Bajrangi Bhaijaan

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Bajrangi Bhaijaan
Bajrangi Bhaijaan Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byKabir Khan
Screenplay byKabir Khan
Parveez Sheikh
V. Vijayendra Prasad
Story byV. Vijayendra Prasad
Dialogue by
Produced bySalman Khan
Rockline Venkatesh
Kabir Khan
Starring
CinematographyAseem Mishra
Edited byRameshwar S. Bhagat
Music byScore:
Julius Packiam
Songs:
Pritam
Production
companies
Distributed byEros International
Release date
  • 17 July 2015 (2015-07-17)
Running time
159 minutes[1]
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi[1]
Budget75–90 crore[2][3]
Box officeest. ₹969 crore (see below)

Bajrangi Bhaijaan (transl. Bajrangi the brother) is a 2015 Indian Hindi-language comedy-drama film[4] co-written and directed by Kabir Khan, based on an original story by screenwriter V. Vijayendra Prasad, and produced by Salman Khan, Rockline Venkatesh and Kabir Khan. The film stars Salman with debutante Harshaali Malhotra, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Kareena Kapoor Khan, and tells the story of Pawan Kumar Chaturvedi, a devotee of the Hindu deity Hanuman, who embarks on a journey to take a mute six-year-old Pakistani Muslim girl Shahida, separated in India from her mother, back to her hometown.

Made on a budget of 75 crore (US$11.69 million)– 90 crore (US$14.03 million), the principal photography commenced in November 2014. The cinematography was done by Aseem Mishra and was edited by Rameshwar S. Bhagat. Julius Packiam composed the film score while the songs featured in the film were composed by Pritam.

Bajrangi Bhaijaan received widespread critical acclaim from critics upon release, who praised its storyline, dialogues, music, cinematography, direction and the cast performances, particularly those of Salman Khan, Siddiqui and Malhotra, and became a huge commercial success; it grossed ₹969 crore ($150 million) worldwide, and is currently the 5th highest-grossing Indian film and 2nd highest-grossing Bollywood film. It won the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment at the 63rd National Film Awards, and was nominated for 4 awards at the 61st Filmfare Awards, including Best Film, Best Director (Kabir Khan) and Best Actor (Salman Khan), and won Best Story (V. Vijayendra Prasad). It was also nominated for Best Foreign Film in China's 2015 Douban Film Awards.[5][6][7]

In December 2021, Salman Khan announced that a sequel is in development with Prasad set to write.[8]

Plot[edit]

In the hills of Sultanpur, Jhelum, Pakistan lives a six-year-old mute girl named Shahida. One afternoon, she is playing on a hill when she accidentally falls off it. When she doesn’t return home by the end of the day, the villagers organize a search party. After hours of searching, they find the little girl on a branch protruding from the hill. She had been stuck on it for the entire day but couldn’t call for help because of her disability. The following morning, her parents and neighbors discuss what must be done to help her. Older man suggests they take her to the shrine of Sufi saint Nizamuddin Auliya in Delhi, India. The religious family believes that a visit to the holy shrine will bring peace and happiness and most importantly, restore Shahida’s speech. Shahida’s father used to be in the military and has fought against the Indian army. He is sure that he won’t be provided with a visa to India. Hence, her mother Razia takes it upon herself to travel far from the village for the first time. The trip goes as planned for the most part. The two reach the shrine, pay offerings and get on a train back to their home country.

On the return journey, the train stops for repairs at night. When everyone is asleep, Shahida notices a sheep stuck in a pit right outside the train. She doesn’t think much before going outside to help the animal. However, the train restarts before she can return to her mother. The little girl runs towards it but is eventually left behind. In a desperate attempt to go the same way that her mother did, she boards a freight train. But to her dismay, it goes reverse-path and stops in Kurukshetra, India. Raiza notices her daughter is missing and stops the train. Policemen are appointed to look for the girl around the track where she was lost. However, they cannot find her since Shahida has already reached a different place. Raiza meets her husband who is worried to death about his daughter. They cannot get an immediate visa back to India, much to their dismay. The parents have no other way but to pray that their daughter is safe. Meanwhile, Shahida is now lost in a different country with no way to communicate. In a religious celebration, she sees a stranger eating at a street-side restaurant. The stranger is the kind Pawan Kumar Chaturvedi who invites her to have a meal with him. After a few minutes of trying to get her to talk, he realizes she is mute and starts calling her Munni. A starving Munni finishes the food and follows Pawan around. Assuming that she was separated from her parents during the festival, he asks her to stay in front of a temple. Pawan is a devout Hindu Brahmin and an ardent devotee of Lord Hanuman. He believes that Lord Hanuman will take Munni home if she stays in front of his temple. When Munni still doesn’t stop following him, he brings her to the police station. But since she cannot tell them any details about her parents, the police can only wait for someone to file a missing complaint. Until her parents are found, Munni needs a place to stay, hence, Pawan takes her in. On his way to his home in Delhi, he tells Munni to call him Mama if she ever talks in the future. He also starts naming different Indian cities, asking her to nod if she knows what city her parents are in. All the passengers on the bus help him but none of them name cities outside of India. As they talk, Pawan tells everyone how he came to Delhi for work.

