‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ was released in cinemas last year in July during the Hari Raya celebrations. It is a known fact that big Salman Khan movies are always released during the Eid period in India. Though Salman Khan is not as popular as Shah Rukh Khan is in Malaysia, many Malaysians are starting to love him more after seeing him in ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’. In fact, this craze did not start when the film released in cinemas in July 2015. It started months later, when word of mouth helped promote this film. Why is this movie loved so much? What’s so special about it? Why have those that watched it fallen in love with Salman Khan? Let’s find out.
1) Looking For Something Different? This Is It!
If you are familiar with Bollywood films, you will know how the films have drastically undergone changes to appeal more to audiences. It was a trend that started not long ago and the quality appears to be getting worse though. However, that does not mean that the films should no longer be watched. Lo and behold, here comes ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’!
2) Innocence In Its Purest Form
‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ takes the meaning of innocence to a whole new level. The two main characters in the film include a 40-year old man and a mute little girl. Munni, the little girl, picks Pawan, the 40-year old man, out from a crowd full of people. It would have been a different story had she chosen someone else, but in reality, who really chooses a random guy when you can have Salman Khan?
3) Special Connection
Throughout the film, audience of all ages, feel connected to Munni and Pawan in a way and empathise with what these two characters are going through. After all, it is human nature to be upset when witnessing something bad happening to innocent people.
4) Not Your Typical Bollywood Love Story – It’s A Friendship Story
For once a Hindi film featuring a Bollywood superstar, the focus is entirely on a little girl instead of the actress, who plays the superstar’s love interest, – essayed by Kareena Kapoor. ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ is not a typical love story, it’s a story about friendship and humanity.
5) Being Human
It’s a known fact that the relationship between the residents of Pakistan and India have not been friendly. On top of being a Pakistani, Munni is also a Muslim in this film. For Pawan to accept and understand this girl, it goes against what he has always believed in as a religious man. In a turn of events, Pawan finds himself willing to do anything to get Munni back to her hometown himself.
6) Emotional Storyline
‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ tells the story of Pawan, a religious Hindu man in India, and Munni, a mute Pakistani Muslim girl, who was on her way back to Pakistan from India with her mother when an unfortunate event caused her to be left behind in India alone. Since Munni is a Muslim, Pawan finds himself in situations that he has never landed in before. But for the sake of Munni, he endures all the situations he’s put in that goes against everything he stood for before.
7) A Learning Experience
‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ can be used as a manual on how humans should help one another without the interference of race, religion and politics. In the film, a Hindu man from India helps a little Muslim girl from Pakistan as an act of humanity. In a country that is dominated by three different races, the act of helping someone without thinking of their race or religion is something that Malaysians can identify with.
8) Salman Khan
While most actors have opted to join the trend of making modern films in a bid to be more popular, Salman Khan has always been one actor, who refused to have anything vulgar in his films. As for playing Pawan in ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’, Salman Khan showed his acting capability after a long time and that too, at the age of 50 years old.
9) Harshali Malhotra
Harshali Malhotra is so good in her acting debut, as Munni, that people think she’s really mute and from Pakistan. But no, it’s just how good she is as an actress. ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ relies heavily on her performance to ignite the emotions that the film is trying to convey. Not to forget that once the movie was over, everyone forgot Kareena Kapoor was part of the film!
10) Box Office Hit!
The film’s success all over the world is truly deserving because it’s the kind of film that is meant to be watched by millions of people, irrespective of your status. ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ became the highest grossing Indian film worldwide in the first week it released by beating Aamir Khan’s ‘PK’, which has been the highest grossing film since its release in 2014.