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|Directed by||Kabir Khan|
|Produced by||Salman Khan
|Screenplay by||K. V. Vijayendra Prasad
|Story by||K. V. Vijayendra Prasad|
|Edited by||Rameshwar S. Bhagat|
|Distributed by||Eros International|
|Budget||₹90 crore(US$13 million)|
|Box office||est. ₹626 crore(US$93 million)|
Bajrangi Bhaijaan (English translation: Brother Bajrangi) is a 2015 Indiandrama film directed by Kabir Khan. Scripted by K. V. Vijayendra Prasad, the film was produced by Salman Khan and Rockline Venkatesh. It stars Salman Khan and Harshaali Malhotra, with Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Kareena Kapoor Khan in supporting roles. Khan stars as Bajrangi, an ardent devotee of Hindudeity Hanuman, who embarks on taking a mute six-year old Pakistani girl (Malhotra) separated in India from her parents back to her hometown in Pakistan.
Made on a budget of ₹90 crore, the principal photography commenced in November 2014. The cinematography was done by Aseem Mishra and was edited by Rameshwar S. Bhagat. The soundtrack was composed by Pritam, who collaborated with Julius Packiam to score the background music. The film was released worldwide on 17 July 2015 and grossed approximately₹626 crore worldwide and became the second highest grossing Indian film at the time, behind PK.
In October 2015, the film was broadcast on Star Gold and became the most watched Bollywood movie in the history of television. It had 15.5 TRP in its world television premier beating the previous record held by the film 3 Idiots.The film was nominated for Best Film and Best Actor in the 61st Britainia Filmfare Awards, as well as other categories, and bagged the Filmfare Award for Best Story. The film has garnered the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment at the 63rd National Film Awards.
In Sultanpur, a picturesque village in Azad Kashmir, villagers gather to watch a televised cricket match between India and Pakistan. Among them is a pregnant woman (Meher Vij) who, after giving birth, names her daughter Shahida after Shahid Afridi, the player who wins the game for Pakistan. One afternoon, Shahida (Harshaali Malhotra), now six years old, falls off a cliff and is saved by an overhanging tree. Shahida being mute was not able to call for help. Since Shahida’s father, a former Pakistani army man, is unlikely to be granted an Indian visa, her concerned mother takes her to the shrine of Sufi saint Nizamuddin Auliya in Delhi, hoping it will restore Shahida’s speech.
Returning from Delhi, the train stops for repairs just short of the Wagah crossing and Shahida gets off to save a lamb. The train drives off before Shahida can re-board it. Shahida boards a freight train, and winds up in Kurukshetra, Haryana. There, she meets Pawan Kumar Chaturvedi alias Bajrangi (Salman Khan), a devout Brahmin and an ardent devotee of the Hindu deity Hanuman. He calls Shahida “Munni” and tries in vain to find where she lives.
In sequences of flashback, it is revealed that Bajrangi has been a disappointment to his father, because Bajrangi failed his school exams ten times. When Bajrangi finally graduates on his eleventh try, his father dies of shock. Bajrangi, looking for a job, goes to the house of his father’s friend and wrestling coach, Dayanand (Sharat Saxena), in Delhi. Having spent time together with his daughter Rasika (Kareena Kapoor Khan), they fall in love with each other and Dayanand promises Rasika’s hand in marriage on the condition that Bajrangi get a job and a separate house for himself.
In the present, Bajrangi brings Munni to meet Dayanand, who lets Munni stay, believing that with her fair complexion, Munni must be a Brahmin as well. Munni gets accustomed to being part of the household. It is eventually revealed that Munni is a Pakistani Muslim as she performs Salah at a mosque, and cheers for Shahid Afridi and kisses the Pakistani national flag during a televised India-Pakistan cricket match. An enraged Dayanand orders Bajrangi to make arrangements to have her sent to Pakistan through the Pakistani High Commission, where Bajrangi’s pleading fails. He is betrayed by a local travel agent who claims to be able to take Munni to Pakistan without a passport but actually takes her to a brothel, causing him to destroy the brothel and beat up several of its occupants. Bajrangi then vows to take Munni to her parents in Pakistan, in person and without a passport and visa.
Bajrangi and Munni are able to enter Pakistan. Shortly after their arrival, Bajrangi is arrested under suspicions of being an Indian spy. He escapes with Munni and meets Chand Nawab (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), a journalist who works for a Pakistani television channel. Nawab has closely been following the developments. Moved by the story, Nawab joins Bajrangi to help him find Munni’s parents. They are joined by an Islamic religious scholar (Om Puri), who helps them avoid capture by police. He directs the group to Azad Kashmir after Munni recognizes an area similar to her hometown in a photo from a calendar.
