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The film goes for the emotional jugular, relentlessly pulling at your heartstrings until you can take no more, but there are also a lot of laughs that balance the proceedings and stops it being a full on crying fest.
Despite good performances all around, it is Malhotra who plays Shahida alias Munni who steals the show.
In spite of some soppy dialogue and a jingoistic end, the film is an easy, breezy watch, which you might enjoy even if you are not a die-hard Salman Khan fan.
Bajrangi Bhaijaan is simplistic, occasionally silly, and tiringly over-stretched. It's also unashamedly manipulative. But it works.
As far as stories go, this is simple enough. And in its very simplicity, Bajrangi Bhaijaan tugs at the heartstrings.
Kabir Khan's attempts to foster bonhomie and empathy between the great subcontinental rivals are as touching as they are earnest.
Overall, Bajrangi Bhaijaan is an average film vying to be a great one. For Salman fans, this is not exactly a disappointment.
With high expectations surrounding the film's release, it manages to deliver on most counts.
It remains the kind of package perhaps only Bollywood could now pull together: a movie that feels calculated in its grand design, and yet which plays as wholly sincere and heartfelt on a scene-by-scene basis.
This film is a total package.
With Bajrangi, you meet a whole new Salman -- this is not the shirt-ripping, ab-flaunting, dialogue-maro-ing Khan but a simple, innocent and honest man, who fails, gets tricked and beaten up -- but [is] never shaken from his purpose.
Bajrangi Bhaijaan is totally dependent on Salman Khan's superstardom and he pulls it off provided you overlook his in-your-face 'bhai' act in some scenes.
Salman fans might find it extraordinary (and possibly Salman is the only reason that made the movie such a huge blockbuster), but there's nothing (be it story, action sequences/stunts, execution or performances) beyond ordinary in this way-below-average flick.
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