Bajrangi Bhaijaan

Bajrangi Bhaijaan (transl. Brother Bajrangi) is a 2015 Indian Hindi-language comedy-drama film directed by Kabir Khan and written by him in conjunction with K. V. Vijayendra Prasad, Kausar Munir and Parveez Sheikh. Produced by Salman Khan and Rockline Venkatesh, it stars Salman, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and debutante Harshaali Malhotra in the lead roles, and tells the story of Pawan Kumar Chaturvedi, an ardent devotee of Hindu deity Hanuman, who embarks on a journey to take a mute six-year-old Pakistani Muslim girl Shahida, separated in India from her parents, back to her hometown in Pakistan.

Bajrangi Bhaijaan
Bajrangi Bhaijaan Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byKabir Khan
Written byDialogues:
Kabir Khan
Kausar Munir
Screenplay byKabir Khan
Parveez Sheikh
K. V. Vijayendra Prasad
Story byK. V. Vijayendra Prasad
Produced bySalman Khan
Rockline Venkatesh
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
Budget90 crore[2]
Box officeest. ₹969 crore (see below)[3][better source needed]

Made on a budget of 90 crore (US$12 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.

The film received wide acclaim from critics who praised the storyline, dialogues, music, cinematography, performances (particularly those of Khan, Siddiqui and Malhotra) and the direction. It became a huge commercial success. It grossed ₹969 crore ($150 million) worldwide,[3][better source needed] and is currently the third highest-grossing Indian film and second highest-grossing Bollywood film. It won the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment at the 63rd National Film Awards,[4] and was nominated for four awards at the 61st Filmfare Awards, including Best Film and Best Actor, and won the Filmfare Award for Best Story. It was also nominated for Best Foreign Film in China's 2015 Douban Film Awards.[5][6]

PlotEdit

Amidst the hills of Sultanpur, a picturesque village in Pakistan, lives Shahida Aziz, named after Pakistani Cricketer, Shahid Afridi, a mute six-year-old girl, with her parents. After an accident in which she is unable to call for help because she is mute, her mother, Razia Aziz (Meher Vij), with able support from her husband Rauf Aziz (Mir Sarwar), decides to take her to the shrine of Sufi saint Nizamuddin Auliya in Delhi, India via the Samjhauta Express, hoping it will restore her speech.

On its way back to Pakistan, the train stops for repairs and Shahida gets off to save a lamb while Razia is asleep. The train leaves before Shahida can re-board. Panicked, she boards a freight train, assuming it to be headed in the same direction, but instead goes reverse-path and winds up in Kurukshetra. During a celebration there, she meets Pawan Kumar Chaturvedi (Salman Khan), who is affectionately called "Bajrangi" by the locals. He is a devout Hindu Brahmin and an ardent devotee of Lord Hanuman. Pawan resides at the home of his father's friend, Dayanand Pandey (Sharat Saxena), where he is engaged to Dayanand's daughter, Rasika (Kareena Kapoor). He tries in vain to find out where Shahida lives. He starts calling her "Munni" and brings her home. Dayanand lets her stay, thinking she must be Brahmin. However, the family eventually learns that Munni is a Pakistani Muslim. An enraged Dayanand orders Pawan to have her sent to Pakistan through the Pakistani High Commission, but offices are closed due to protests. A local travel agent promises to take Munni to Pakistan without a passport but instead tries to sell her to a brothel, causing Pawan to become enraged. After rescuing her, he vows to take Munni home on his own despite not having a passport and visa.

Pawan and Munni are able to enter Pakistan under the border's fences, but shortly later, they are arrested under suspicions of Pawan being an Indian spy. During interrogation, he escapes with Munni and meets Chand Nawab (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), a journalist who works for a Pakistani television channel. Nawab has been following Pawan's situation, thinking he is indeed an Indian spy, but discovers that Pawan is a victim of circumstances who is on a noble mission to reunite the mute Munni with her parents. Moved by his story, Nawab joins him in his journey to find Munni's parents. They encounter an Islamic religious scholar, Asad, who helps them avoid capture by police and directs the group to Azad Kashmir, after Munni recognises an area similar to her hometown in a calendar photo. Meanwhile, Nawab's cameraman, Kamil Yusuf, is arrested by Inspector Aamir Qureshi and Senior Pakistani Police Officer Hamid Khan (Rajesh Sharma) when his efforts to escape fail miserably, and they bait him into tracing Nawab's location.