A flashback shows the time he was in high school. He was an average student who could never pass the final examination. All his friends cheated and went on with their lives, but Pawan refused to cheat or lie, being a true devotee of Lord Hanuman. Eventually, he passed on his eleventh try and came to Delhi to look for work. He stayed with his father’s friend, Pandey, a strict Hindu who refused to let the followers of any other religion enter his house. Pandey’s daughter Rasika offered Pawan a job at the school she taught and fell in love with his innocent persona. But being the strict father he is, Pandey asked Pawan to build his own house before marrying his daughter. Even since then, Pawan and Rasika have been working hard to collect money. The two are bound to get married sometime next year. Everyone on the bus is impressed by his story. He and Munni reach his home where Rasika receives them in the doorway. She is glad that Pawan is helping a little girl in need but Pandey doesn’t feel the same way. He is worried about the possibility that Munni belongs to a different religion. Pawan rationalizes that she is Hindu because of her fair skin color and persuades Pandey to let her stay for a month. Munni cries every day in the memory of her parents even though Pawan and Rasika treat her like their own daughter. Since the entire family is vegetarian and Munni is accustomed to eating meat with every meal, she hardly ever finishes her food.

One day, Pawan and Rasika find her in a Muslim neighbor’s home devouring home-cooked chicken. Pawan brings her to a restaurant that evening and lets her eat whatever she likes, even though eating meat is against his religion. Munni is very fond of the glittery bangles they sell on the street side. One day while walking down a market, she innocently picks up a pack of bangles before being stopped by the vendor. Pawan makes her return it and takes her to the temple to apologize to God for stealing. As he teaches her to join her hands, Munni sneaks into a Mosque nearby. Pawan is hesitant to follow her inside but he does it anyway. To his utter surprise, he sees her reading the Quran in front of a shrine. For a few minutes, he feels like she betrayed him because he would have never befriended a Muslim. But Rasika makes him realize that she is a human before being Muslim. She hates that her father discriminates against people because of their religion and wants Pawan to be different. Pawan understands and runs into the Mosque to get Munni but by now, she has already left. As he nervously looks for her, she runs to him and hugs him tightly. At that moment, he accepts her entirely, overcoming his irrational fear of going against his religion.

That night is a cricket match against Pakistan and India. The entire family watches it on TV, cheering for India, except Munni who cheers when Pakistan scores. When the Pakistani team wins the game, she dances and kisses their flag through TV. Pawan approaches her and asks her if she is from Pakistan. After weeks of shaking her head to every Indian city, Munni finally nods yes. Pandey is furious. Being a Muslim was bad enough but since the girl is from Pakistan, he can no longer allow her to stay at their home. Pawan promises to hand her to the Pakistani embassy the next day. However, the embassy worker cannot allow her a visa without a passport. In Munni’s case, they don’t even know her real name so a visa allotment is impossible. Moreover, a riot takes place in front of the embassy that closes all visa processing for a month. As the last resort, Pawan takes her to a travel agent at Pandey’s suggestion. The agent promises to take the little girl to the other side of the border and asks for one lakh rupees. Pawan and Rakisa give up the funds they had collected for their house to help Munni. The next day, Pawan reluctantly brings Munni to the travel agent’s office and leaves after a tearful farewell. On his way home, he notices a street vendor selling glittery bangles. He remembers that Munni liked them and buys one for her. However, on returning to the travel agent’s office, he finds out that he has been cheated. The agent has taken the little girl to a brothel and is about to sell her into prostitution. The otherwise composed Pawan loses his temper at the sight of the agent counting bills that he made from Munni. He throws the man out of the window and brings Munni home again.

Pawan has made the decision to bring Munni home himself. Although he has no connections or ideas about Pakistani villages, he packs his bags and makes his way to the border. A few miles away from it, they meet a secret agent named Ali who illegally transports people to the other side through a tunnel. After listening to Munni’s story, he agrees to take them for free. When they reach Pakistan’s side of the border, Ali runs away but being a lord Hanuman’s devotee, Pawan refuses to go without asking the guards for permission. When the officers find him, they beat him up as Munni watches and cries. Pawan pretends to laugh even while being beaten so the little girl wouldn’t be afraid. After finding out the reason for his travel the head soldier asks him to do whatever he wants in the following ten minutes before they return for the next round. Pawan decides to wait for them because they have still not permitted him. Although the idea is idiotic, and he gets beaten up again, he is eventually allowed to go, with permission from the soldiers. In the following scene, he and Munni are in a restaurant. Munni sees a cop’s handcuffs and steals it, assuming that it is a bracelet. The cop finds out and throws Pawan in jail, labeling him as an Indian spy because of the lack of a passport. Then, we are introduced to a struggling journalist Chand Nawab. He finds out about the alleged spy and runs to the police station to interview him. He gets a few vague answers from Pawan and informs the media company that doesn’t take him seriously. Inside the police station, a cop interrogates Pawan but refuses to believe anything he has to say. Suddenly, Munni sees a picture on a table calendar and recognizes it as her village. Pawan is overjoyed until the policeman forcefully makes Munni open her mouth. Pawan loses his temper and attacks the man, inviting more trouble for himself. He manages to defeat the officers and run away from the police. Nawab sees him escaping and follows him behind.

They board the bus where Pawan shows the conductor their destination and also tells him Munni’s story. After finding out he is actually a good person, Nawab and the rest of the travelers decide to help him. They hide him and Munni on the top of the bus when the police come looking for them. At night, Nawab, Pawan, and Munni stay at a Mosque. A religious scholar named Azad also helps them and hides them from the policemen searching the entire city for the alleged spy. One of Azad’s students sees “Switzerland” written on the picture that Munni thought was her village. The group is back to square one. After that, Azad dresses up Pawan and Nawab in a burqa and manages to send them outside the city without the police noticing. Pawan, who was oblivious to Islam a few weeks ago, feels strange in them traditional clothing. He apologizes to his god but is ready to do anything for Munni. For the next few days, Pawan and Nawab take Munni to several different places, asking people if they know her. Nawab documents their journey and everything about Munni and Pawan’s relationship. He tries selling the documentary to news channels, but they refuse to air it, claiming that it is boring. They have to find another way to spread the news so, the people on the internet can help. One day, they go to a famous mosque were they find policemen looking for them. Nawab realizes that his cameraman friend is being used by the police to gather information about their whereabouts. The trio immediately runs away from the holy place and gives the cameraman false information to distract the police.

Following that, the group is reviewing the footage from their time at the mosque when Munni recognizes her mother in one of the clips. They see her getting into a specific bus and go to the bus driver the very next day. On inquiring, he names all the villages that come to his daily route. One of them is Sultanpur which Munni confirms is her home. Nawab and Pawan hug, having finally found their destination. Nawab also uploads the video documentary on YouTube and the police get a hint of their location through it. On their way to Sultanpur, the bus is stopped to be checked. With no way out, Pawan comes to the police’s view and pretends to run away. While the men are busy trying to catch him, Nawab takes Munni and brings her back to her village. In the following scene, we see Munni run to her mother, who couldn’t be happier to see her. As she reunites with her family, Pawan gets beaten up by the police.

The documentary on YouTube goes viral and bigger news channels start covering the story. Eventually, people find out that Pawan is not a spy and is being held in prison for helping a little girl. Both Indian and Pakistani people give him all their support. But the Pakistani officials refuse to let him go. They torture him in prison, beating him up for hours, drowning him until his last breath, and starving him. Nawab then claps back with another video, this time on a bigger platform, asking people to gather at the border and ensure that Pawan reaches home safely. The plan works, and several people from both sides come to the border in crowds. Rasika and her family are also among the crowd, waiting for him to come home. Eventually, the officials have to back down. The crowd erupts chanting Pawan’s name as he crosses the border. Then, we see Munni among the crowd, waving her hands but unable to call him. All of a sudden, she shouts “Mama”, the name Pawan wanted her to call him when they first met. The crowd goes silent as she yells goodbye. Pawan turns around in shock. The movie ends as they run to each other and hug.

Cast[edit]

  • Salman Khan as Pawan "Zero" Kumar Chaturvedi a.k.a Bajrangi Bhaijaan, a Hindu Brahmin hailing from Pratapgarh who has been living in Delhi since his father Diwakar's death
    • Najeem Khan as teenage Pawan
  • Harshaali Malhotra as Shahida "Munni" Aziz, a mute Pakistani girl who gets lost in India and bumps into Pawan, who makes it his mission to take her back home
  • Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Chand Nawab, a Pakistani news reporter and Pawan's later ally, based on a real-life Pakistani reporter with the same name
  • Kareena Kapoor Khan as Rasika Pandey, Dayanand and Archana's daughter and Pawan's love interest and fiancé
  • Sharat Saxena as Dayanand Pandey, Archana's husband and Rasika's father, Diwakar's childhood friend
  • Alka Badola Kaushal as Archana Pandey, Dayanand's wife and Rasika's mother
  • Meher Vij as Razia Aziz, Rauf's wife and Shahida's mother who ends up losing her in the train
  • Kushaal Pawar as Kamil Yusuf, Chand Nawab's cameraman caught by police to get information about Pawan and Chand Nawab
  • Mir Sarwar as Rauf Aziz, Razia's husband and Shahida's father.
  • Kamlesh Gill as Farookh Zehrullah, passenger in the train with Razia & Shahida
  • Om Puri as Maulana Azad, a religious scholar
  • Adnan Sami as a singer in the song "Bhardo Jholi Meri"
  • Rajesh Sharma as Hamid Khan, a Pakistani senior police officer
  • Krunal Pandit as Vardhan, travel agent in Delhi
  • Mursaleen Qureshi as Boosmaan "Boo" Ali, smuggler at India-Pakistan's border who helps Pawan and Munni to cross the border illegally
  • Manoj Bakshi as Police Inspector Iqbal Qureshi
  • Harssh A. Singh as Shamsher Ali, Pakistani news channel head and Chand Nawab's boss
  • Yudhvir Dahiya as Pankaj Verma, reporter of NDTV
  • Atul Srivastava as Diwakar Prasad Chaturvedi, Pawan's father and Dayanand's childhood friend, who chided Pawan for his failures

Production[edit]

The climax scene was shot at Thajiwas Glacier in Sonamarg, Jammu and Kashmir.

Development[edit]

The film's story writer V. Vijayendra Prasad stated that the idea of the film was inspired by the 1987 Telugu film Pasivadi Pranam, which itself is a remake of the Malayalam film Poovinu Puthiya Poonthennal (1986). Prasad also took inspiration from a story he heard about a Pakistani couple coming to India for their daughter's heart surgery.[9][10]

Kabir Khan noted that the script of Bajrangi Bhaijaan was influenced by some of his own experiences. He noted the influence of the Hindu epic Ramayana, which he used to watch Ramlila plays of as a child, and particularly the Hindu deity Bajrangi (Hanuman), who left a strong impression on him as a child. He felt that Bajrangi was a character who was loved by people all religious communities in India, including Hindus and Muslims in India, due to how Bajrangi brought joy and fun to many Indian children. Khan began writing Bajrangi Bhaijaan partly in response to the rise of religious sectarianism in India since the 1980s and particularly in response to the Bajrang Dal, a Hindu fundamentalist organisation that appropriated Bajrangi for violent sectarian motives and played a central role in the deadly 2002 Gujarat riots, leading to the name Bajrangi having communal connotations. He began writing Bajrangi Bhaijaan in 2013 as a way of reclaiming Bajrangi for all communities, and as a way of bringing Hindus and Muslims together.[11]

The film's casting director was Mukesh Chhabra.[12][13][14]

Principal photography[edit]

The principal photography began on 3 November 2014 in New Delhi, with Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan participating. The second filming schedule took place at the ND Studios, Karjat. The third schedule of the film was held in Mandawa, Rajasthan. On 7 January 2015, Khan was seen on the top of the castle of Mandawa playing cricket with a young boy.[15] On 10 January 2015, Khan shot with school students in Rajasthan's Jhunjhunu district.[16] Shooting of the film was completed on 20 May. Some scenes of the film were shot at Khan's Panvel farm house.[17] Shooting also took place in the Kashmir Valley in places like Sonamarg and Zoji La.[18][19][20][21] The film's climax was shot at Sonmarg near the Thajiwas glacier (at 10,000 ft above sea level) with around 7,000 people.[22][23][24] Nawazuddin Siddiqui's character Chand Nawab was inspired by a real character Chand Nawab, who was with Karachi-based Indus News in 2008.[25][26][27][28]

Music[edit]

Bajrangi Bhaijaan
Soundtrack album by
Released17 June 2015 (2015-06-17)
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length57:37
LanguageHindi
LabelT-Series
Pritam chronology
Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty
(2014)
Bajrangi Bhaijaan
(2015)
Phantom
(2015)

A. R. Rahman was initially in talks to compose the music of the film, however he did not sign the film.[29] The music was then composed by Kabir Khan's usual collaborators, with Pritam composing the songs and Julius Packiam composing the score. The lyrics were written by Mayur Puri, Amitabh Bhattacharya, Neelesh Misra, Shabbir Ahmed, and Kausar Munir while Julius Packiam composed the score. The soundtrack of the movie become Super Hit. The Song "Bhar Do Jholi" one of the biggest hits of 2015 sang by Adnan Sami. The soundtrack album consists of eleven tracks, was released on 17 June 2015.[30] "Tu Chahiye" and "Selfie Le Le Re" become chartbusters.

The film includes the qawwali "Bhar Do Jholi Meri Ya Muhammad" originally written by Purnam Allahabadi and composed and sung by the Sabri Brothers. The qawwali was revamped with the voice of Adnan Sami Khan. EMI Pakistan and Amjad Sabri heir to the Sabri Brothers, have called for legal action against the producers of the film and the qawwali in separate instances.[31][32]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Selfie Le Le Re"Mayur Puri, BadshahPritam, Vishal Dadlani, Nakash Aziz, Badshah04:57
2."Tu Chahiye"Amitabh BhattacharyaAtif Aslam04:32
3."Aaj Ki Party"Shabbir AhmedMika Singh04:40
4."Bhar Do Jholi Meri"Kausar MunirAdnan Sami08:19
5."Chicken Kuk-Doo-Koo"Mayur PuriMohit Chauhan, Palak Muchhal05:43
6."Zindagi Kuch Toh Bata"Neelesh MisraRahat Fateh Ali Khan, Rekha Bhardwaj04:23
7."Tu Jo Mila"Kausar MunirKK04:04
8."Bhar Do Jholi Meri" (Reprise)Kausar MunirImran Aziz Mian08:05
9."Tu Jo Mila (Dekhna Na Mudke)"Kausar MunirJaved Ali04:13
10."Zindagi Kuch Toh Bata" (Reprise)Neelesh MisraJubin Nautiyal04:23
11."Tu Jo Mila" (Reprise)Kausar MunirPapon04:18
Total length:57:29

