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Bajrangi Bhaijaan Movie Review (Story, Plot, Suspense, Mistakes and Climax Revealed


CAST: Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Harshaali Malhotra, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sharat Saxena, Om Puri
DIRECTION: Kabir Khan
GENRE: Drama
DURATION: 2 hours 39 minutes

MEET A NEW SALMAN KHAN!

STORY: 
Devout Bajrangi meets a speech-impaired child in India, separated from her family - in Pakistan. Can Bajrangi ensure she gets home safely - and he does too?

REVIEW: So, Bajrangi Bhaijaan is Salman Khan's most daring film where Salman presents a beautiful performance - but allows the story to be the real dabangg. Pawan (Salman) aka 'Bajrangi' is a devout Shri Hanuman bhakt who meets a speech-impaired child (Harshaali) wandering alone, hungry and silent. Bajrangi decides to help the child, whom he calls Munni, return to her family - which is in Pakistan.
Facing borders and biases, lacking a visa, called a spy, can Bajrangi get Munni home - and return to India himself?

With Bajrangi, you meet a whole new Salman - this is not the shirt-ripping, ab-flaunting, dialogue-maro-ing Khan but a simple, innocent and honest man, who fails, gets tricked and beaten up - but never shaken from his purpose. With gentleness and no gimmicks, Salman puts on a polished, luminous performance - and is matched by little Harshaali, whose vulnerability and warmth are amazing.

Add a crackling Nawazuddin, as small-time Pakistani journalist Chand Nawab, hungry for 'Bariking News' but moved beyond TRPs by Bajrangi's quest, and the screen's alight with lovely acting, with a hilarious 'Begum', a child who glows and wanes like the sun, humans who treasure humanity beyond barbed wire and border guards.

Alongside memorable performances (Om Puri chuckles through a Maulvi cameo while Sharat Saxena wrestles with prejudice as Bajrangi's potential father-in-law), the story features gentle comedy - Bajrangi's chats with Pakistan's border security are hilarious - and soulful qawallis. Its beautiful visuals travel unobtrusively from mohallas to mountain peaks, across priceless moments including Bajrangi's panic-struck stammering to pretty fiance Rasika (Kareena), "Munni, woh, woh - woh hai!"

The plot could be tighter, sagging slightly until Nawaz's lively entry. However, you see a director evolve - Kabir Khan's fascination with borders shows again, but while his Ek Tha Tiger was a glamorous cosmopolitan cocktail, Bajrangi Bhaijaan is a pure South Asian jalebi, rounded, warm, simple and sweet. Kabir captures the tension of India-Pakistan without negativity and with soft charm, skillfully using a superstar as an actor, a child artist as a superstar and a border as a muse that opens up the world.

Bajrangi Bhaijaan emphasizes how, amidst visas and wars, there are also angels about who don't see doors. They see homes, lives and children - and sometimes, children see angels too.

It makes a beautiful, mubarak point - one that's very dabangg too.
Spoiler alert! Please do not read the following plot summary if you have not seen the film.
PLOT SUMMARY 

In the snowy hills of Sultanpur village in Pakistan, some villagers are watching a cricket match and an expectant mother's baby kicks when Shahid Afridi makes runs. The family jokes that a son will now be named Shahid. A few years later, the baby has grown up to be a little girl called Shahida (Harshaali), wandering on the hills, playing with sheep. Her father tells her to go home and she sets off but has an accident and rolls down a hill onto a cliff.

Her desperate parents find her - but she's lost the power of speech. Her parents want to take her to Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya's dargah in Delhi to pray for her speech being returned. Her father knows he won't get a visa, having been a soldier, so her mother decides to take Shahida on her own.

They travel on the Samjhauta Express and visit the blessed dargah in Delhi. On the way back, the train halts and everyone's asleep when Shahida sees a lamb outside and leaves the train to play with it. The train suddenly starts and leaves, Shahida left horror-struck but unable to speak out to her mother. Miserable, Shahida climbs onto another train which reaches Kurukshetra where she gets off, even as her mother discovers she's missing and begs the officials at Pakistan's junction to let her go back to find her.

In Kurukshetra, devout Shri Hanuman bhakt Pawan aka Bajrangi (Salman) is dancing merrily with other worshippers. Shahida spots and follows the simple and honest Bajrangi. He goes for lassi and lunch to a dhaba where he sees Shahida staring at him. He orders food for the child and discovers she can't speak. He assumes she's Hindu and separated from her parents. He buys her a Bajrang Bali pendant to protect her from harm and takes her to the local police station where he files a 'missing child' complaint. However, the policeman refuses to keep the child there, saying he can't guarantee her safety and tells Bajrangi to take her home until her family arrives.

On the way to Delhi by bus, Bajrangi quizzes the little girl he calls Munni to find out which city she's from, but she doesn't respond to any Indian town names. The people on the bus are intrigued and Bajrangi tells them he himself is from Pratapgarh, where, constantly failing at school and wrestling, he was a total disappointment to his father, the local postmaster and shakha head. When Bajrangi manages to pass class 10 after failing 10 times, his father is so shocked, he passes on, but only after telling Bajrangi to go to his friend Dayanand (Sharat) in Delhi for a job.

