New Delhi | Abhinav Gupta: Bharat movie review 

Directed By: Ali Abbas Zafar

Produced By: Atul Agnihotri, Alvira Khan Agnihotri, Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Nikhil Namit and Salman Khan under the banners Reel Life Productions, Salman Khan Films and T-Series

Cast: Salman Khan as Bharat, Katrina Kaif as Kumud Raina, Tabu as Madhu, Sunil Grover, Disha Patani as Radha, Satish Kaushik, Jackie Shroff as Bharat’s Father, Sonali Kulkarni, Mushtaq Khan, Brijendra Kala, Ivan Sylvester Rodrigues, Anant Vidhaat Sharma, Aasif Sheikh, Nora Fatehi, Manav Vij, Shashank Arora, Kashmira Irani, Varun Dhawan as a young Dhirubhai Ambani (special appearance).  

Bharat Review

Once again choosing the auspicious occasion of Eid for his much-awaited big-ticket movie, Salman Khan has beyond question made a colossal comeback on the big screen with an Eidi (gift) for his uncompromising fans.

To make it straight and simple, Bharat is a Salmanesque affair with a garnish of excellent supporting roles by Katrina and Sunil Grover, who has played the role of Salman’s best friend Vilayati, making a complete entertainment package. Satish Kaushik is funny in a special appearance. Aasif Sheikh gets his moment to shine.

However, it seems like Ali Abbas Zafar failed to recreate the magic like Tiger Zinda Hai and Sultan. While the first half of the movie comes with an excellent of romance, action, comedy and patriotism, the second half turns a bit more dramatic, more that what may make a connect with the real life.    

While Jackie and Sonali Kulkarni are excellent on their part as always, Grover is also seen doing complete justice to his well-written role.      

With Salman once again sharing the screen with his frequent co-star and rumoured off-screen romantic interest Katrina Kaif after five years, the film has a blockbuster mix of action, romance, comedy, patriotism and emotion.

Trade analysts state that the film has released across 4700 screens in India and over 6000 screens worldwide. Bharat is being touted to be one of the biggest Hindi film releases in India.

While Twitteratti have already declared the Salman-Katrina starrer a blockbuster and an “out-an-out entertainer”, Bhaijaan fans who watched the first day first show went crazy over the film and are hoping it to cross the magical mark of Rs 400 crore.

Salman and Katrina’s chemistry gets a thumbs up from the audience. In fact, Bharat is seen as Katrina’s best acting part till date who has done justice to her role of a woman who self assured without being cocky.

For a saga spanning six decades, Abbas has made it sure that the storyline doesn't go off the rails. 

Bharat Story

An official adaptation of 2014 South Korean drama, Ode to my Father, the 167-minute-long period drama revolves around the era of India-Pakistan partition in 1947.

The plot of the story hinges around the promise by an eight-year-old boy Bharat to his father (Jackie Shroff) and then spends the entire life fulfilling the same over a period of six decades -- from 1947 to 2010.

After getting separated from his father and sister (Tabu) during Partition, Bharat migrates to Delhi with the rest of his family.  

With the responsibility of looking after his mother and wives and a hope to reunite with his missing father, Bharat navigates through the peaks and valleys of the life,

While doing risky odd jobs to make the ends meet, Bharat meets his first love Radha (Disha Patani), who is essaying the role of a circus performer and artist, and then Kumud (Katrina), with whom he stays till the end. 

Songs play a spark plug

Disha's dance number, Slow Motion, is already a rage. It is the biggest hit this season and it is gaining a lot of attention for the chemistry between Salman and Disha.

Another romantic number in the movie which is ruling the charts is “Chashni”. Other songs include ‘Aithey Aa’, ‘Zinda’, ‘Aaya Na Tu’ and Thap Thap.

With six lifespan looks of the actor, the movie’s songs have struck a chord amongst the audience with the soulful jukebox with all renditions.

Overall, Bharat, despite a not-so-perfect story line, bit of flaws in illustrating the Partition period and characters' makeup left a lot to be desired, takes you on an emotional ride and leaves you with a smile on your face.

With good performances by Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Sunil Grover and Jackie Shroff, an emotional touch of patriotism and relationships, and a scent of humour and classical old-time Bollywood dialogues, Bharat is surely going to be the ideal choice for a perfect family entertainment this weekend.   

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta