Director: Ali Abbas Zafar
Starring: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Sunil Grover, Sonali Kulkarni, Jackie Shroff, Disha Patani
Screenplay: Varun. V.Sharma, Ali Abbas Zafar and Si-jin- Park (Original Screenplay)
Salman Khan Films, Reel Life Productions and T Series present BHARAT is a movie about the journey of a man from 10 years old to 70 years old and the ups and downs that he faces in his life. An official adaptation of South Korean drama Ode to my Father (2014), Bharat focuses on the personal and professional choices of its righteous hero, set against the social backdrop of its time.Separated from his father and sister during the Indo-Pak partition in 1947 when he was 10 years old. His father’s parting words keep the family together become his life’s goal. In order to take care of his mother and two younger siblings, he takes up jobs in the circus, on an oil rig in the Gulf and in the merchant navy.During Bharat 30’s he falls in love with the feisty Kumud, an oil rig recruiter (Katrina Kaif), who is brave and honest. Bharat in his journey is accompanied on every stage of his life by his best friend Vilayati (Sunil Grover). BHARAT infuses ample amount of emotions and entertainment.
The biggest flaw in the movie is that it is advertised as a journey of a man and a nation together but that is hardly the case in the screenplay of the movie. The instances from the Indian history look and feel forced throughout the narrative of the movie barring the partition portion which is the main backbone of the story. The episodic feel of the narrative in the screenplay is also a big off point for the movie as well. However what works is that attention to detail and the execution of the partition bits in the movie. The makers get that entire episode bang on and it transports the audiences to that time zone. Same detailing is once again bang on in the pre-climax portions of the movie near the Wagah Border.
Technically the film is brilliant. Cinematography by Marcin Laskawiec is superb. Rameshwar S. Bhagat’s editing is okay, the film could have been edited more crisply. Music is average barring the song Slow Motion rest of the songs don’t live up to the hype and this surely doesn’t feel like a Vishal-Shekhar album. The film also has a thrilling background score.
Performances wise Salman Khan is amazing; he plays his character and the different stages of his life very convincingly. He as usual is the heart and soul of the film. Katrina Kaif is impressive. Her chemistry with Salman feels natural and she does a good job at portraying a woman who is self-assured. Sunil Grover brings in the fun element through his performance and Grover does complete justice to his well-written role. Sonali Kulkarni and Jackie Shroff play their part very well. While others like Kummad Mishra and others have hardly got anything substantial to do in the movie and feel like they’re wasted.
After two Super hit collaborations with Salman Khan, Ali Abbas Zafar in his third collaboration with Salman Khan mounts the meandering story in an unhurried manner on a huge canvas. While he manages to keep you hooked despite his complex source material and misplaced songs, Bharat has too many things happening at once and the climax should have been shorter than what it is. This eventually makes the movie an exhausting despite the entertainment, humour and nobility it propagates.
At the box-office
The film has taken a phenomenal start thanks the Eid holiday. Post the five-day extended weekend a clearer picture will emerge as to where the movie can get to eventually.