Release[edit]

Initially announced as an Eid 2014 release, the film was rescheduled to 12 January 2014.Bajrangi Bhaijaan was released on 17 July 2015, one day before Eid, on 4,500 screens in India and 1,000 screens in overseas respectively.[33][34] The film was also released in 50 countries outside India, on more than 700 screens.[35] Bajrangi Bhaijaan premiered at the 20th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) on 6 October 2015.[36]

In November 2017, it was announced that Bajrangi Bhaijaan was set to release in China, following the success of Aamir Khan's Dangal (2016) in the country.[37] In December 2017, it was announced the film would release there in 2018.[38] Prior to the announcement, Bajrangi Bhaijaan had a cult following in China,[37] where it has an average rating of 8.6 out of 10 on the popular film site Douban, with over 70,000 votes.[38][39] It placed fourth on Douban's list of top foreign films of 2015.[7] Bajrangi Bhaijaan was released in China under the title 小萝莉的猴神大叔 which roughly translates as "Little Lolita's Monkey God Uncle"; "monkey god" is a rough translation of "Bajrangi" while "little lolita" and "uncle" reference the characters. The Chinese version was also cut down in length to 140 minutes.[38][39] In January 2018, it was announced that the film would be getting a wide release, on 8,000 screens in China, building on the Chinese box office success of Aamir Khan's Dangal and Secret Superstar (2017), and Bajrangi Bhaijaan's positive word-of-mouth.[40] The film released in China on 2 March 2018.[41] On 6 February 2018, the film had advance screenings in 29 Chinese cities, receiving a positive reception from audiences.[42] It also had a limited preview on 25 February 2018.[43] The film's China premiere on 27 February 2018 was attended by Kabir Khan and Harshali Malhotra. Its release date of 2 March 2018 marks the Lantern Festival, which celebrates families coming together.[citation needed]

It was released in Turkey on 17 August 2018 on 190 screens. In the first weekend it grossed approx $89,796 with a spectator count of 8,389.[citation needed] The film released in Japan on 18 January 2019, with the title "バジュランギおじさんと、小さな迷子", which translates as "Uncle Bajrangi and a small lost child" (Bajurangi ojisan to, chīsana maigo).[44][45][46]

Reception[edit]

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 88% of 17 critics' reviews are positive, with an average rating of 6.4/10.[47]

In India, Raja Sen of Rediff.com gave a 3.5 out of 5 star rating explaining that "Bajrangi Bhaijaan is an overearnest, oversimplified, preposterously sweet and frequently schlocky film, which shouldn't work because of how predictable and soppy it is. Yet, because of a finely picked supporting cast, some sharp lines of dialogue and, most crucially, because of its overall heart, it works, and works well."[48] Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN gave 3 stars out of 5, commenting "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."[49] Anupama Chopra of Hindustan Times said "Bajrangi Bhaijaan is simplistic, occasionally silly, and tiringly over-stretched. It's also unashamedly manipulative. But it works. Director and co-writer Kabir Khan preserves the larger-than-life Salman image but also allows it to evolve so that the star is not just a slick superman."[50] Comparisons were also drawn between Bajrangi Bhaijaan and the 2006 Kannada film Kallarali Hoovagi in terms of the core plot and characters.[51]

Overseas, the film received positive reviews from Chinese critics. Several critics in China, where it was released as Little Lolita's Monkey Uncle, noted narrative parallels to the 16th century Chinese epic Journey to the West and its monkey-king hero Sun Wukong (which in turn have similarities to the 4th century BC Hindu epic Ramayana and its monkey-god hero Hanuman), making the film relatable to Chinese audiences.[52] The film's theme of connecting people across nations, religions and ethnicities also resonated with Chinese audiences.[53] In Japan, upon release in January 2019, it was the week's highest-rated film on the Filmarks audience satisfaction survey.[54]

Box office[edit]

