Movie Review: Bajrangi Bhaijaan

A little Pakistani girl with an angelic face gets separated from her mother while on a pilgrimage to India. She is spotted, fed and fostered by the hero, a small-time pahelwan (wrestler) and die-hard Hanuman aka Bajrangbali bhakth (devotee of Bajrangbali). Because of his devotion to Bajrangbali, he is fondly called as Bajrangi Bhaijaan.

Getting family details from the little girl is tough as she is speech-impaired. How would Bajrangi Bhaijaan know that she is from Pakistan? And how would he unite her with her parents with little or no information? Bajrangi Bhaijaan and his fiancée Rasika have a tough job on hand.

Bajrangi Bhaijaan is a must watch. It is entertaining, colourful and an armchair journey through beautiful Kashmiri locales. The emerald green mountains are a visual treat and make you want to go there. The buses in the region are quirky and are ornate with colourful pop-art. Kareena’s endless array of oxidised earrings enliven her Manish-Malhotra-designed salwar suits. I am expecting a ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ collection of earrings and salwar suits to adorn market shelves soon.

And there is more! A disheveled dude provides some comic moments on the Indo-Pak border as Bajrangi Bhaijaan attempts to cross the barbed wire fences without a passport and visa! Then there is Nawazuddin Siddiqui who has essayed the role of a clever Pakistani journalist Chand Nawab with gusto. Even if he has done only a cameo role, Om Puri is simply outstanding as a Maulvi. You’ll just love the scene where he is riding the scooter with his two ‘begums’  🙂   Jai Bajrangbali!

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