Release Date: 05th June, 2019
Cast: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Tabu, Disha Patani, Sunil Grover, Satish Kaushik, Naval Officer, Varun Dhawan, Aasif Sheikh, Jackie Shroff
Writer/Director: Ali Abbas Zafar
Producer/s: Atul Agnihotri, Bhushan Kumar, Alvira Agnihotri, Krishan Kumar
Bharat Movie Review Rating: 2.5/5 Stars (Two and a half stars)
Star Cast: 4 kinds of Salman Khan, out of which couple of them justify their presence, Jai to his Veeru, Buzz Lightyear to his Woody, quirkiness to his subtlety – Sunil Grover, a fellow artificial old-aged soulmate – Katrina Kaif, a long-distance-relationship reject Disha Patani & more
Director: The man who thought it would be emotional enough to have the central character named on the country (thank god, someone in Kyrgyzstan didn’t get this idea) – Ali Abbas Zafar
What’s Good: The emotional side of Salman Khan, background score pumps up the ordinary scenes, Sunil Grover – to an extent, cinematography capturing the right essence of every era
What’s Bad: Length (That’s what she said), slow pace ruins the connect, forced patriotism & an unconvincing 70-year-old Salman
Loo Break: All the songs apart from Aaya Na Tu!
Watch or Not?: Umm, if you’re a Salman fan, you’ll not be asking this question but if you’re not – watch it when it’s digitally available just to enjoy few high points of the film
There are few idiosyncrasies attached with the movies of certain stars – Shah Rukh Khan’s spreading his arms, emotional angle in an Aamir Khan film & ‘no animals were harmed’ certificate during Salman films (just kidding). We’re so obsessed with Salman having an entry scene; Ali decided to shoot a stand-alone scene as Bharat’s first scene and shabbily patched up with the film. In short, Bharat gets partitioned during 1947 from his father; now he has an entire family to take care of.
He washes cars, polishes shoes, joins the circus, goes to the middle east for a job, becomes a Merchant Navy officer with only one thought in mind (he has to keep his family together). In the meantime, he befriends Vilayati (Sunil Grover), falls in love with Radha (Disha Patani) and MadamSir Kumud (Katrina Kaif). Bharat, in the climax, remembers he’s on the quest to find his lost father (Jackie Shroff) and lil sister. Will they reunite? That’s what the story is all about.
Bharat Movie Review: Script Analysis
Without making it sound that I’ve hated the film, I would like to say that it’s not a bad film. The emotional core is strong and is all-heart, but it’s the narration that flips things on the other side. The whole partition scenario would have worked if it didn’t come with the baggage of a scattered timeline. The movie starts giving social messages abruptly in between, and there’s a very cringeworthy national anthem moment.
Remakes come with the limitation of what one could have done! Yes, Ali could have gone all out with just keeping the basic plot of the film same. He played with a very risky subject of the timeline because the to-and-fro drags the process. Credit where due – Ali’s direction, Marcin Laskawiec’s cinematography, Julius Packiam’s background score are the three major pluses of the film. Some scenes show the emotional struggle of Ali between keeping what he wants & ending up with some random sequences to please Bhai-fans.
Bharat Movie Review: Star Performance
Salman Khan’s breakdown scene showcases the optimum limit of his talent as he owns the aura. But then, he’s very unconvincing in the old-age portions. Nowhere near his recent bravura performances of Sultan, Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Tubelight, but still very lovable. He holds the proceedings very well in the emotional scenes but is very ordinary during the rest of the film.
Katrina Kaif comparatively feels more believable in the older portions, and she has played with her voice really well. As usual, she plays with her expressions amazingly well. Sunil Grover plays the rich man’s Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub here and gets a very meaty role. He’s not there just for the comic relief but the friendship angle just doesn’t click as it should’ve been. This should be because of the stretched story, and also because it could have been a lot but ends up being half-baked.
From the cameos, Satish Kaushik and Shashank Arora are royally wasted. Jackie Shroff is good and with very less screen time, his chemistry with Salman’s character is penned perfectly. Tabu just has one scene, which is good. Disha Patani’s smoking hot appearance adds nothing substantial to the story, so she’s forgettable. Same is the case with Nora Fatehi, apart from the dance in Turpeya she’s there just for a couple of scenes sans any dialogues (which is a good thing too). The script doesn’t do any good to the talent of Brijendra Kala and Kumud Mishra as well. Sonali Kulkarni as Bharat’s mother is least of the important when it should’ve been a game-changer for the script.
Star Cast: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Sunil Grover, Disha Patani
Director: Ali Abbas Zafar
Producer: Atul Agnihotri
Box Office Expectations: Last time Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif and Ali Abbas Zafar came together with Tiger Zinda Hai, they got their career’s biggest grosser. Now one and half year later, they come with Bharat and the expectations are only bigger than before. The film has a promising storyline, excellent starcast and astonishing buzz. Anything less than 300 crores won’t be acceptable for this one.
Box Office Impact: I watched a 7AM show of the film today and the hall was 30-35% full which is good considering it was an early morning show.
Coming to the impact of Bharat, it’s Salman Khan’s 2nd best film in recent times after Bajrangi Bhaijaan. Strong emotions and heart in the writing is the biggest driving factor. The film successfully touches the strings of your heart. It makes you cry, smile, laugh, proud BUT also has few melodramatic and unrelatable scenes which doesn’t let it be Salman’s best film.
The most pleasant surprise about the film is that Salman lets go his action hero image and impresses us in more realistic way. His heroism doesn’t come from the fighting scenes but his humanity. He is vulnerable, emotional and relatable and that’s what I really loved about him and his character. His performance is also good. He is excellent in the emotional scenes especially the one where he breakdown but average where he is shown old. Katrina Kaif has bettered up her acting skills but still has a long way to go as an actress. Her character is strong, bold, modern yet very soft at heart. She’s a “Bold”oger in a Men’s world but has her heart at right place. Sunil Grover is a delight to watch. He has got almost equal screen-space as of Salman and their bromance is so lovable. Disha Patani lightens up the screen with her charm and beauty. Tabu has a cameo and it’s effective. Nora Fatehi looks hot while dancing. Aashif Sheikh is a surprise element and has his own hilarious moments.
But, it’s Ali Abbas Zafar who is the hero of this film. Kudos to him for making such a beautiful mainstream film which sends out a beautiful message to the nation.
Music is the weakest link of this film though.
Box Office Prospects: The film can easily cross 300 crores mark at the Box Office but I expect it to go beyond 350 crores.