Bajrangi Bhaijaan grossed 333 crore (US$51.91 million) worldwide in its first week,[55] beating the previous record of 332 crore (US$51.75 million) worldwide by PK. The film went on to net 3.15 billion (US$49.1 million) and 4.26 billion (US$66.4 million) gross[56] in India[57][58] and grossed 1.792 billion (US$27.93 million) overseas for a worldwide gross of 6.03 billion (US$94 million) in 31 days.[56][59] Bajrangi Bhaijaan became the quickest film to collect 1 billion (US$15.59 million)[60] and 2 billion (US$31.18 million) net domestically beating PK and Dhoom 3.[61] The distributor share of the film had crossed 150 crore (US$23.38 million) crore which is a record in India being the second film to do so after PK.[58][62] In August 2015, Eros International said in a statement to the Bombay Stock Exchange that Bajrangi Bhaijaan has become the fastest Bollywood film to gross 500 crore (US$77.94 million) worldwide, while it crossed 300 crore (US$46.76 million) at the domestic box office.[63][64]

The film is the highest nett grosser ever in Delhi / UP, CP Berar, CI, Bihar, Assam and Orissa, East Punjab, Rajasthan and West Bengal beating the lifetime collections of PK and Dhoom 3. The footfalls of the film crossed 35.2 million after five weeks, making it the most watched film in India since Gadar: Ek Prem Katha (2001) and beating PK, 3 Idiots, Dhoom 3, and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham....[56][65][66] Bajrangi Bhaijaan grossed 626 crore (US$97.58 million) worldwide at the end of its 7th week.[67] The domestic Indian gross for the film was 433 crore (US$67.5 million) as of August 2015,[68] while its overseas gross was US$30.9 million[69] (211.05crore)[70] as of 2017. It was one of the highest-grossing Indian film ever at the time, behind PK.[71] Prior to its China release, Bajrangi Bhaijaan's worldwide gross was 626 crore (US$10 million) as of 27 February 2018.[72] After 22 days at the Chinese box office, it became the fourth Indian film to gross 900 crore (US$140 million) worldwide, after Dangal, Baahubali 2, and Secret Superstar.[73][74] As of today, Bajrangi Bhaijaan is the third highest-grossing Indian film ever worldwide.[75] The film was marketed by a Mumbai-based company named Spice PR owned by Prabhat Choudhary.[76]

Territories Gross revenue
India 444.92 crore[77] ($69.27 million)
Overseas (2015–2016) $30.9 million[69] (211.05 crore)[70]
Pakistan Rs. 54.01 crore[citation needed] (US$5.33 million)
Arab States of the Persian Gulf US$9.45 million[78] (65 crore)[70]
United States and Canada US$8.187 million[79] (56 crore)[70]
United Kingdom £2,662,115[80] (US$4.07 million)
Australia A$1,701,000[78] (US$1.42 million)
New Zealand NZ$579,447[81] (US$404,084)
Hong Kong HK$1,364,088[80] (US$175,558)
Overseas (2018–2019) $45,775,066–47,840,702 (₹313.09 crore+)[82]
China $45,534,364–47,600,000[83][73] (₹311.45 crore+)[82]
Japan $196,062[84] (₹1.34 crore)[82]
Turkey $44,640[83] (₹30.5 lakh)[82]
Overseas total $76,675,066 (₹524.14 crore)
Worldwide total 969.06 crore (US$151.06 million)

India[edit]

Bajrangi Bhaijaan opened to an overwhelming response at the domestic box office and went on to break the first week record of PK and Happy New Year. The film grossed around ₹270 million in India on the first day of release,[85] and further showed incredible growth on its second and third day to gross ₹350 million, setting new records in several circuits,[86] and ₹385 million on the first Sunday to take its first-weekend total to ₹1,005 million, which is an all-time first-weekend record, becoming the quickest film to gross ₹1 billion domestically.[60][87] The film grossed ₹255 million on its first Monday which is the highest-ever non-holiday Monday and[88][89] ₹21.25 crore Tuesday as well as ₹20 crore on its first Wednesday and Thursday ₹16 crore to take its first-week gross to ₹183.52 crore, making it the highest first-week total for an Indian film in domestic markets beating previous record holder PK.[90]

The film grossed ₹13.50 crore on its second Friday.[91][92][93] The film showed further growth and grossed ₹20.05 crore on its second Saturday and ₹24.05 crore Sunday for a total of ₹57.50 crore, which is the highest second weekend ever for an Indian film and took its domestic total to ₹240.72 crore in ten days and also made it the second highest weekend ever for an Indian film.[94] Bajrangi Bhaijaan grossed around ₹10 crore on its second Monday. Bajrangi Bhaijaan grossed around ₹9.3 crore on its second Tuesday, ₹9.1 crore on its second Wednesday, and ₹9.3 crore on its second Thursday. Bajrangi Bhaijaan grossed ₹87 crore, which is the second-highest second-week collection of all time to take its two-week domestic gross to ₹270.50 crore.[95]

