Review : Director Kabir Khan, like all his films so far, has yet again set his story against the strained relations between India and Pakistan. But Bajrangi Bhaijaan, amongst other sub-plots, is a tale of love which drives an Indian to go the full hog and send a displaced Pakistani girl back to her home soil.
The loopholes in the script are too many and while it is evident that the director seems hell bent on squeezing a lump out of your throat, he goes overboard in the last 5 minutes of the film in a scene which bears resemblance to the far-superior Taare Zameen Par. Perhaps, it wouldn't have done Kabir Khan any harm to learn a few lessons from Aamir Khan. But where Kabir Khan scores high is the genuinely sweet and heart-warming bond the two protagonists, Bajrangi and Shahida, share. Your heart pours out just to the sight of Bajrangi carrying Shahida on his shoulders like a fatherly figure and this is the only reason why Bajrangi Bhaijaan is fun to watch, even if in parts.
Salman Khan has delivered a calculated and measured performance minus the shirt-opening and mindless action scenes, which surprisingly comes off as pretty effective. Nawazuddin Siddiqui is brilliant and has yet again shown how to hold one's own even against a man of Salman Khan's stature. The three of them together give us some of the best moments of the film. The real star of the film, however, is Harshali Malhotra. She conveys volumes through her eyes without ever uttering a word. And while it is undoubtedly hard to resist her cuteness, one cannot deny she is a good actor too.
I'm going with 3/5 for Bajrangi Bhaijaan. It is a far-from-perfect film which despite its far-fetched scenarios, works to a certain extent because of its inherent sincerity. Make sure you carry a box of tissue papers along for the film.