Is Bajrangi Bhaijaan based on Blessy’s Kaazhcha?
The latest epic movie of the muscle man of Bollywood, Salman Khan, is a hit among Malayalis and others alike though with Malayalam audience, it carries the nostalgia of an excellently-crafted movie Kaazhcha by Blessy. With Bajrangi Bhaijaan making records, it is curious to note that this recent hit has certain likenesses to Blessy’s Kaazhcha which was released in 2004.
The blockbuster, well on the way to becoming the highest grossing film in India, is produced by Salman Khan and Rockline Venkatesh and is scripted by K V Vijayendra Prasad who also wrote the script for Bahubali. It amassed Rs 475 crore within 12 days of release and is second only to PK in box office collections.
It revolves around the story of a speech impaired little girl, Shahida, from Pakistan who gets stranded in India during a train journey. The plot develops into the troubled quest by the hero, Bajrangi, to take the girl safely back to her home.
Interestingly, the thread of Kaazhcha as well moves along the same lines. Madhavan, a simple village man, finds Pavan aka Kochundapri who is a victim of the Gujarat earthquake. Just like Bhaijaan finds Shahida, who is also a helpless child who is lost. Madhavan communicates with Pavan through actions and gestures mainly as the child is from Gujarat and does not know Malayalam.
Likewise, speech-impaired Shahida and her rescuer Bhaijaan do not share a common language and communicates mainly nonverbally. And just like Madhavan tries to shoo off Pavan with a ten rupee note, Shahida too is faced with a similar situation. The story of Kaazhcha develops as Madhavan takes the boy to Gujarat in the hope of finding his family there.
Another curious thing to be noted about these two movies is that the copyright to the story of Kaazhcha was sold to Rockline Venkatesh who is also the producer of Bajrangi Bhaijaan.
However the similarities end here. While Kaazhcha is a serious Malayalam drama dealing with the emotions and trauma, Bajrangi Bhaijaan is the story of a quest with the seasoning of comedy, romance, action as well as religious harmony. Bajrangi Bhaijaan is indeed a huge success not only in terms of record box office collection but also because of the overwhelming response of the audience both domestic and foreign, especially from Pakistan.
Watch here the climax of Malayalam movie, Kaazhcha: