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Bharat Movie Review Rating 3/5

Posted 2019/06/05 762 0

Salman Khan’s Bharat falls short of becoming a tour de force, but it could surely turn into a massive crowd-puller.


Director: Ali Abbas Zafar

Cast: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Disha Patani, Sunil Grover, Tabu and Jackie Shroff

Salman Khan’s latest Eid offering is likely to get off to a rapturous start. One got a hint of what was in store as soon as Khan walks into the frame as a grizzly, 70-year-old Bharat! That’s right, he does play a septuagenarian but one with a flamboyance that even a 30-year-old would envy.

The film is an official adaptation of the Korean film An Ode to My Father (about a man who longs to see his father and sister separated from him during wartime). Here the director adapts the story to the epic-like saga of Bharat (Salman Khan) a child of the independence-partition era and creates a metaphor of sorts for the larger idea of the country as a family.

The opening scene of a new world order or rather new market forces trying to replace the old one quickly plunges us into a flashback of Bharat’s life adventures. In the beginning, is a heart-wrenching incident from the partition that separates the family paving way for Bharat’s arrival in the freshly minted India at his aunt’s house in Purani Dilli.

Along his journey, Khan finds himself a friend for life– Vilayati (Sunil Grover) and together in search of livelihood, they set off on many an unexpected adventure. Their first one turns Khan into a daredevil motorcycle stuntman in the circus who aces the Maut Ka Kuan act. This slick sequence is replete with clever references to the circus act that inspired Amitabh Bachchan’s My Name is Anthony Gonsalves song. Tragically enough, the stint at the circus comes to an abrupt end after a mishap and then starts another journey where Khan meets Kumud Raina (Katrina Kaif) or ‘Madam-sir’ before embarking on yet another excursion.

For a film like Bharat, Vishal- Shekhar’s music with songs like Slow Motion and Chashni suffice, but rarely break out. Zinda, is an exception that stays with you for a while.

For all its virtues, Bharat falls short of becoming a tour de force, but it could surely turn into a massive crowd-puller.

Rating: 3/5


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