Nawab documents their journey on video, but his boss refuses to air it, thinking it's a useless story. Nawab uploads the video on YouTube, discovering in the process that Kamil is being scapegoated by the police to capture Pawan alive when he notices the team at a shrine. While reviewing the footage, Munni recognises Razia getting off a bus in the background. The trio go to the bus station and finally identify Sultanpur as Munni's hometown. They board a bus but find that the local officers have put up barricades to identify and catch "the Indian spy". Devising a plan to divert police attention, Pawan gets off the bus and runs toward the jungle in full view while Nawab and Munni escape on the other side. Pawan is captured and shot in the arm. Meanwhile, Nawab and Munni reach Sultanpur, where Munni is finally reunited with her parents.

The videos uploaded by Nawab go viral throughout India and Pakistan, emotionally moving many. A compassionate Hamid realises that Pawan is innocent after his story is verified, and has him released, defying his boss's order to keep him in jail. Nawab calls for support at Hamid's behest and thousands of Pakistanis and Indians congregate at Narowal Check Post, where Pawan is to return to India. As Pawan crosses the border, Nawab reveals that Munni's real name is Shahida, who, also present in the crowd, runs toward the fence and after some effort, cries out her first word (Pawan's name) to get his attention. Pawan hears her voice, and the two run toward each other as they have a reunion with Pawan tossing Shahida high in the air.

CastEdit

  • Salman Khan as Pawan Kumar Chaturvedi a.k.a. Bajrangi Bhaijaan, the titular protagonist who hails from a typical Indian Brahmin family in Pratapgarh and has been living in Delhi since his father's death
  • Harshaali Malhotra as Shahida 'Munni' Aziz, a mute Pakistani girl who gets lost in India only to bump into Pawan, who makes it his mission to take her back home; Munni, the name given to Shahida by Pawan, is derived from the song ‘Munni Badnaam Hui' from the film Dabangg, which also featured Khan
  • Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Chand Nawab, a Pakistani news reporter and Pawan's later ally. The name is based on a real-life Pakistani reporter with the same name.
  • Kareena Kapoor Khan as Rasika Pandey, Pawan's love interest and fiancé
  • Meher Vij as Razia Aziz, Shahida's mother
  • Kushaal Pawar as Kamil Yusuf, Chand Nawab's cameraman who gets caught by the police to get information about Pawan and Nawab
  • Mir Sarwar as Rauf Aziz, Shahida's father
  • Kamlesh Gill in a special appearance as a passenger in the train with Razia & Shahida
  • Om Puri as Maulana Azad, a religious scholar
  • Sharat Saxena as Dayanand Pandey, Rasika's father
  • Alka Kaushal as Sushila Pandey, Rasika's mother
  • Adnan Sami in a special appearance as a singer in the song "Bhardo Jholi Meri"
  • Rajesh Sharma as Hamid Khan, a Senior Pakistani police office
  • Krunal Pandit as Vardhan; A travel agent in Delhi
  • Mursaleen Qureshi as Boo Ali; A smuggler at India-Pakistan's border who helps Pawan and Munni to cross the border illegally
  • Manoj Bakshi as Aamir Qureshi; A Police Inspector
  • Harssh A. Singh as Shamsher Ali; a news channel head in Pakistan and Nawab's boss
  • Yudhvir Dahiya as a reporter of NDTV
  • Atul Srivastava as Diwakar Chaturvedi, Pawan's father, who chided him for his failures

ProductionEdit

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

DevelopmentEdit

The film's co-writer K. 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.[7][8]

Kabir Khan noted that his script for 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.[9]

