Star Cast:Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Harshaali Malhotra
Director: Kabir Khan
Producer: Salman Khan and Rockline Venkatesh
Claps For:Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Salman Khan, his heart-warming chemistry with Harshaali Malhotra, picturesque locations, dialogues
Slaps For:Songs, predictable plot
Popcorn Refill: Interval
Story: The film opens with a scene featuring a Pakistani village household watching a crucial India vs Pakistan match. Inspired by the famous cricketer Shahid Afridi, a to-be mother from the household names her daughter as Shahida (Harshaali Malhotra). However Shahida hasn't uttered a single word since her birth which worries her parents a lot. Finally her mother is advised to take her to a holy dargah in Delhi to seek blessings. On their way back to Pakistan, Shahida sneaks out of the train to rescue a lamb who has fallen in a pit. But instead, she ends up stranded all alone in an unknown country. Enter her saviour- Pawan Kumar Chaturvedi (Salman Khan) lovingly known as Bajrangi, an ardent Hanuman devotee who believes in always speaking the truth. He names her Munni and tries to locate her parents. However his life turns upside down when he discovers that Shahida/Munni is not just a Muslim but also a Pakistani by nationality. Initially he is a bit hesitant to help the little girl. However his love interest Rasika (Kareena Kapoor Khan) makes him realize that humanity is above all religions and encourages him to help her. Just when things are about to get better, Munni gets trapped in an unfortunate event that turns the simpleton Bajrangi into a man on mission with the help of a freelancer Pakistani reporter Chand Nawab (Nawazuddin Siddiqui). Will Pawan reunite Munni with her parents? Why is Chand Nawab helping him? Is there something more that meets the eye?
Performance: It is extremely refreshing to see Salman Khan shedding his 'macho' avatar and embracing an enduring character whose innocence bowls you over completely. One can say that this is best performance of recent times. Kareena Kapoor Khan is good in her part. Nawazuddin Siddiqui's brilliant performance is just not to be missed! He has you in splits with his epic dialogues. Last but not the least, watch out for the 'little star' Harshaali Malhotra whose twinkling eyes and dazzling smile do all the talking!
Direction: Kabir Khan has churned an out and out entertainer with right doses of humour, emotions and patriotism. Looks like his magic coupled with Salman's stardom is all set to work wonders at the box office. Kausir Munir's dialogues strike a right chord with the audience. 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan's story has been written by V. Vijayendra Prasad ( who also wrote the blockbuster hit 'Baahubali'). He has penned a cross-border tale with perfect concoction of various elements. However we are a tad disappointed with the predictable storyline! Also the film's music has failed to catch our attention except for the 'Selfie' song. Aseem Mishra's cinematography is worth praising!
Combo-on-Offer:Salman minus his onscreen histrionics+ emotions+ humour+ social message+ drama
Verdict: We give the film Claps for Salman's enduring avatar, his bonding with Harshaali, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and a social message without being too preachy. In a nutshell, for all 'Bhaijaan' fans this film is a perfect 'Eidi'!