Bajrangi Bhaijaan

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bajrangi= Movie Reviews by ZenParent

With his larger-than-life image, Salman Khan is quite a favourite with kids. Bajrangi Bhaijaan starring Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor in the lead roles, directed by Kabir Khan is a conventional Bollywood simplistic family movie.

Salman Khan plays the role of a simpleton who goes by the rules, is innocent, guileless, sometimes silly and avidly worships Lord Hanuman. In fact, his commitment towards Lord Hunuman is so intense, that people start calling him Bajrangi. On his father’s insistence, Bajrangi goes to Delhi, looking for a job. That is where he meets Rasika (played by Kareena Kapoor), a gorgeous Brahmin girl from Lucknow, who has also just shifted to Chandni Chowk with her father.

The story takes shape when Bajrangi goes to Kurukshetra, pursuing his worship for Lord Hanuman and bumps into a six year old speech impaired girl, Shahida (played by Harshali Malhotra) from Pakistan, who is separated from her mother while crossing the border. Bajrangi being the usual supportive self decides to help the girl and offers to help her reunite with her family. They try various ways of doing it lawfully, but all efforts fall flat. That is when Bajrangi decides to cross the border and search for her family himself. Even though he does not have a passport or a visa, and faces several barriers along the way, he is undeterred. After facing several difficulties, Bajrangi finally manages to reunite the girl with her family and also, along the way, manages to bridge gaps between India and Pakistan.

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The movie is based on a simple story with a positive message on secularism and oneness. Shahida’s role might stir your child’s emotions at times and he/ she might want to be cuddled and comforted. But otherwise the plot is highly entertaining with several humorous scenes interspersed, gravity defying stunts from Salman, good songs and dances and some amazing aerial shots of Kashmir, capturing its diverse beauty.

You can take the opportunity to discuss the political tension between India and Pakistan over the issue of Jammu and Kashmir, with your child. How Pakistan was originally part of India and what happened during partition immediately after independence. Go ahead make the most of the storyline in the movie to give your child an interesting take from history.