Salman Khan made a strong comeback move to the big screen this Eid with Bharat, pairing with Katrina Kaif. The director of the movie, Ali Abbas Zafar was seen making a full use of the superstar’s strength in the film and gives his fans Bharat, a character to cherish to the extremes.
- Movie Name: Bharat
- Cast: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif
- Director: Ali Abbas Zafar
What do we expect from a Salman Khan film? One can definitely not find the answer to that question in the reviews of his movies but will definitely find the answer to that question in a single screen theatre, on Eid morning, as the entry itself will screams the lungs out for this one man. “Upar Allah, neeche dharti, beech mein tera junoon”– It is this junoon that makes Salman fan get out his homes on Eid day and watch their superstar on the big screen-One more time and year after year.
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Bharat is directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, in this film, which is an official adaptation of the Korean hit Ode to my Father, musters none of the heft that it aspires for. The makers have nothing particularly meaningful to say about either the protagonist’s or the country’s journey spanning nearly seven decades. As a result the film is unmistakably boring.
From a motorcycle stunt driver in a circus, to a technician job in an oil refinery somewhere in the Gulf, to an adventure on the high seas in the Merchant Navy, Bharat’s every move is driven by one single promise made by his father. And that promise scene at the start of the film is repeated so many times in flashbacks that it loses its impact eventually while the movie moves forward.
One of the best works in the film is the romantic track between Bharat and Kumud (character name for Katrina Kaif), which is playful and occasionally funny, and develops nicely as per the shown characters age. Katrina’s hair and make-up is questionable, but she shares an undeniable chemistry and comfort with her leading man, which gives this film some of its most charming moments. The looks of both the character looks somehow forced as per the real age.
Sunil Grover gets an equal participation of screen time as Vilayati, Bharat’s most trusted and one and only best friend from childhood who sticks by his side through his many situations forecasted in the movie. Sunil has a natural flair of conjuring up comedy in the simplest of moments, yet the script puts him through cringey scenes of forced humor like one in which he loses his underwear during a medical examination in front of Katrina Kaif as the examiner.
More dramatic is watching very young Disha Patani paired opposite trying-to-look-very-young Salman in one of the early chapters of the movie. Also, Sonali Kulkarni, who is nine years younger than him, is playing his mother’s role in the movie. This might not seem like a big deal in the larger picture, but it’s reflective of an old malaise that Bollywood hasn’t been able to shake off yet. Salman’s aura is such.
Bharat ranks close enough to lower end, somewhere below the previous movies- Tubelight and Race 3. There’s a lot happening in this movie, yet very little is particularly remarkable. Salman plays the actual Salman for once again, and if you enjoy that goofy looks then this is just the right movie for you, but not to forget its fast getting old.