Bajrangi meets the pretty Rasika (Kareena) on a bus in Delhi where he insists they split change over a ticket. She tries to shake him off but finds him in her own haveli, advising her father on how to wrestle. Rasika thinks Bajrangi has come there to harass her but it turns out her father is Dayanand and so, Bajrangi is invited to stay with them. Slowly, over Delhi's sights and sounds, Rasika and Bajrangi fall in love and Rasika rejects an arranged marriage proposal, choosing Bajrangi. Her father tells Bajrangi he has six months to prove himself worthy and put down money for a house deposit. Bajrangi tells the bus he's nearly got the money together and there are just two months left.

But first, he'd like to find Munni's family.

Bajrangi takes Munni back to Rasika's home where the child can't speak and finds the vegetarian food unappealing. One day, Munni smells chicken being cooked in the Muslim home next door and Bajrangi is shocked to find her there, eating non-veg! But Rasika calms him down and they take Munni for a chicken meal to a dhaba. Munni picks up some bangles without paying from a stall and to apologise for this, Bajrangi takes her to a temple - but Munni walks into a nearby mosque and starts to pray, shocking Bajrangi. Rasika again tells him her religion doesn't matter and he need not tell her conservative father that Munni is Muslim.

But during an India-Pakistan match, Munni cheers for Pakistan and Shahid Afridi and the family discovers she's Pakistani. Dayanand insists Bajrangi take Munni to the Pakistan Embassy to return her home but the Embassy, facing a riot over returning an Indian captive, shuts down for a month. Bajrangi takes Munni to a travel agent who promises to have her sent to Pakistan illegally and takes the money Bajrangi has saved as his fees. Both Bajrangi and Munni weep bitterly at being separated but Bajrangi thinks this is essential for the child's welfare.

On the way home, seeing the bangles the little girl liked, Bajrangi follows the travel agent with these to give them to Munni - and is horrified to find the agent has taken the child to a brothel. Bajrangi beats up the touts and the travel agent and rescues Munni.

He's determined to take her to Pakistan safely himself now. Rasika supports his decision.

Bajrangi and Munni reach Rajasthan where a tout in the desert says he will take them across for 50,000 rupees. He takes them under the sands and border wires through tunnels - but emerging in Pakistan, Bajrangi insists he'll now proceed with the Pak guards' permission. The Pakistani guards can't understand this man and beat him up but finally, they're convinced by his honesty and let him proceed. Bajrangi and Munni are at a dhaba where Munni steals a local cop's handcuffs, thinking they're bangles. The cops search the two and Bajrangi says honestly he's Indian and has come without a visa across the sands to help Munni reach her home.

They're instantly arrested on charge of being spies and a local TV news journalist Chand Nawab (Nawazuddin) starts filing a report right outside the police station. In the police station, Munni sees a calendar with a picture of mountains and indicates to Bajrangi that's her home. The irritated cops want to know why Munni can't speak but when they scare her, Bajrangi loses control and beats them up, escaping with Munni. Chand climbs onto a bus with them and tells the cops about this on his phone - but hearing Bajrangi's story, he changes his mind completely and decides to help the two. The whole bus is very moved and hides them when the police check the bus for the man now being called an Indian spy.

Chand helps Bajrangi shelter in a mosque where the Maulvi (Om Puri) gives them burqas to proceed. They manage to hitch a ride with an off-duty cop and say they're locals going to see their aged relative. They move towards the mountains where Munni's village is. Chand tries to get TV channels to show Bajrangi's story but they refuse, saying such emotional stories don't make news.

Bajrangi hears of Hazrat Amin Shah's dargah where separated people get united. He tells Chand they must take Munni there. Meanwhile, the cops have caught Kamil, Chand's cameraman, and beat him up. They make him ring Chand who tells Kamil they're going to the dargah - the cops follow. At the dargah, a beautiful qawalli is being sung and Bajrangi prays for Munni to meet her mother - who is praying at the same dargah to meet her child. Chand shoots a video in front of the local bus stop as buses pull in and tells Bajrangi's story, putting it online.

When Munni sees this video, she recognises her mother stepping out of a bus. The men ask the bus driver where he's coming from and Munni recognises the name of Sultanpur village. Bajrangi and Chand take Munni to Sultanpur - but on the way, police stop them. Bajrangi tells Chand he must take Munni on while he himself runs through the forest and is beaten and shot at by the guards.

Chand manages to get Munni back to her overjoyed mother but discovers Bajrangi has been put in jail and is being tortured to confess being an Indian spy. Chand rallies Indians and Pakistanis online and tells them to come to Narowal border to demand Bajrangi's release. In India, evidence is gathered to prove that Bajrangi is not a spy but has been working to get Munni back to her home. The cry for Bajrangi's release grows across both countries.

Rasika and her anxious family, her father now very appreciative of heroic Bajrangi, reach the Narowal border, as do Munni and her parents. Bajrangi is brought there by the cops who don't want to force a false confession from him as this will tarnish Pakistan. The cop tells the border guard to open the locks and let Bajrangi cross to India. The border guard hints that if the public takes over, this can happen. The Pakistanis storm the check-post and open the gate and Bajrangi moves over the border - Munni is trying desperately to call out to him and her voice is miraculously restored when she shouts to him. Bajrangi is delighted to see her and embraces her with great love before he returns to his people in India.
Mistakes/GOOFS
1Munni's mother is totally distraught when her daughter gets left behind in India - but why is no report made about this to the Pakistan High Commission in India, which would make the staff aware of the lost child when Bajrangi brings her there?
2Chand's cameraman Kamil rings him at the dargah with the cops and Chand tells him they've left - but the qawalli from the dargah is playing clearly behind both men. Surely Kamil would know Chand is still in the dargah!
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