Last Friday came as a great respite to the excitedly-waiting Salman’s fans. Eid isn’t accomplished unless ‘Bhaijaan’ dishes out his ‘Bollywood Tadka’. No matter even if the tadka tastes synonymous every time, people find it tasteful. But what I could pinpoint after around 3 hours of eye-to-eye contact with reeled Salman Khan was that, he, this time, wasn’t reiterated like in his last bunch of movies. “Kasam Bajrangbali ki”, I for the first time in last few years found Salman breaking his monotony. Elsewise, his movies were more of like same fragrance with distinct names.
A never-sweet Salman in his till date reel-journey exuded innocence and sweetness galore in Bajrangi Bhaijaan, which was quite a sharp deflection in his ‘dabanngi’ journey. No Salman’s movie reaches its climax unless minimum of one time is his shirt pulled off but ‘BB’ proved my perception as a delusion. Heartfelt Thanks to Kabir Khan for not being on this most-travelled path. Tri-series of Dabanng, Kick, Ek Tha Tiger, Ready and many such-likes had always narrated the violent, bold, rowdy and pun-player-kind-of Salman but ‘BB’ was undeniably a novel flavour to our taste. This time his quality of being innocent was the most surprising surprise any Salman’s fan could have ever got.
Let’s juxtapose ‘this’ and ‘that’ Salman to feel the revolution that Kabir Khan had made possible. Smallest of 20 minutes in Salman’s movie is at least about his ‘Deshi’ karate which was missing this time. His creepy yet witty dialogues have layered upon our Bollywood-loving part of the brain but we exited theatres this time with no added layer. I seriously wonder how ‘Bhaijaan’ would have managed to disintegrate his innate aggression and disguise in such dork and naïve personality. I till the last second of movie was in quest of ‘that’ Salman I’ve known for years but ‘this’ and ‘that’, to my pleasure, were poles apart, extracting out the appreciative words for Salman from me for the first time.
Coming to movie, I would call it a ‘V’ natured graph, with first half pacing down and down to shoot up in second half with Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s substantial role. Highlighting oneself in presence of Bollywood’s monarch Salman Khan is ‘Nawazuddin Siddiqui’ and I feel fully done having said this one powerful statement on his honour. Well, what shone throughout the movie was ‘Harshaali Malhotra’ (Munni), the Kashmir-beauty. For the pulchritude of Kashmiri girls is known to all and the character ‘Munni’ was archetypical. Needless to say, ‘Rashika’ (Kareena) like always was a sheer justifier to her role, although with not much to perform this time. Last but not the least, our very old but new avatar was Salman Khan who was phenomenal this time.
Keep coming up with novelty like this is all I would like to communicate to ‘Bhaijaan’
By Prerna Daga