The much-loved Bollywood blockbuster Bajrangi Bhaijaan, starring Salman Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Harshali Malhotra completes six years of its release on Saturday. The movie, helmed by Kabir Khan, revolves round Pawan Chaturvedi’s, additionally referred to as Bajrangi (Khan), journey to reunite a baby named Munni together with her mother and father in Pakistan.
Though many name the 2015 release a cross-border story, director Khan made it in regards to the boundaries which are drawn inside the nation based mostly on faith or caste. After the movie’s success in 2015, he talked to The Indian Express and shared how he managed to pack it with robust political statements.
“I feel strongly about unity, secularism and people-to-people friendship. I’m a product of a mixed marriage. Growing up, I saw the celebration of both cultures. How can right wingers claim Bajrang Bali as theirs? He’s mine too. I played the role of Lord Hanuman in a school play. It bothers me to see how we are becoming increasingly intolerant. Why can’t a Muslim say Jai Shri Ram? Or why can’t a Hindu say Assalamualaikum?” the director stated.
He added, “I will not become a lesser Muslim if I say Jai Shri Ram. We can harp about progress and development but if the secular fabric of our country gets damaged, then nothing can sustain us. I wanted to discuss the Hindu-Muslim issue and to bring it all out in the mainstream consciousness, I needed Salman’s superstardom. He also feels strongly about secularism and instantly agreed to the film.”
Bajrangi Bhaijaan was lauded for its delicate portrayal of India-Pakistan relations whereas retaining its sharp political commentary.