Cast: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Sunil Grover, Disha Patani, Jackie Shroff
Written by Abbas Ali Zafar, Varun V. Sharma
Cinematography by Marcin Laskawiec
Music by Vishal – Shekar, Julius Packiam
Editing by Rameshwar S. Bhagat
Direction by Abbas Ali Zafar
Producers: Alvira Khan, Atul Agnihotri, Bhushan Kumar, Kishan Kumar, Nikhil Namit
Based on Korean film, On Ode to My Father!
First things First, Eid Mubharak to all our readers and followers. Thank you for being pillars of support in our journey and we hope to increase as times goes by with more and more quality content. Now, coming to Salman Khan’s Bharat, it has become a regularity to see Salman Khan coming out with a film on Eid and he did that again with his trusted director, Abbas Ali Zafar. Sultan and Tiger Zinda Hai worked on the actor, Salman Khan so much that they have become his biggest blockbusters and Abbas Ali directed them both. This time though there are lapses in story telling more than TZH.
Bharat (Salman Khan) comes to India after his family is sent to India post partition from Pakisthan with his father (Jackie Shroff) and sister. Bharat looses his father in the stampede and his father tells him that he will meet him at their usual place before parting away. Bharat believes in that and his journey is tied to his father’s philosophies and lessons at different stages.
The movie follows Salman Khan from 1960’s to 2010’s. Even as a Old Man, Salman is a dasher and basher like a Hindi film’s action hero. Abbas Ali sees that the fans don’t lose on the fan moments and introduction shots at every other opportunity. He tries to convert a more classy film into a massy one but it feels like long ordeal to sit through at times. While Salman Khan is the trump card, he is also the weak-link in the movie.
The actor in him is always on a vacation and suddenly Salman decides that the actor should be awoken and he is inconsistent at his best. Salman Khan is not even in Sultan form here. So, expecting a Bajrangi Bhaijaan is too much. But he shines at places his charisma is more needed and that helps him past through the lapses. In two strong emotional scenes, he could have gone Tubelight way but Abbas Ali seems to have controlled him.
Still, Katrina Kaif is a miscast and Disha proves that she is a beauty to look out for. Sunil Grover has his moments but his talent is not fully utilised. He shines better when he has simple moments but the character is not as etched out as Sultan’s friend in that movie. Tabu and Jackie Shroff are good but they have far less time than what story needed.
Abbas Ali crafts a really long film with a story that tries to mirror the growth of Indian society, its aesthetics, financial growth and even change in politics. It tries to bring in Entertainment industry stalwarts in and give them references as well, like Shah Rukh Khan and Sachin Tendulkar. But the emotional core doesn’t resonate as well as Bajrangi Bhaijaan and that brings down the movie with it.
It feels more like an ambitious attempt than a well-rounded film with all teams working on top of their game. Well, for a Salman Khan film that too mounted on such huge scale you want everyone to come together and deliver their absolute best. That is not the case here. It is not a disposable film but not a great one either. This is a Salman Khan film that could have been much better with all the ambition it had. Watch it without any expectations, you may like it.