Bajrangi Bhaijaan Movie Review

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Martin D'Souza By Martin D'Souza | 18 Mar 2017 15:42:20.9330000 IST

Expectations are humongous from the mega Eid bonanza, BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN's audio album. It marks the comeback of the once numero uno composer of Bollywood, Pritam (after almost over a year) and pressure is on him to deliver the best of the best for Bhaijaan, Salman's home production, SKF Films.


The song that has gone viral ever since its release, 'Selfie Le Le Re', sung with zeal and fervour by Vishal Dadlani, Nakash Aziz, Pritam , Aditya Pushkarna and Url, has a nice addictive and cute rhythm. Its more than a just a devotional number which it appears at the start. It's almost a title song. The rap highlights the character of the male lead who is shown to be a Bajrang Bali (Lord Hanuman) bhakt (devotee).

WOW! Just one word to describe this Pritam-Atif reunion romantic number, 'Tu Chahiye'. The two are simply at their best . Lovely free flowing rhythm, Atif's mesmerising vocals, superb background arrangements and Amitabh Bhattcharya's simple lyrics. Chartbuster for sure.

Coming to 'Bhar Do Jholi', the iconic devotional 'qawwali ' by the legendary Sabri brothers (in the 70s with lyrics by Purnam Allahabadi ), sung in praise of the Prophet, and has been rendered by many great 'qawwals'. Pritam takes the safe route and adapts the same famous and popular tune (with a bit tweaked lyrics by Kauser Munir), improvising well, keeping the sanctity of the song intact. Adnan Sami sings with devout fervour.

Fultoo masti and dhamaal aptly describes the desi stylized party celebration number, 'Aaj Ki Party', and Mika is just the right choice. The song may not exactly boast of a new tune, but it certainly comes as a breath of fresh air as party songs nowadays are loaded with senseless Yo Yo type rap and hip hop based mostly on alcohol.

The 'Chicken Song' is a cute 'bachchon wala' track and starts of like Dadamuni's 'Rail gaadi' rap (ASHIRWAD), but later on takes inspiration from Kishore da type of highly popular but nonsensical music.

One must commend the lyricist for a very cute, hilarious number where the protagonist is complaining of hunger pangs. Mohit Chauhan is class apart (with Pritam giving support) and his yodelling simply fantastic.

'Zindagi' is a lovely semi philosophical situational song where the protagonist is questioning the whereabouts of his own being and purpose in life. The chorus and philharmonic orchestra in the background is superb and so are the thought provoking lyrics.

To conclude, the makers have gone in for a relatively short soundtrack (for such a huge star cast and lavishly mounted film), with just about five main songs. All the compositions fit in with the theme and are pleasing to the ears and three songs, 'Selfie Le Le Re', 'Tu Chahiye' and 'Aaj Ki Party', are potential chartbusters. The songs would surely attain more popularity (especially 'Bhar Do Jholi') after the release of BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN this Eid, a day or so earlier, to be precise.

Music Review Rating Chart :-
Excellent - 4.5 & above
Very Good - 4
Good - 3.5
Average/Passable - 3
Pathetic - 2.5 & below

There are two stars in the film, but the peg is on Salman Khan. To call him a star would be demeaning his market value. He is a product that sells even before a film begins shooting. Returns are guaranteed. We have seen that in his films in the recent past. As of today, even if Salman Khan never tries, the Box Office rocks.

But BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN is different; Salman tries. He rocks yet again.


It's easy to let films of the past trivialize any attempt to dissect a performance. An easy-laidback attitude always comes to mind. But Bhaijaan works a little harder here and he is given splendid company by the two stars-six-year-old Harshaali Malhotra and Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

Siddiqui is the uncrowned Nawab of Bollywood; the underrated star who grinds through any role with the hunger of a talented newcomer. Harshaali performs with the zest of a veteran to create moments in the movie with just her eyes and facial expressions. Her actions thunder louder than words.

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Easily, this is the best female performance till date this year. Easily, she is the soul of the movie; not to forget the heart, Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

This may not be Kabir Khan's best work. NEW YORK still ranks high up there. But keeping bhaijaan in mind, he adds the right dose of entertainment, melodrama, action, tension and song-and-dance, to whet your palate this Eid. There are loopholes and unnecessary scenes that take this movie to 2 hours and 40 minutes. Kabir could have cut through those mundane scenes to a crisp 120 minutes, but then, you have to play to the gallery and Bhaijaan's bhakts would anytime want more screen time with their idol!

Kabir also plays the Indo-Pak card to a nicety, bringing in religion, love and cross-border conflict. The 'News angle' on television and the power of the internet scenes are also handled interestingly by Kabir. To that end, he has touched upon almost every aspect between the two nations [including cricket] without getting into the terror mode which has been done to death!

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Munni (Harshaali Malhotra) is a mute girl who gets separated from her mother at an Indian Railway station near the border. After a night in a goods train she finds herself face-to-face with Pawan (Salman Khan) a Hanuman bhakth with a heart of gold. He hates to lie, which explains later on why, when he had the option to sneak across the border, he waits for permission!

At first, Pavan thinks she has been lost in a mela, but soon realizes that she has nowhere to go as she keeps following him. Being mute, it's difficult to find out from her where she comes from. This journey of Pavan, to unite her with her parents, is what the film is all about.

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Nawazuddin Siddiqui as a Pakistani reporter, who first wants the scoop on a 'Traitor entering enemy soil' to being the one to help Bhaijaan in his mission, is extemporaneous. Poetry in motion best describes his performance.

Now, for Salman Khan! As opposed to his recent releases, he goes into a shell so to speak to emerge as this nondescript character with a simple devotion to being good and doing good. His 'dishoom dishoom' self explodes, too, when he realizes Munni is being taken for a ride, after he hands her over to an agent to take her to Pakistan.

A scene well handled with minimum fuss and maximum impact!

BHAJRANGI BHAIJAAN plays on your emotions and tugs at your heart. Hours after you walk out of the theatre, the performances by Harshaali Malhotra and Nawazuddin Siddiqui stay with you.

Rating 3/5

Movie Cast & Crew
  • Actor: Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sharad Saxena and Harshaali Malhotra
  • Lyrics: Kausar Munir, Mayur Puri, Shabbir Ahmed and Nilesh Mishra
  • Director: Kabir Khan
  • Music Director: Pritam, Pritam Chakraborty
  • Release Date : 17 Jul 2015