If you are a regular reader of ThinkerViews, you have often found us mentioning that “Kindness of the Strangers” is one of our favorite segment in Reader’s Digest magazine. It explores the real life incidents where people acts “out of the way” to help others, just for the sake of humanity. Clearly, if you have heart, you can help, anybody.
Almost everyone of us and our family members, friends of loved ones, surely have received such help at least once in a life. Be it a big or small, the act of humanity has to be appreciated for the value it represents. Such act makes the society a better place to live in.
|Salman Khan, Rockline Venkatesh
|V. Vijayendra Prasad
|V. Vijayendra Prasad, Kabir Khan, Parveez Shaikh
|Rameshwar S. Bhagat
|Salman Khan Films, Kabir Khan Films
|17 July 2015
|Salman Khan (Pawan Kumar Chaturvedi / Bajrangi), Kareena Kapoor (Rasika), Harshaali Malhotra (Munni / Shahida), Nawazuddin Siddiqui (Chand Nawab), Meher Vij (Shahida’s Mother), Mir Sarwer (Shahida’s Father), Najeem Khan (Young Pawan / Bajrangi), Om Puri (Maulana), Sharat Saxena (Dayanand, Rasika’s Father), Alka Kaushal (Rasika’s Mother), Atul Srivastava (Bajrangi’sFather), Rajesh Sharma (Senior Pakistani Police Officer), and others…
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One of the recently released Hindi film, Bajrangi Bhaijaan explores one such act. The entire story is based on the act of humanity. To tell it in a single line, a youth helps a baby girl who is lost in India (and belongs to Pakistan), to go back to her home, safely. The movie is worth watching for the concept itself.
We often hear a lot of speculations like the older films were better than what we are viewing on screen these days. It is certainly true up to an extent, but not the whole truth (up to an extent are important words here). And even in terms of versatility also we are having the makers who try diverse subject and generate effective cinema with ease.
For example see the filmography of Rajkumar Santoshi. He is known for trying different subject since beginning. From Ghayal, Damini, Andaz Apna Apna, Lajja, China Gate, Ghatak, Pukar, Khaki and others ; you can see how effectively he explored various aspects of cinema.
We are remembering this because recently Kabir Khan worked on two films parellely, Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Phantom. Both have almost opposite kind of storyline. It is very tough to justify opposite subjects even one by one, and he worked on them parallel, proving his excellence and dedication. You can do it only when you have a clear vision about the end product(s) you are working on.
The soul of the movie is its content.
From the first scene of the movie Kabir is in complete control. Of course the credit goes to the story writer in equal amount. There are almost no scenes where you are forced to think, it could have been edited.
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The plot of the film is quite linear. We see Pawan Chaturvedi is a simple genuine Indian guy from Hindu Brahmin family. He keeps away himself from everything which are not considered as good (either morally or socially). He is a devotee of Hanumanji (aka Lord Hanuman who is also known as Bajrang Bali).
Shahida is a small adorable Pakistani girl. She is innocent and enthusiastic like all the other children of her age. There is only one problem with her, she cannot speak!
Due to this physical limitation she gets caught with troubles. There were incident(s) when she almost cheated the death. Worried about it, her family decide to visit Ajmer Sharif in India.
The prayer and faith can create wonders and the family expects nothing less for their little Shahida.
They visits the holy place peacefully and were en route to their home back to Pakistan. It was a dark night and everyone almost fell asleep when train was halted for a while. By seeing a poor lamb Shahida leaves the train to play with it and help it. The train however starts and before Shahida can catch it, it achieves the momentum. Shahida was unable to drag anyone’s attention, she tried though.
On the other hand her mother got awake and found her missing. She gets the train stopped but till that time, they have already entered in Pakistan.
So now, Shaida was alone in India!
She eventually meets Pawan and they get along. They develop a great bond of love. Due to a series of incidents Pawan decides to drop back Shahida (whom he calls Munni) safely to her home in Pakistan.
The rest of the story is how he struggle and finally gets Munni met with her parents. On the course of events, he also meet with a journalist named Chand Nawab. They develop a great bond, and he gives Pawan the name, Bajrangi Bhaijaan.
There is a love story of Pawan and Rasika and there are other supportive characters as well. However they get the footage they need, nothing more.
The real achievement here is to stick to the screenplay and the director does it effectively.
The film also tells about our perceptions about the people. For example, by having fair complexion, Pawan thinks she is a Brahmin girl. Upon knowing she eats meet, he thought, she could be Kshatriya. After finding her in a Masjid to pay respect to the almighty, he think she is a Muslim from somewhere in India. After seeing her cheering Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi (for whom she is named), he founds that she is a Pakistani girl.
The passion of Pawan for the truth reminds the famous tale of Raja Harishchandra. He believed in speaking truth and only truth, no matter what circumstances are.
The cinematography is excellent. Of course it looks fantastic on large screen of theater, the high quality DVD is visually appealing on TV sets as well.
Talking about Hindi films and not talking about songs and music of the same is almost impossible (there are exceptions, of course). The album overall is good. The title song got very much popularity and is filmed pretty well too. There is only one song “Kukdu Ku” which could have been edited. The innocent love between Munni, Rasika and Pawan with each other is explored in some songs nicely.
In terms of acting, Harshali Malhotra is a scene stealer. She is the heart of the movie. Salman Khan is known for his physical attractiveness and it is considered as the reason of success for most of his movies. This movie is an exception. He acted pretty nicely here. Kareena has a small role. We know about the talent for Nawazuddin Sidiquee and this film is his another feather in his cap. He is convincing and effective.
Overall, there are many highs and fewer lows in the movie, which makes it a must watch for any genuine Hindi Film lover for sure.
Our rating: 8 out of 10
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