garnered huge audience support with the box-office declaring it a blockbuster hit. It’s message of peace and love, above all else had touched a chord.
What worked most for the film was its simple story-line and its straightforward characters, whose only wish was to spread love and peace and what more could we and our neighbouring country want!
It’s been a year, since this sweet touching movie released and apart from the fact that Bajrangi Bhaijaan got a mammoth opening at the box-office, we can always sit down to another screening of this film about dosti, commitment and all things nice, with our entire extended family, any given day!