Principal photographyEdit

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.[10] On 10 January 2015, Khan shot with school students in Rajasthan's Jhunjhunu district.[11] Shooting of the film was completed on 20 May. Some scenes of the film were shot at Khan's Panvel farm house.[12] Shooting also took place in the Kashmir Valley in places like Sonamarg and Zoji La.[13][14][15][16] The film's climax was shot at Sonmarg near the Thajiwas glacier (at 10,000 ft above sea level) with around 7,000 people.[17][18][19] Nawazuddin Siddiqui's character Chand Nawab was inspired by a real character Chand Nawab, who was with Karachi-based Indus News in 2008.[20][21][22][23]

MusicEdit

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,[24] however he did not sign the film. 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.[25] "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.[26][27]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Selfie Le Le Re"Mayur Puri, BadshahVishal 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 Ali, KK04:13
10."Zindagi Kuch Toh Bata" (Reprise)Neelesh MisraJubin Nautiyal04:23
11."Tu Jo Mila" (Reprise)Kausar MunirPapon04:18
Total length:57:29

ReleaseEdit

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.[28][29] The film was also released in 50 countries outside India, on more than 700 screens.[30] Bajrangi Bhaijaan premiered at the 20th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) on 6 October 2015.[31]

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.[32] In December 2017, it was announced the film would release there in 2018.[33] Prior to the announcement, Bajrangi Bhaijaan had a cult following in China,[32] where it has an average rating of 8.6 out of 10 on the popular film site Douban, with over 70,000 votes.[34][33] It placed fourth on Douban's list of top foreign films of 2015.[6] Bajrangi Bhaijaan will be 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 will also be cut down in length to 140 minutes.[33][34] The film released in China on 2 March 2018.[35] In January 2018, it was announced that the film will 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.[36] On 6 February 2018, the film had advance screenings in 29 Chinese cities, receiving a positive reception from audiences.[37] It also had a limited preview on 25 February 2018.[38] 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,[39] with the title "バジュランギおじさんと、小さな迷子"[40] (Bajurangi ojisan to, chīsana maigo), which translates as "Uncle Bajrangi and a small lost child".[41]

ReceptionEdit

As of July 2020, the film holds an 87% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on fifteen reviews from English-language critics with an average rating of 6.4/10.[42] The film received similarly 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 Hindu epic Ramayana, which was composed between the 7th and 4th centuries BCE, and its monkey-god hero Hanuman), making the film relatable to Chinese audiences.[43] In January 2019, upon release in Japan, it was the week's highest-rated film on the Filmarks audience satisfaction survey.[44]

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."[45] 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."[46] 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."[47]

Comparisons were drawn between Bajrangi Bhaijaan and the 2006 Kannada film Kallarali Hoovagi in terms of the core plot and characters.[48]

Box officeEdit

Bajrangi Bhaijaan grossed 333 crore (US$44 million) worldwide in its first week,[49] beating the previous record of 332 crore (US$44 million) worldwide by PK. The film went on to net 3.15 billion (US$42 million) and 4.26 billion (US$57 million) gross[50] in India[51][52] and grossed 1.792 billion (US$24 million) overseas for a worldwide gross of 6.03 billion (US$80 million) in 31 days.[50][53] Bajrangi Bhaijaan became the quickest film to collect 1 billion (US$13 million)[54] and 2 billion (US$27 million) net domestically beating PK and Dhoom 3.[55] The distributor share of the film had crossed 150 crore (US$20 million) crore which is a record in India being the second film to do so after PK.[52][56] 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$66 million) worldwide, while it crossed 300 crore (US$40 million) at the domestic box office.[57][58]

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....[50][59][60] Bajrangi Bhaijaan grossed 626 crore (US$83 million) worldwide at the end of its 7th week.[61] The domestic Indian gross for the film was 433 crore (US$58 million) as of August 2015,[62] while its overseas gross was US$30.9million[63] (211.05crore)[64] as of 2017. It was one of the highest-grossing Indian film ever at the time, behind PK.[65] Prior to its China release, Bajrangi Bhaijaan's worldwide gross was 626 crore (US$10 million) as of 27 February 2018.[66] 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.[67][68] As of today, Bajrangi Bhaijaan is the third highest-grossing Indian film ever worldwide.[69] The film was marketed by a Mumbai-based company named Spice PR owned by Prabhat Choudhary.[70]

