Bajrangi Bhaijaan is the most popular bollywood film of the year 2015. It is also the highest grossing bollywood film. This might be the best performance from Salman Khan, who is the most popular and successful commercial actor in India at present. Harshali Malhotra who played six year old Shahida in this film, along with Nawazuddin Siddique and Kareena Kapoor have done amazing performances. What makes this film tick? I should say almost everything. The story is fresh, performances are wonderful, especially from Nawazuddin Siddiqui who is an accomplished performer. The script, dialogues and cinematography is spectacular. The film gets doubly more interesting with his entry. Music is wonderful and comedy is top-notch.
More than all of the above, this film is about unconditional love. This film has a very strong message that unconditional love knows no boundaries. No boundaries of castes, creeds or nationalities can withhold the power of love. I was crying most of the times during this film because all of the main characters are so beautiful and compassionate. I really enjoyed watching this film and highly recommend it.
Tanu Weds Manu Returns
This film shouldn’t have been made. It’s a second in the series. The first film was tolerable but this one seems to be hackneyed with trite cliches and forced humor. I don’t know why Kangana Ranaut films are so highly rated on IMDb. This film has a whopping 7.9 rating on IMDB at the time this post is being created. I really don’t understand this. I watched Queen and it was also without any effect whatsoever and rated 8. I feel the ratings on IMDb can’t be trusted as far as Bollywood or Tollywood films are considered. They can’t be trusted for some Hollywood films either but on the whole they give me a good clue about the range of foreign films I should spend my time watching on.
This film started off as some light-hearted humor story, but since the very beginning I could feel some unease about the story. The characters aren’t believable. They are all too good to be true and at the right place at the right time–all of them. Moreover, the humor just doesn’t work. I was feeling that forced humor didn’t make me giggle. Couple of good songs and a Gangstersque end scene by Ranaut for which she has been known for so long is what makes this film bearable. I feel performances by Madhavan, Kangana and others are alright but story has no worth at all. The plot is almost unbearable. I don’t recommend this film.