Bajrangi Bhaijaan - External Reviews

wogma rating: Watch when on TV (?)
quick review:

The sentiment carries the film rather than the star, for a change. Yet, film too long to do justice to a theater outing.

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35 reviewers have given Bajrangi Bhaijaan an average rating of 4.1/5.0 (?)

25 yays
2 nays
8 so-so

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So-So by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...It’s a good thing this scene came after I had already dissolved into a puddle of tears as I watched Bajrangi Bhaijaan. My vision of that long-drawn-out climax is clouded by the tears and laughter that preceded it, by the touching transformation of the prejudiced and insular Bajrangi as a result of his encounter with Shahida, and by those two rockstars Harshaali and Nawaz.... full review

Thumbs up by Naresh Kumar Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice ...he message is: love and humanity is above religion and nationality. ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ is Salman Khan and Kabir Khan’s best work to date. It definitely deserves a viewing. ... full review

Thumbs up by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...In the end for the readers who wish to know about its box office prospects, who can stop a film made with all noble intentions releasing on the auspicious occasion of EID along with the title remembering the most beloved Hindu deity LORD HANUMAN. So go for it at the earliest and a have good time with Harshali, Salman and Nawazuddin taking you along into Pakistan.... full review

Thumbs up by Bodrul Chaudhury, Bolly Spice ...Overall, if you scrutinise the film as a whole, Bajrangi Bhaijaan is a 3 and a half star film respectively. However, I am giving an extra half a star specifically to Salman Khan. He has surprisingly exceeded expectations with this film and has thereby both produced and starred in a film with a soul and an emotionally charged message for the citizens of two nations who have fought bitterly for so long.... full review

Thumbs up Bollywood Hungama ...On the whole, BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN is a not to be missed 'Eid' treat from Salman Khan and Kabir Khan. The film is a surefire hit and has got 'B-L-O-C-K-B-U-S-T-E-R' written all over it. This film easily qualifies to be Salman Khan's BEST movie till date, featuring his career's best performance. The film wins you over completely. Do not skip.... full review

Thumbs up by Tushar Joshi, Bollywood Life ...Surrender yourself to Bajrangi Bhaijaan and let him win you over with his child-like charm. A must watch for those who complained that Salman doesn’t try anything different, Bajrangi Bhaijaan is the ticket to buy this weekend!... full review

Thumbs up by Tania Rana, BookmyShow ...With so much to offer, there isn’t one reason why you shouldn’t watch this film. A strong social message, a good story line, great performances and entertaining scenes with just the correct amount of emotional dose. It’s worth your buck! Salman Khan may have just presented us with Bajrangi Bhaijaan as our Eiddi for this year’s EID! So, book your tickets soon, we hear seats are filling fast! ... full review

Thumbs down by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah ...Kabir Khan, who had made relatively sophisticated films so far, goes full massy with this film, playing on Salman Khan’s strengths and star power. Only habitual scene-stealer Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and to some extent, Om Puri in a tiny part as a maulvi leave their mark in this Salmanfest. The Kareena Kapoor character might as well have been left on the editing room floor, so redundant is her part. ... full review

Thumbs up by Suparna Sharma, Deccan Chronicle ...Kabir Khan’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan is so well thought through, written and directed that while it entertains and makes us invest heavily in its story and characters, it also tickles our hypocrisies and prejudices. ... full review

Thumbs up by Shefali Saxena, Desi Martini ...Bajrangi Bhaijaan has all the potential to break box-office records, or let me say, it definitely will!... full review

Thumbs up by Parichay Mehta, Desi Martini ...Salman Khan's Finest Movie Till Date.... full review

Thumbs up by Smita Vyas Kumar, Desi Martini ...A solid story well told, an angelic child and Salman. What can go wrong?... full review

Thumbs up by Sarita A Tanwar, DNA ...Bajrangi Bhaijaan is the best Salman Khan film in recent years. And the perfect film this festive season. Go for it! ... full review

Thumbs up by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...For once, being a Salman Khan fan doesn’t matter. Regardless of how you feel about the man, you will fall in love with his performance and his film. It’s the best offering of his career. It’s a solid entertainer and its emotional depth will sweep you off your feet.... full review

Thumbs down by MIhir Fadnavis, FirstPost ...Has Kieslowski, with his profound understanding of life,explored any of these themes, let alone in a single movie? Of course not. Bhai rocks.... full review

Thumbs up by Gayatri Gauri, FirstPost ...Does this simple story bordering on the dumb with a simpleton character work? Strangely, yes. Thanks to Khan’s uncharacteristic convincing performance and intelligent direction by the Ek Tha Tiger director who seemed to have forgotten his craft after his first film, Kabul Express.... full review

So-So by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal ...Aseem Mishra’s cinematography captures the natural beauty of the valley in all it’s vibrancy. Salman Khan doesn’t have much to do other than lend his starry aura to a film that is much more interested in augmenting his personality than in providing the audience with something credible or believable. It’s quite easy to see through the motives of this film-making exercise..i.e if you want to. Then again, it wouldn’t surprise me , if more than half of my fellow brethren went ga-ga over this either!... full review