Territories Gross revenue
India 444.92 crore[71] ($69.27 million)
Overseas (2015–2016) $30.9 million[63] (211.05 crore)[64]
Pakistan PKR 54.01 Crore[citation needed] (US$5.33 million)
Arab States of the Persian Gulf US$9.45 million[72] (65 crore)[64]
United States and Canada US$8.187 million[73] (56 crore)[64]
United Kingdom £2,662,115[74] (US$4.07 million)
Australia A$1,701,000[72] (US$1.42 million)
New Zealand NZ$579,447[75] (US$404,084)
Hong Kong HK$1,364,088[74] (US$174,082)
Overseas (2018–2019) $45,775,066–47,840,702 (₹313.09 crore+)[76]
China $45,534,364–47,600,000[77][67] (₹311.45 crore+)[76]
Japan $196,062[78] (₹1.34 crore)[76]
Turkey $44,640[77] (₹30.5 lakh)[76]
Overseas total $76,675,066 (₹524.14 crore)
Worldwide total ₹969.06 crore ($150 million)[3]

IndiaEdit

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 (US$3.6 million) in India on the first day of release,[79] and further showed incredible growth on its second and third day to gross 350 million (US$4.6 million), setting new records in several circuits,[80] and 385 million (US$5.1 million) on the first Sunday to take its first-weekend total to 1,005 million (US$13 million), which is an all-time first-weekend record, becoming the quickest film to gross 1 billion (US$13 million) domestically.[54][81] The film grossed 255 million (US$3.4 million) on its first Monday which is the highest-ever non-holiday Monday and[82][83] 21.25 crore (US$2.8 million) Tuesday as well as 20 crore (US$2.7 million) on its first Wednesday and Thursday 16 crore (US$2.1 million) to take its first-week gross to 183.52 crore (US$24 million), making it the highest first-week total for an Indian film in domestic markets beating previous record holder PK.[84]

The film grossed 13.50 crore (US$1.8 million) on its second Friday.[85][86][87] The film showed further growth and grossed 20.05 crore (US$2.7 million) on its second Saturday and 24.05 crore (US$3.2 million) Sunday for a total of 57.50 crore (US$7.6 million), which is the highest second weekend ever for an Indian film and took its domestic total to 240.72 crore (US$32 million) in ten days and also made it the second highest weekend ever for an Indian film.[88] Bajrangi Bhaijaan grossed around 10 crore (US$1.3 million) on its second Monday. Bajrangi Bhaijaan grossed around 9.3 crore (US$1.2 million) on its second Tuesday, 9.1 crore (US$1.2 million) on its second Wednesday, and 9.3 crore (US$1.2 million) on its second Thursday. Bajrangi Bhaijaan grossed 87 crore (US$12 million), which is the second-highest second-week collection of all time to take its two-week domestic gross to 270.50 crore (US$36 million).[89]

Bajrangi Bhaijaan grossed 4 crore (US$530,000) on its third Friday, 6.08 crore (US$810,000) on its third Saturday, and 9.08 crore (US$1.2 million) on its third Sunday to take its third weekend total to 20 crore (US$2.7 million) which is the second-highest third weekend of all time. The film grossed around 20 crore (US$2.7 million) in its third weekend, reaching 292 crore (US$39 million) in seventeen days in India to become the second-highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time in domestic markets, beating Dhoom 3.[90] The film went on to gross 1.53 billion (US$20 million) overseas for a worldwide gross of 540 crore (US$72 million) in just 17 days.[53] 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 (US$1.0 million) gross mark after its third weekend.[91] The film grossed 3.50 crore (US$460,000) on its third Monday, 2.50 crore (US$330,000) on its second Tuesday, and 2.43 crore (US$320,000) on its second Wednesday to take its 19 days total to 300.6 crore (US$40 million) in India and become only the 2nd Indian film to do so.[92] The film also recorded the third-highest third week ever as it grossed 2.50 crore (US$330,000) on its third Thursday for a combined total of 30 crore (US$4.0 million) in its third week.[93][94]

