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Edge-of-the-seat masala entertainer

The blockbuster Bollywood Jodi of Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan brings us another edge-of-the-seat masala entertainer from the kitty of the director who broke quite a few records with his spy thriller 'Ek Tha Tiger', Kabir Khan. While the 2012 release had an Indian spy fall in love with a Pakistani spy, Khan in 2015 brings us 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan' yet again spreading the message of love between the two nations. The only difference here is that a speech impaired little Pakistani girl is lost in India and our Bhaijaan (who people consider as an incarnation of Hanuman – the monkey god) takes up the challenge of travelling to Pakistan and re-uniting her with the family across the border.

Yes, since two decades we are told to believe that Superstar Salman Khan can do anything and everything and we will blindly believe it till our last breadth. The most loved Khan of the nation who is himself struggling in real life for some redemption tries to help a charming little kid in reel and we love how the drama unfolds. Though the first half does get a little dull in parts, it's the second half that takes the film to another level with the twist, turns, a magical qawwali number and an unreal climax.

Unfortunately, our favourite Khan is ageing and it is clearly visible on the silver screen. However his flamboyant personality does bring the film to life and no one can take that away from him. His shirtless climax invites whistles in this one too. Mrs Khan has more of an extended cameo in the film with a half-baked romantic track as the focus of the film is completely different. However, she shines in whatever little she does. Harshaali is cuteness personified and you sure cannot take your eyes off her. Nawazuddin Siddiqui completely steals the show with his perfect Urdu diction and an unadulterated performance. Rest of the supporting cast too does their job well.

The family drama in the first half is not up director Khan's alley, however he shows his magic in the second half when our protagonists reach Pakistan. There are quite a few cinematic liberties that take which are absolutely forgiven in a Salman Khan starrer. If you manage to sail through half the film, the second half you cannot help but love. Editing is spot on and cinematography ace. A few dialogues are gems to be remembered and you will sure take them home with you. Music is decent.

To summarize it all, the verdict is that superstar Salman Khan is back to take his Eidi from the box office and with all love and good wishes, we are sure to make all the shows houseful for his latest release 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan' as well. And with a three Khan, siddiqui package, 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan' is a winner all the way.

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