Review: Little Girl named Shahida actual name Harshaali Malhotra a voiceless six years old girl from Pakistan who is visiting India with her mother and gets lost when she steps off a train which then speeds off. With no passport and no way to go back she follows Pawan or Bajrangi Bhaijaan performed by Salman Khan who ends up taking her to his home. Frustrated with the system’s inability to help Shahida, he takes it upon himself to reunite the girl with her parents in Pakistan.
As far as story goes this is simple enough. And in its very simplicity Bajrangi Bhaijaan tugs at the heartstrings.
Despite the emotional excess it arrives with the vital dosage of entertainment and enough colorful songs to keep you entertained all the way till end.
Director Kabir Khan who is known for films that often take on thorny issues such as terrorism addresses full India Pakistan ties. Full credit to director for taking it on without turning the film into a preachy chat.
There are several tried and tested Bollywood tools at play including a quick flashback that establishes Pawan’s character.
The audience meets a charming loser known for his devotion to the monkey god.
This is what results in the name lovingly given to him Bajrangi Bhaijaan. It is at a colorful festival honoring the monkey god that Shahida finds him.
All eyes have been on this movie as it features the controversial superstar who was recently found guilty in a September 2002 hit and run accident case and Khan pulls off one of his career’s best performances without taking off his shirt.
Child star Malhotra who gets as much screen time as Khan without the luxury of delivering dialogue holds her own throughout film.
With her lovable face and her soulfully expressive eyes she turns her performance into a visual treat that explores a canvas beyond words.
When Shahida and Pawan arrive in Pakistan without any document they end up in jail. A reporter called Chand Nawab finds and helps them.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui does justice to a role that is inspired by a real life television reporter whose piece to camera clip went viral on YouTube.
In the ultimate tribute this clip is revisited in full in this film and provides much needed laughs.
When the odds are stacked against this unlikely trio bound by a strange sequence of events you sit there in the hall with clenched fists hoping it will all end well because what you see are three beautiful souls trapped by circumstances way beyond their control.