So-So Free Press Journal ...But ignore the illogical leaps and the tendency to sink into farce – especially in the second half in which Bajrangi, with the help of a small-time Pakistani journalist Chand Nawab (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), faces many obstacles in the process of locating Munni’s family – you might enjoy parts of Bajrangi Bhaijaan.... full review

Thumbs up by Josh, fullhyd.com ...Yes, everything about Bajrangi Bhaijaan is pretty good - the cinematography, the editing, the songs, the score et al. However, nothing is superlative. Except, maybe, Salman Khan and the delightful Harshali Malhotra. They give great performances individually, and together concoct a warmth that you have to care about. Kabir Khan ought to take a bow for putting it all together and making it work.... full review

So-So by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ...BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN plays on your emotions and tugs at your heart. Hours after you walk out of the theatre, the performances by Harshaali Malhotra and Nawazuddin Siddiqui stay with you.... full review

So-So by Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times ...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. It's an entertaining film for sure, definitely in the not-to-be-missed category.... full review

So-So by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...Bajrangi Bhaijaan is way too long at 2 hours and 35 minutes, and could have done with some serious pruning, especially in its first half. Nevertheless, it's more engaging than such typical Salman Khan blockbusters as Bodyguard and Ready, if only because it has a sliver of a story, and its heart in the right place.... full review

Thumbs up Indicine ...Overall, ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ is a good commercial entertainer that should work with the youth, family audiences, the masses and the classes. It has a bit of everything – comedy, romance, action, friendship, love and religious harmony.... full review

Thumbs up by Archita Kashyap, koimoi ...This film is a must watch for lovers of pure Hindi commercial cinema; it’s also decent entertainment & a good one to catch with the family!... full review

So-So by Uday Bhatia, Live Mint ...Though this is probably the best Salman Khan film since Dabangg in terms of directorial competence and narrative novelty, it’s also—even by Bollywood standards—a particularly transparent appeal to audience sympathies, playing on our collective weakness for children in peril, for heroes with hearts of gold, for pronouncements of India-Pakistan and Hindu-Muslim harmony.... full review

Thumbs up by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY ...The exaggerated climax, however, seems to drag a little too long. Be ready to want to wolf whistle, even when you have a tear or two stealthily streaming down your cheek. Watch it.... full review

Thumbs up by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies ...In conclusion, Bajrangi Bhaijaan is a must-watch… and not just for Salman fans.... full review

Thumbs up by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA ...Dum??? Well, the movie lacks a little bit of dum for the die hard Salman Khan mass fans, in terms of action and fun element. But, this movie succeeds in establishing a softer and real image of the ace entertainer, which will be loved by the family audiences. It's a decent emotional drama, presented in an entertaining manner with a good theme attached to it. Thus, making the 'Bhaijaan' (emotional) part, wins over the 'Bhai' image.... full review

So-So by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...Salman Khan may the principal driving force of Bajrangi Bhaijaan, but the real star of the film is the super-cute child actor Harshaali Malhotra.... full review

Thumbs up by Raja Sen, Rediff ...Bajrangi Bhaijaan is seriously long and the climax feels it might never end, but hey, haven’t classic Bollywood weepies always gone on forever? At least Kabir Khan has done his tearjerking properly, added in some burkha tomfoolery and, at one point when the young girl wants chicken and her guardian can’t deal with it, even thrown some ... full review

Thumbs up by Sukanya Verma, Rediff ...Kabir Khan aspires for a similar objective but swaps the sentimentality and sacrifice of an outsourced heroine to focus on the popularity of its homegrown hero in a ridiculously excessive finale. Still it works like it does in a Manmohan Desai creation because the maker is genuinely committed to the power of miracles.... full review

Thumbs up by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...Even if it meanders aimlessly for a while, the story reaches its destination in the end. And I doubt if anyone in the audience will leave the theatre unaffected. Do watch!... full review

Thumbs up by Shaheen Raaj, Star Blockbuster ...'Bajrangi Bhaijaan' initially sounds, like it is coloured with communal essence but as the film progresses it leaves you emotionally drained.... full review

Thumbs up by VISHAL MENON, The Hindu ...Despite these problems, Bajrangi Bhaijaan is a still a superior fare compared to Salman’s recent outings. It’s heartening to see the makers cast a little girl in such a film instead of conveniently opting for a heroine. If you’re a sucker for melodrama, this film is a guilt-free pleasure that’s far more rewarding than any work that the star has done in the post-Prabhu Deva era.... full review

Thumbs up by Srijana Mitra Das, Times of India ...Bajrangi Bhaijaan emphasizes how, amidst visas and wars, there are also angels about who don't see doors. They see homes, lives and children - and sometimes, children see angels too... full review