“Bajrangi Bhaijaan”… A surprisingly effective return to masala roots

Bhaijaan is a hit with the masses and the critics. Read the review for this movie that eerily mirrors the life of the Khan without a plan by one of the most celebrated film critics in India, Bharadwaj Rangan.

Baradwaj Rangan

Spoilers ahead…

Bajrangi Bhaijaan surprised me in a lot of ways. For one, the flavour of masala here isn’t the flavour we usually associate with a Salman Khan movie. This isn’t outlandish – though that, when done well, can be worthwhile too. There’s a sense of sobriety here. The director is Kabir Khan. To say that this is the best work of his career isn’t saying much, considering his resume includes New York and Ek Tha Tiger. I’m inclined to think the writer KV Vijayendra Prasad – father of current national sensation, SS Rajamouli – has a lot to do with it. (There are traces of the Telugu hit Vikramarkudu, which Prasad co-wrote.) The genre is treated with respect, not just as an opportunity for a few winks – and the approach isn’t defensive, where you can practically hear the director say “I know this isn’t logical

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2 thoughts on ““Bajrangi Bhaijaan”… A surprisingly effective return to masala roots

    1. Hey…that was not written by me. It’s a reblog. I usually write an intro if it’s a reblog and give credit to whoever has written the blog. I don’t usually review movies…after all, who am I to judge somebody’s work! 🙂

      What I usually write are thoughts on the movies and how the ideas connect with us in some way!


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