Nawab documents their journey on video, but his television station channel head (Harssh A. Singh) refuses to air it. Disappointed, he uploads the video to YouTube. While reviewing the footage, Munni recognizes her mother walking by in the background. With a bus driver’s assistance, the trio identify Sultanpur as Munni’s hometown. They board a bus to Sultanpur, and are stopped by police who are looking for “the Indian spy”. Devising a plan to divert their attention, Bajrangi gets off the bus and runs toward the jungle in full view. He gets tracked down, beaten, and shot in the arm. Meanwhile, Nawab and Munni reach Sultanpur, where Munni is finally reunited with her mother.
The videos uploaded by Nawab go viral throughout India and Pakistan. A compassionate senior officer, Hamid Khan (Rajesh Sharma), realizes that Bajrangi is innocent, and has him released, defying the order to keep him in jail, which he felt would be petty on the part of Pakistan. Responding to a call by Nawab, thousands of Pakistanis and Indians congregate at Narowal Check Post, where Bajrangi is to return to India. As Bajrangi crosses the border, Shahida, who is also in the crowd, runs toward the fence and cries out for him with her now regained speech. Bajrangi and Shahida run towards each other and embrace.
- Salman Khan as Pawan Kumar Chaturvedi alias Bajrangi Bhaijaan, a good-for-nothing but a pure hearted devotee ofLord Hanuman, who tries to get Munni back to her home in Pakistan
- Harshaali Malhotra as Shahida alias Munni, a mute girl from Pakistan lost in India, with no way to get back home. However, is helped by Bajrangi after being insulted for being a Pakistani
- Kareena Kapoor as Rasika, Bajrangi’s love interest and Dayanand’s daughter, Bajrangi tries to arrange money so that he can marry her. She motivates him to take care of Munni
- Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Chand Nawab, a Pakistani reporter, who often fails to get news for channel he works for, He initially thinks of Bajrangi as a spy, but supports him when finds out the truth
- Meher Vij as Rasia, Shahida’s Mother, She takes Shahida/Munni to Nizamuddin Dargah in New Delhi hoping that she’d gain her voice but ends up losing her in India, and authorities not allowing her to get back with her
- Kushaal Pawar as Kamil Yusuf, Chand Nawab’s cameraman, he’s captured by police to find whereabouts of Bajrangi, Chand Nawab & Shahida as they suspect that Bajrangi is a spy
- Mir Sarwar as Rauf, Shahida’s Father
- Kamlesh Gill in a special appearance in the train to Delhi
- Om Puri in a special appearance as Maulana, a religious scholar
- Sharat Saxena as Dayanand, Rasika’s father
- Alka Kaushal as Rasika’s mother
- Adnan Sami in a guest appearance in the song “Bhardo Jholi Meri”
- Rajesh Sharma as senior Pakistani Police Officer Hamid Khan
- Krunal Pandit as the travel agent in Delhi
- Mursaleen Qureshi as Border Agent Boo Ali
- Manoj Bakshi as Police Inspector Qureshi
- Harssh A. Singh as Channel Head Shamsher Ali
The principal photography began on 3 November 2014 in New Delhi, with Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan participating. The second filming schedule took place at the ND Studios, Karjat. The third schedule of the film was held in Mandawa,Rajasthan. On 7 January 2015, Khan was seen on the top of castle of Mandawaplaying cricket with a young boy. On 10 January 2015, Khan shot with school students in Rajasthan‘s Jhunjhunu district. Shooting of the film was completed on 20 May. Some scenes of the film were shot at Khan’s Panvel farm house. Shooting of Bajrangi Bhaijaan also took place in Kashmir Valley in places like Sonmarg and Zoji La. The film’s climax scene was shot at Sonmarg near the Thajiwas glacier (at 10,000 ft above sea level) with around 7,000 people. Nawazuddin Siddiqui‘s character Chand Nawab was inspired by a real character Chaand Nawab, who was with Karachi-based Indus News in 2008.
|Soundtrack album by Pritam|
|Released||8 July 2015|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
The movie includes the qawwali “Bhardo Jholi Meri Ya Muhammad” sung by the Sabri Brothers. The qawwali was revamped with the voice of Adnan Sami Khan. EMI Pakistan and Amjad Sabri qawwal, heir to the Sabri brothers, have called for legal action against the producers of the film and the qawwali in separate instances.
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