Bajrangi Bhaijaan – Bollywood Movie Review
Director Kabir Khan’s “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” is a feel-good movie, a fairytale of sorts, where the audience is moved to overlook its many flaws, in pursuit of its worthy goal, overcoming prejudices and stereotypes about religion, nationality, food and more, and in favor of doing the right thing, in favor of peace between nations, and between people divided by political hateful propaganda and misinformation.
Despite the usual flawless acting by Salman Khan and gorgeous Kareena Kapoor in supporting role, in this movie, it is Harshaali Malhotra who steals hearts. Malhotra plays the role of a little deaf girl, accidently left behind in India, by her Pakistani mother. Bajrangi (Khan), a truth loving, Hanumaan devotee, puts his entire life on hold and his future well-being at stake, to undertake the arduous journey to Pakistan, to bring the girl back to her homeland, to her parents. Aided by the Pakistani folks, Bajrangi makes the journey where stereotypes fall by the wayside, and individual human relationships transcend national hate.
I rate the movie as 3.9 on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being excellent. Even though I don’t rate it higher than 4, I would say that this is a must-watch movie, just to see Harshaali Malhotra. Her gorgeous winning smile, beautiful eyes, and playful gestures will steal your heart; whether she is pampering little goats or following Bajrangi until he accepts her responsibility or silently pleading him to lie to the authorities (which he principally will not), or making sweet innocent gestures of “OoofOOO here he goes again” when Bajrangi will stick to the truth and incur the wrath from the border patrol. I would watch it again, just to see this cute little girl.