Today I saw an extraordinary film by the maker of Kabul Express, New York, and Ek Tha Tiger— Kabir Khan is impacting the eyes of all Hindus and Muslims around the world with his film, Bajrangi Bhaijaan.
It’s 2015 and we’re all taking selfies, constantly on the internet reading the next trending topic, and constantly clicking and sharing! But at the end of the day we still go back to our roots of what we have been taught. What kind of beliefs we should hold, who are ‘bad’ people and who are ‘good’ people. What we should do in our lives and so on. We are all taught from our parents how we should perceive life.
Kabir Khan touched upon all these topics in a very beautiful way and nothing but a standing ovation came from the audience at the end of the film.
Typically when I write a review, I discuss the technicalities, like the cinematography, dialogue, acting, and music, but I looked passed all those aspects while watching this film today. I was a hundred percent engrossed in the film as if I was a part of the journey.
We are shown multiple shades of Salman Khan’s character, Pavan aka: Bajrangi Bhaijaan. Pavan is a strong believer in Hinduism, more specifically in Lord Hanuman Ji from the Hindu mythology. A lost Muslim girl Munni, from Kashmir lands in India and simply wants to reach back home. It’s what is shown to us from there though that shakes the audience up.
We are not told to change our beliefs or change the way we pray. We are not told that Hindus are wrong or that Muslims are wrong. We are told to to simply love.
There were many scenes and dialogues that stood out to me, and one was when the media got involved in this story between Bajrangi, Muni and Chandan played by Nawazuddin Sidiqui. The three of them realize that media people will only press hate, not love. We as the audience only enjoy discussing all the bad things going on in the world, but very little of the good deeds that occur. Another part of the film that gives you pure goosebumps is during the song, Bhar Do Jholi sung by Adnan Sami who is featured in the song itself. This song is shot at a Masjid where Bajrangi is seeking for an answer to take Munni home. His travel partner Chandan says to him that, “all these days even if you looked at a Masjid you would turn your face away, what has changed your mind from not doing so now?” Bajrangi says to him, “today I will go to every Masjid there is to take Munni home.”
I could go on and apologies, as I dislike giving away the story of films in my review.
Even if this film seems to heavy or too touchy of a topic, once in awhile it is okay to watch a film that shows partial reality. In all honesty, most of us would rather watch a film that shows us the right way of life vs. being part of a drawing room discussion and voicing our opinions.
I feel no need to rate the film, but no doubt this film deserves beyond a five-star review. I hope everyone from all around the world will watch Bajrangi Bhaijaan! And don’t forget it is a Salman Khan film, so it has a touch of comedy, happiness, and some really fun songs to dance to at your next dance party! At the same time though, grab a few tissues, you may cry a bit, plus you will be ‘awwing’ at the little girl, Harshaali Malhotra who plays, Munni!
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