Bajrangi Bhaijaan turns 6: when Kabir Khan turned to Salman Khan to make a secular film
The much-loved Bollywood blockbuster Bajrangi Bhaijaan, starring Salman Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Harshali Malhotra, wraps up six years of its release on Saturday. The film, directed by Kabir Khan, revolves around the journey of Pawan Chaturvedi, also known as Bajrangi (Khan), to reunite a child named Munni with her parents in Pakistan.
Although many call the 2015 release a cross-border story, director Khan spoke about the boundaries drawn inside the country based on religion or caste. After the film’s success in 2015, he spoke to The Indian Express and explained how he managed to pack it with strong political statements.
“I am very attached to unity, secularism and friendship between peoples. I am the product of a mixed marriage. Growing up, I saw the celebration of both cultures. How can the right wingers claim Bajrang Bali as their own? He’s mine too. I played the role of Lord Hanuman in a school play. It bothers me how more and more intolerant we are. Why can’t a Muslim say Jai Shri Ram? Or why can’t a Hindu say Assalamualaikum? said the director.
He added, “I will not become an inferior Muslim if I say Jai Shri Ram. We can talk about progress and development, but if the centuries-old fabric of our country is damaged, then nothing can support us. I wanted to discuss the Hindu-Muslim issue and to bring it all out in the mainstream consciousness I needed Salman’s fame. He is also very attached to secularism and immediately accepted the film. “
Bajrangi Bhaijaan has been praised for his sensitive portrayal of Indo-Pakistani relations while retaining his sharp political commentary.
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