A Pakistani girl, Shahida (portrayed by Harshaali Malhotra), gets lost at the border of India and Pakistan when she is returning with her mother back to Pakistan after her visit to Delhi. She is speech-impaired and her mother had taken her to Delhi, India to the famous Hazrat Nisamuddin Auliya’s Dargah (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nizamuddin_Dargah) where people believe that anything one asks is bestowed. Now the girl lost in a foreign nation without passport, boards another train that takes her to Kurukshetra and lands her at the steps of the lead actor, Pawan Kumar Chaturvedi AKA Bajrangi (Portrayed by Salman Khan).
Bajrangi is a simpleton who is ardent devotee of Shri Hanuman and likes to lead a life of honesty. He is in love with Rasika (portrayed by Kareena Kapoor), daughter of her father’s wrestler friend Dayanand (portrayed by Sharat Saxena). His goal is to make enough money in honest path so he can buy a house (a condition Rasika’s father wants him to fulfill) and get married to Rasika. When Shahida finds him, his simple life turns upside down in his attempt to get her safely back to her home in Pakistan.
In this journey, he finds that Shahida is a Muslim and not a Brahmin as he assumed, he steps into a Mosque to find her when she misses, fights with illegal child traders whom he believes them to take Shahida to Pakistan, stands by Shahida when Dayanand turns against him when he comes to know Shahida is a Muslim (Dayanand being a Brahmin) and even crosses border in illegal way into Pakistan for her. He doesn’t have a rosy path there either starting from the border security who initially hits him hard so he would go backto India to the local cops in Pakistan who brand him as an Indian spy to the disgruntled media reporter who follows him thru the difficulties he goes thru there to the political power who wants to jail him in Pakistan forever. All his hardhsips in the end pay off well and he succeeds in his mission to get Shahida to her home.
However, that’s not all he achieves. The disgruntled media reporter, Chand Nawab (portrayed by Nawazuddin Siddiqui) ends up helping Bajrangi when he comes to know the true story, tries to get it out across the world in order get help. With his quick wit Chand Nawab helps Bajrangi escape a few bumps too. His quirky role perfectly contrasted to the honest Bajrangi which added comedy in the midst of emotions. His youtueb upload finally catches sparks, spreading like wild fire across India and Pakistan, thus uniting the people and aiding Bajarngi in the end.
Amazing acting by the kid Harshaali as a speech-imapired person that brings quite a few tears in your eyes. Salman Khan was his best in this role compared to any in his past. No wonder this has become his highest grosser till date. Chand Nawab is a real Pakistani reporter that Nawazuddin portrays in the movie. His introduction scene was pictured exactly as it had happened for real in one of Chand Nawab’s report that he was airing. The timing of comedy in the movie adds another layer that only pleases your ears much more. And finally one cannot stop their tears towards the last half hour of the movie where the emotions of not just the actors but the people of two different countries are shown. Perhaps in reality the people really don’t hate each other, it’s the political drama that causes the rift. I like to believe that is the truth not just in movies.
All in all Salman Khan nailed the fact that not all is what it seems between the two countries, and every hurdle can be removed to make these two live together in peace. It’s a far far far away dream that is not unapproachable anymore.
A beautiful movie with equally good tunes. I particularly loved this Qawwali titled Bhar Do Jholi Meri that was Sung by Adnan Sani. Music was composed by Pritam and Lyrics penned by Kausar Munir. This is based on the traditional qawwali sung by Sabri brothers from Pakistan.
Here’s the video of original Chand Nawab that inspired the role and scene in the movie:
A comparison to both the real life Chand Nawab and reel life Chand Nawab with the same scene:
Lyrics in Romanized Hindi / Urdu:
Tere Darbaar Mein Dil Thaam Ke Woh Aata Hai; Jisko Tu Chaahe, Hey Nabi Tu Bulaata Hai
Bhar Do Jholi Meri Ya Muhammad, Laut Kar Main Naa Jaaunga Khali
Band Deedon Mein Bhar Daale Aansu; Sil Diye Maine Dardo Ko Dil Mein
Bhar Do Jholi Meri Ya Muhammad, Laut Kar Main Naa Jaaunga Khali; Khaali...
Khojte Khojte Tujhko Dekho; Kya Se Kya, Ya Nabi Ho Gaya Hoon
Kar De Karam Nabi, Mujhpe Bhi Zara Sa; Jab Talak Tu.. Jab Talak Tu..
Jaanta Hai Na Tu Kya Hai Dil Mein Mere; Bin Sune Gin Rahaa Hai Na Tu Dhadkane
Aye Nabi Haan Kabhi Toh Subah Aayegi
De Taras Kha Taras Mujhpe Aaka; Ab Lagaa Le Tu Mujhko Bhi Dil Se
Dum Dum Ali Ali Dum Ali Ali; Dum Ali Ali Dum Ali Ali