Bajrangi Bhaijaan grossed ₹4 crore on its third Friday, ₹6.08 crore on its third Saturday, and ₹9.08 crore on its third Sunday to take its third weekend total to ₹20 crore which is the second-highest third weekend of all time. The film grossed around ₹20 crore in its third weekend, reaching ₹292 crore in seventeen days in India to become the second-highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time in domestic markets, beating Dhoom 3.[96] The film went on to gross ₹1.53 billion overseas for a worldwide gross of ₹540 crore in just 17 days.[59] Bajrangi Bhaijaan set a new all-time lifetime record in India by becoming the highest grosser ever in Bihar as it went to the ₹7.50 crore gross mark after its third weekend.[97] The film grossed ₹3.50 crore on its third Monday, ₹2.50 crore on its second Tuesday, and ₹2.43 crore on its second Wednesday to take its 19 days total to ₹300.6 crore in India and become only the 2nd Indian film to do so.[98] The film also recorded the third-highest third week ever as it grossed ₹2.50 crore on its third Thursday for a combined total of ₹30 crore in its third week.[99][100]

The film grossed ₹7.25 crore in its fourth weekend.[101] The film grossed ₹10.65 crore in its fourth week, ₹3.78 crore in its fifth week, ₹1.49 crore in its sixth week, ₹0.65 crore in its seventh week, and ₹0.195 crore in its eighth week. The film collected ₹0.11 crore in its ninth week becoming the second film ever to gross more than 10 lakhs in the ninth week after Vicky Donor.

The film had a tenth week and became the third Indian film of the 2010s to ever have one. The other films were Vicky Donor and Band Baaja Baaraat.[102] The film's final domestic gross was ₹444.92 crore[103] (US$69.35 million).

Overseas[edit]

Bajrangi Bhaijaan grossed around $8.1 million in the first weekend in overseas markets, which is the second-highest opening weekend for a Hindi film.[104][105] The film has grossed around $2.45 million in its first weekend in US-Canada.[106] Bajrangi Bhaijaan grossed Rs. 4.5 crore ($444,000) in Pakistan in its first 3 days of its release,[107] and subsequently Rs. 6 crore ($592,000) in the first week.[108][109][110] The ten-day overseas gross of Bajrangi Bhaijaan was over US$17 million.[111][112] At the end of two weeks, Bajrangi Bhaijaan grossed US$20 million in overseas. Bajrangi Bhaijaan grossed around $23.5 million in overseas in 17 days.[113][114] Bajrangi Bhaijaan set an all-time record in the Persian Gulf region with collections of 47.9 crore (US$7.47 million) to become the highest-grossing film in the territory, beating films like Happy New Year and Dhoom 3.[115] The film is also the biggest Salman Khan film in the Persian Gulf, beating the previous best of Kick which grossed around $4.1 million.[115] The film has done excellent across all overseas markets, according to Box Office India.

The film topped all four major markets by beating the lifetime collection of PK.[78] Bajrangi Bhaijaan grossed £2,662,115 ($4,067,120) in the United Kingdom,[80] where it became the highest-grossing foreign-language film of 2015, the eleventh highest-grossing foreign-language film of all time, and the second highest-grossing foreign-language Indian film ever (after Dhoom 3).[116] It also grossed US$9,450,000 in the Persian Gulf region and A$1,701,000 in Australia.[78] The film grossed $8,180,000 after its sixth weekend in the United States and Canada,[78] with a final gross of US$8.187 million in the US and Canada.[79] In Hong Kong, the film grossed HK$1,364,088 (US$175,558) in 2016.[80] Bajrangi Bhaijaan grossed US$30.9 million[69] (211 crore)[70] overseas as of 2017.[69] After 26 days of its release in China, the film became the third Indian film (first featuring Salman Khan) to gross more than 500 crore from overseas markets.[73][74]

China[edit]

In China, on its opening day of 2 March 2018, the film grossed US$2.29 million, debuting at number seven on the daily China box office.[117] This is the fourth-highest opening for an Indian film in China, after Secret Superstar ($6.97 million), Hindi Medium ($3.68 million) and Dangal ($2.55 million), while Bajrangi Bhaijaan also crossed the lifetime China gross of 3 Idiots (2009).[118] On its second day, Bajrangi Bhaijaan grossed $3.11 million, entering the top five, with a two-day gross of $5.36 million.[119] It grossed another $3.13 million in its third day, giving it an opening weekend gross of $9 million.[120][121] It is the third-highest opening weekend for an Indian film, behind only Secret Superstar and Dangal, and it has become the highest-grossing Indian film not starring Aamir Khan.[122] The successful opening weekend of Bajrangi Bhaijaan has been attributed to strong word of mouth, generated by high audience ratings such as 8.6 on Douban and 9.7 on Maoyan.[122][123]

On the 14th day of its release, the film grossed $1.13 million and became the first Indian film not featuring Aamir Khan to gross more than 200 crore in the Chinese market, grossing $31.12 million up until then.[73] In 31 days, the film had a cumulative gross of $48 million(313 crore).[73][74] The film's audiences were about 60% female and 40% male, and the majority were in the 20–34 age group.[124] It surpassed Star Wars: The Last Jedi to become the seventh highest-grossing film in China during the first quarter of 2018, behind only Hindi film Secret Superstar and several Hollywood films including Black Panther and Pacific Rim: Uprising.[75]

