Movie Review: Bharat
Directed by- Ali Abbas Zafar
Produced by- Atul Agnihotri, Alvira Khan, Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar
Starring- Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Sunil Grover, Disha Patani, Kashmira Irani, Jackie Shroff and others
Music- Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani
Written by- Ali Abbas Zafar, Varun V. Sharma,
Cinematography by- Marcin Laskawiec
Edited by- Rahul Purav, Nidhhi Raawat, Pavan Theurkar
Bharat directed by Ali Abbas Zafar is a story of a man and a nation together. This is Zafar’s and Salman’s third movie together after Sultan and Tiger Zinda Hai. Salman Khan plays the protagonist in the movie. The film is a remake of the Korean movie “Ode to My Father” and the director does not change anything from the original movie but just sets it in a different geography.
Bharat opens with a shot of Delhi’s Jama Masjid. A shop in old Delhi emerges as one of the pivotal factors in the story. Separated from his father and sister at the time of partition, Bharat is a journey of a man (spanning over six decades), whose every decision in life is based upon the benefits it will have for his family. Salman plays a selfless, family oriented man who does not even marry, just because he feels that his love will be distributed if he ties the knot.
Sunil Grover plays the role of Salman’s friend, whom he meets at a refugee camp after partition, and who remains by his side through thick and thin. Katrina Kaif plays Kumud, the leading lady in the film with the right amount of spunk required to play a character that prioritizes heart over the brain.
Disha Patani features in a cameo and her role is too short to leave an impact. Tabu also makes a surprising cameo in the film but some notable actors like Kumud Mishra and Satish Kaushik are wasted in side roles.
The music of the film is average at best and songs are forced to fit into the script. Slow motion is the only number that you will be tapping your foot to. The cinematography is top notch and an honest effort has been made to create the Delhi of yesteryears.
Salman has put in his best and tries hard, but the slow pace of the story fails him in parts. The director tries to put everything in the mix which leads to a cocktail of emotions and drama that feels too contrived.
Our Verdict: Clocking in at 2 hrs and 47 mins, the film is a bit too long and could have been better with at least half an hour of trimming. Bharat at the end of the day can be explained as an emotional drama that wants to inspire the viewers. The problem with Bharat is that the drama is a bit too much in your face and that makes it a little over the top.