Directed by: Ali Abbas Zafar
Starring: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Tabu, Disha Patani, Sunil Grover, Jackie Shroff
Genre: Drama, Family, Biography
Release date: 05 June 2019
Running Time: 155 Minutes
An official adaptation of 2014 Korean film, ‘Ode to My Father’.
Bharat is an upcoming Indian Hindi-language drama film written and directed by Ali Abbas Zafar. It is jointly produced by Atul Agnihotri, Alvira Khan Agnihotri, Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Nikhil Namit and Salman Khan. The film stars Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Tabu, Disha Patani and Jackie Shroff. The story of the film will trace the history of India from the perspective of an ordinary man, so it shows the journey of protagonist, Bharat, from the age of 18 to 70.
Principal photography began in June 2018 and Bharat is scheduled for a theatrical release on 5 June 2019 on the occasion of Eid-Ul-Fitr. It is an official adaptation of the 2014 South Korean film ‘Ode to My Father‘.
Bharat began its principal photography in late June 2018, and was shot in various locations, including Abu Dhabi, Spain, Malta, Punjab and Delhi. Priyanka Chopra, who was cast as one of the leading ladies, opted out of the film days before filming her scenes. Nikhil Namit, CEO of Reel Life Productions, said that Priyanka quit due to her engagement with Nick Jonas. She was replaced by Katrina Kaif. Kaif shared the news on her Instagram account that filming was wrapped up on 5 March 2019.
Salman Khan posted a glimpse of Katrina Kaif and himself from the film on his Instagram account on 25 August 2018. The film’s trailer is to be showcased with the film Avengers: Endgame that will release on 26 April 2019 in India. First look poster of the film was released on 15 April 2019. It presented the lead actor Salman Khan in black and white beard commonly known as salt and pepper look. Another poster of an younger looking Salman was released on 16 April. The two posters describe the tagline of the film ‘Journey of a Man & Nation Together’. Third look poster of the film introducing Kaif and Khan himself in a helmet was released on 17 April. Fourth poster of the film presenting Khan in Eagle Marine uniform with Kaif in foreground was released on 18 April.
Bharat is scheduled to be released on 5 June 2019 on the occasion of Eid-Ul-Fitr.
Bharat Movie Trailer:
Bharat Movie Review:
Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif deliver an Eid entertainer
Salman Khan has often explained the rejection of his earlier Eid release, Tubelight, as thus — the film came out on a festival and people expected to be entertained; instead they left the theatre crying, and the film flopped. As much as a Salman Khan film can flop. That is why Bharat — despite finding its origins in the heart-wrenching Partition of India, and being linked to it till its climax — is primarily an entertainer. Some jokes land lightly and dance around you; others hit you in the small of your back with all the subtlety of an express train — but they are aplenty.
Bharat — Salman and director Ali Abbas Zafar tell you from the very first scene — will make you cry. But it will also give you action, romance, drama and definitely, comedy. Ergo, an Eid blockbuster – ask Salman’s fans. Bharat seems to be designed for them. In case you were expecting Salman and Ali to give you a reprisal of that brutally honest scene from Sultan in which the actor – shown overweight and past his prime – faced his reality and teared up, Bharat is not that film. Instead, as a bearded sexagenarian here, he beats up a group of much younger men without breaking a sweat. Bhai:1 – brutal honesty:0.
Bharat begins with a train full of corpses entering a sleepy station somewhere in Pakistan. Caught in the middle of post-Partition riots, Salman’s character – Bharat – gets separated from his father (Jackie Shroff) and sister. He spends the rest of the film, spread across 60 years, honouring his promise to his father – to keep their family together. Earnest and sure-footed, these are some of the best scenes of the film, and you can’t help but tear up.
As Bharat’s story runs parallel to that of independent India’s, momentous events in history get referenced — Nehru’s death, Amitabh Bachchan’s rise, India winning its first cricket World Cup, Sachin Tendulkar and Shah Rukh Khan emerging as superstars the nation looked up to. Even India’s liberalisation and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh get a postscript.
To take care of his mother (Sonali Kulkarni) and two siblings, Bharat becomes a circus artiste, ably supported by his childhood friend Vilayati (Sunil Grover). Bharat’s first girlfriend, Radha (Disha Patani), is there perhaps only for the Slow Motion song. Once she matches steps with a de-aged Salman, her track is unceremoniously discarded.
This is perhaps Bharat’s single biggest failing. Other than Salman, Katrina and perhaps Sunil, everyone gets half-baked roles and are expected to sleep-walk through the film. Actors as talented as Tabu, Sonali and Kumud Mishra are on the periphery with nothing much to do.
The film is at its most agile when its two leads are together. Salman as a coy Bharat and Katrina Kaif as the plain spoken Kumud — she of the foxy curls and Parveen Babi swag. The actor is feisty and charming and Salman is also at his best when he’s with her — whether as a young couple flirting on oil fields somewhere in the Middle East, or as an elderly couple looking back on a life well lived. In a refreshing moment, she even tells Bharat, “Tum thode self-obessed nahi ho?” Another zinger from her is “You are a human being, don’t try to play God.” It is hard not to cheer for Kumud.
A lot like Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Salman emerges as an advocate for peace between India and Pakistan. A long drawn out sequence underlines how both the countries lost their own identities during the Partition, and how wounds are far from healed may feel manipulative, but it works – I witnessed more than one person wiping away a tear.
That is where Bharat and Zafar score. Despite knowing what the film is trying to do, in some cases easily guessing plot turns in advance, you cannot help but enjoy it. This one is an Eid winner. Bhai just got his mojo back.
Bharat Movie Songs:
Aithey Aa – Bharat | Vishal & Shekhar ft. Akasa, Neeti, Kamaal
Slow Motion – Bharat | Vishal & Shekhar Feat. Nakash A, Shreya G
Chashni – Bharat | Vishal & Shekhar ft. Abhijeet Srivastava