The film grossed 7.25 crore (US$960,000) in its fourth weekend.[95] The film grossed 10.65 crore (US$1.4 million) in its fourth week, 3.78 crore (US$500,000) in its fifth week, 1.49 crore (US$200,000) in its sixth week, 0.65 crore (US$86,000) in its seventh week, and 0.195 crore (US$26,000) in its eighth week. The film collected 0.11 crore (US$15,000) 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.[96] The film's final domestic gross was ₹444.92 crore[97] (US$69.35 million).

OverseasEdit

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.[98][99] The film has grossed around $2.45 million in its first weekend in US-Canada.[100] Bajrangi Bhaijaan grossed 4.5 crore (US$280,000) in Pakistan in first 3 days of its release,[101] and subsequently 6 crore (US$370,000) in the first week.[102][103][104] The ten-day overseas gross of Bajrangi Bhaijaan is US$17 million plus.[105][106] 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.[107][108] Bajrangi Bhaijaan set an all-time record in the Persian Gulf region with collections of 47.9 crore (US$6.4 million) to become the highest-grossing film in the territory, beating films like Happy New Year and Dhoom 3.[109] 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.[109] 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.[72] Bajrangi Bhaijaan grossed £2,662,115 in the United Kingdom,[74] US$9,450,000 in the Persian Gulf region, and A$1,701,000 in Australia.[72] The film grossed $8,180,000 after its sixth weekend in the United States and Canada,[72] with a final gross of US$8.187 million in the US and Canada.[73] In Hong Kong, the film grossed HK$1,364,088 (US$174,082) in 2016.[74] Bajrangi Bhaijaan grossed US$30.9 million[63] (211 crore)[64] overseas as of 2017.[63] 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.[67][68]

ChinaEdit

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.[110] 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).[111] On its second day, Bajrangi Bhaijaan grossed $3.11 million, entering the top five, with a two-day gross of $5.36 million.[112] It grossed another $3.13 million in its third day,[113] giving it an opening weekend gross of $9 million[114] 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.[115] 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.[115][116]

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.[67] In 31 days, the film had a cumulative gross of $48 million[67] (313 crore).[68] The film's audiences were about 60% female and 40% male, and the majority were in the 20–34 age group.[117] 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.[69]

AccoladesEdit

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 [118]
[119]
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 [120]
[121]
Best Director Kabir Khan Nominated
Best Story K. V. Vijayendra Prasad Won
Best Actor Salman Khan Nominated
Global Indian Music Academy Awards 6 April 2016 Best Film Album Bajrangi BhaijaanPritam Nominated [122]
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 [123]
Best Child Artist Harshaali Malhotra Won
International Indian Film Academy Awards 26 June 2016 Best Film Bajrangi Bhaijaan Won [124]
[125]
Best Director Kabir Khan Nominated
Best Story K. V. Vijayendra Prasad Nominated
Best Screenplay K. 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 [126]
[127]
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 [128]
Producers Guild Film Awards[c] 22 December 2015 Best Film Bajrangi Bhaijaan Won [129]
[130]
[131]
Best Director Kabir Khan Nominated
Best Dialogue Nominated
Best Story K. V. Vijayendra Prasad Won
Best Screenplay K. 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
Promising Debut Female Harshaali Malhotra Nominated
Best Child Actor Won
Best Music Director Pritam Nominated
Screen Awards 8 January 2016 Best Film Bajrangi Bhaijaan Won [132]
Best Director Kabir Khan Won
Best Story K. 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 [133]
[134]
Best Director of the Year Kabir Khan Won
Best Story K. V. Vijayendra Prasad Nominated
Best Screenplay K. 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 [135]
[136]
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 [137]
[138]
[139]
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

Home mediaEdit

The film is made available on Disney+Hotstar, Eros Now and on Amazon Prime Video (In Selected Regions).

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  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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