29 September, 2020

Calling Agent Hanuman

For a while Pakistanis have suffered the paradox of usi ko dekh kar jeete hain jis kaafir par dum nikle...

Calling Agent Hanuman

For a while, Pashtoons of my generation had played with our motto of, “dosti ki hai, nibhani toh padegi” by joking that Hanuman too may have been a Pashtoon. After all, why would anyone set his own tail on fire to save another’s wife? Other than Hanuman and a Pashtoon. Secreting yourself to foreign, strange lands and putting yourself on fire to keep to your word—calling Agent Hanuman Khan! However, it is only this year with Bajrangi Bhaijaan that someone has worked with the “Ek baar jo maine commitment kar di” dedication and the zealous devotion “jo dil mein aata hai, samajh mein nahin” that have been the hallmark of the Bajrang Bali folklore. Well let’s just say Kabir Khan has worked it to his project’s advantage.

Bajrangi Bhaijaan has so much Pakistan-India fraternal love: we get not one but two larger-than-life brother figures. Both contentious, I must say, with their share of detractors. Salman Khan, India ka bhai, and a hat tip to ‘Lala’ (elder...



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