Accolades[edit]

Award[a] Date of ceremony[b] Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
BIG Star Entertainment Awards 13 December 2015 Most Entertaining Social Film Bajrangi BhaijaanKabir Khan, Salman Khan Nominated [125]
[126]
Most Entertaining Director Kabir Khan Won
Most Entertaining Actor in a Social Role – Male Salman Khan Won
Nawazuddin Siddiqui Nominated
Most Entertaining Actor Debut – Female Harshaali Malhotra Nominated
Most Entertaining Child Star Won
Filmfare Awards 15 January 2016 Best Film Bajrangi Bhaijaan Nominated [127]
[128]
Best Director Kabir Khan Nominated
Best Story V. Vijayendra Prasad Won
Best Actor Salman Khan Nominated
Global Indian Music Academy Awards 6 April 2016 Best Film Album Bajrangi BhaijaanPritam Nominated [129]
Best Music Director Pritam Nominated
Best Lyricist Kausar Munir for "Tu Jo Mila" Nominated
Indian Television Academy Awards 6 September 2015 Popular Director Kabir Khan Won [130]
Best Child Artist Harshaali Malhotra Won
International Indian Film Academy Awards 26 June 2016 Best Film Bajrangi Bhaijaan Won [131]
[132]
Best Director Kabir Khan Nominated
Best Story V. Vijayendra Prasad Nominated
Best Screenplay V. Vijayendra Prasad, Kabir Khan, Parveez Shaikh Won
Best Actor Salman Khan Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui Nominated
Best Performance in a Comic Role Nominated
Best Music Director Pritam Nominated
Mirchi Music Awards 29 February 2016 Upcoming Male Vocalist of The Year Jubin Nautiyal for "Zindagi Kuch Toh Bata (Reprise)" Won [133]
[134]
Best Song Producer (Programming & Arranging) Dhrubajyoti Phukan, Nikhil Paul George
Roop Mahanta, Sunny M.R. for "Selfie Le Le Re"
Nominated
National Film Awards 3 May 2016 Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment Producer: Rockline Venkatesh & Salman Khan
Director: Kabir Khan
Won [135]
Producers Guild Film Awards[c] 22 December 2015 Best Film Bajrangi Bhaijaan Won [136]
[137]
[138]
Best Director Kabir Khan Nominated
Best Dialogue Nominated
Best Story V. Vijayendra Prasad Won
Best Screenplay V. Vijayendra Prasad, Kabir Khan, Parveez Shaikh Won
Best Actor in a Leading Role Salman Khan Nominated
Best Actor in a Supporting Role Nawazuddin Siddiqui Won
Best Actor in a Comic Role Nominated
Best Female Debut Harshaali Malhotra Nominated
Best Child Actor Won
Best Music Director Pritam Nominated
Screen Awards 8 January 2016 Best Film Bajrangi Bhaijaan Won [139]
Best Director Kabir Khan Won
Best Story V. Vijayendra Prasad Won
Best Child Artist Harshaali Malhotra Won
Best Background Music Julius Packiam Won
Stardust Awards 21 December 2015 Best Film of the Year Bajrangi Bhaijaan Won [140]
[141]
Best Director of the Year Kabir Khan Won
Best Story V. Vijayendra Prasad Nominated
Best Screenplay V. Vijayendra Prasad, Kabir Khan, Parveez Shaikh Nominated
Best Actor of the Year – Male Salman Khan Nominated
Best Actor of the Year – Female Kareena Kapoor Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui Nominated
Breakthrough Performance by a Child Artiste Harshaali Malhotra Won
Best Music Director Pritam Nominated
Best Lyricist Kausar Munir for "Tu Jo Mila" Nominated
Best Playback Singer (Male) Adnan Sami for "Bhar Do Jholi Meri" Nominated
Best Music Album Bajrangi BhaijaanT-Series Nominated
Times of India Film Awards 18 March 2016 Best Film Bajrangi Bhaijaan Won [142]
[143]
Best Director Kabir Khan Nominated
Best Actor Salman Khan Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui Nominated
Zee Cine Awards 20 February 2016 Best Film Bajrangi Bhaijaan Won [144]
[145]
[146]
Best Actor – Male Salman Khan Won
Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Male Nawazuddin Siddiqui Nominated
Best Actor in a Comic Role Won
Best Female Debut Harshaali Malhotra Won
Best Cinematography Aseem Mishra Nominated
Best Track of the Year "Selfie Le Le Re" Nominated

Sequel[edit]

In December 2021, Khan confirmed that the sequel of the movie was in scripting stage, and V. Vijayendra Prasad is writing the script. Later that month, Khan confirmed that the movie has been titled as Pawan Putra Bhaijaan. Khan also officially announced the same on 19 December 2021 on The Grand RRR pre-release event.[147]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Awards, festivals and organizations are in alphabetical order.
  2. ^ Date is linked to the article about the awards held that year, wherever possible.
  3. ^ Previously known as Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Awards.

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