If you are a human with all your six senses at the right place, you will usually think twice before watching a Bhai film. For he is one of those actors who rides heavily on his star power and his gargantuan fanbase, delivering films which are horrendously stupid with no room for sense. Bajrangi Bhaijaan in all its glory, is a film against the tide.
Few minutes into the film is all you need to ask yourself whether you are watching a film with Salman Khan in it. With a standard milieu topped with lovable narrative ideas, Kabir Khan’s pen goes in the right direction making this a charming film to lend your eyes to. Albeit being predictable, Bajrangi Bhaijaan is highly realistic and wastes no time wandering around with cheap comics, flashy songs or forced fights. It is amazing to see Bhai come out of his cocoon and bring us a film which actually has a story. And that’s what makes Bajrangi Bhaijaan, his best film in years.
The first person who devours your attention is none other than the little girl Harshali Malhotra. Without saying a word, she splashes loads of cuteness all over the screen and leaves no stone unturned to put you in awe. Salman Khan on the other hand looks like he left his chutzpah at home for this film, as seeing him in such a role is a revelation in itself. Shades of the acting quotient in him are evident all through the proceedings, this is the side of Salman Khan that most people don’t know exists. Nawazuddin Siddiqui is next in line, coming up with humorous comedy skits in the second half and the apt amount of emotions when needed. Yet another film for the veteran, who just keeps getting better and better as the hourglass runs. Kareena Kapoor Khan plays Salman’s love interest, looks beautiful and emotes well. Cheers to Kabir Khan for not overusing her in a needless situation.
Apart from being a well-written film, Bajrangi Bhaijaan is also a well-shot film. The cinematography scales wondrous locations with catchy colouring, as the editing keeps the seamless flow without breaking it at random. Though Pritam’s music isn’t completely compelling, it has enough in it to keep the momentum going.
Bajrangi Bhaijaan’s biggest win is the script-to-screen transition which is done with elan. From the simple storybook of Vijayendra Prasad, it gets converted into a touching film which is engaging and entertaining at the same time. Only once in a blue moon that you get to see a film like this from Salman Khan. I think it deserves your time.
Verdict: An absolute delight.
3.5 / 5