Bharat Movie Review: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif and Sunil Grover deliver a BLOCKBUSTER this Eid | PINKVILLA

2020-12-31

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Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif’s Bharat releases today. The movie is directed by Ali Abbas Zafar and sees Sunil Grover play a crucial role in the flick. But is it worth spending your money on Bharat? Read our review of Bharat to find out.





Bharat Movie Review: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif and Sunil Grover deliver a BLOCKBUSTER this EidBharat Movie Review: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif and Sunil Grover deliver a BLOCKBUSTER this Eid

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Movie: Bharat

Bharat Director: Ali Abbas Zafar

Bharat Cast: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Sunil Grover, Disha Patani and others. 

Bharat Movie Stars: 4/5

“Yeh sher buddha zaroor ho gaya hai. Lekin shikaar karna nahi bhula,” says Salman Khan few moments into Bharat. You can almost hear the 53-year-old star roaring under the mask of a 70-year-old man, warning not to mess with him at the box office. Salman takes over Eid 2019 with the help from Katrina Kaif and Ali Abbas Zafar in the form of Bharat. The movie’s plot is based on a Korean movie Ode To My Father. The movie also stars Sunil Grover, who plays Salman’s best friend. Bharat is divided into five eras. Bharat’s childhood, his teenage life, his adulthood, his mid-life and his old age. The movie recalls historic instances like the 1947 partition, Jawaharlal Nehru’s death, the 1983 Cricket World Cup, Manmohan Singh’s liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation plans and the present times (in this case 2010) to tell the story. Did it work? Absolutely. Here’s my review of Bharat:

Story:  

Bharat is a story about a man named Bharat (played by Salman Khan). He was born in Mirpur, Pakistan, lived with his parents and siblings. Tragedy strikes when India and Pakistan partition is announced. Bharat and his family leave for India. However, due to some unfortunate circumstances, Bharat’s father (played by Jackie Shroff) stays back in Mirpur. Before he bids farewell, he promises Bharat that he will meet him at a store called Hind in Old Delhi. It is run by Bharat’s aunt. 

Years pass, there is no sign of the father. Bharat undergoes several life experiences with his best friend (Sunil Grover). This includes his act in a Russian circus where he rode in the Well of Death. His job as a labourer in oil mines of the Middle East. His stint in the merchant navy and eventually taking over his aunt’s store in Old Delhi. He takes up these various jobs to live up to the promise he made to his father of taking care of the family. We must say, Bharat did a fabulous job at it. 

Salman, Katrina and Sunil shine: 

Bharat the character has various layers. From being a responsible son to a loving father and a caring boyfriend, the movie shows the different facets of the character. It has worked wonders for the movie. Salman takes his role seriously and we see him transform with every era he portrays. I couldn’t help remember Salman from the 90s when I watched him dance with Disha Patani’s Radha in the movie. The de-aging was done flawlessly. He held on to his charm from the decade as well. 

As the movie progresses, his on-screen age moves forward as well. Salman has made sure he distinguishes each era with his own charm. He did it brilliantly. 

Salman’s performance is taken to the next level by the fabulous Katrina. The actress, who plays Kumud aka Salman’s love interest, was outstanding. I loved the fact that her off-screen chemistry with Salman, as seen in her recent interviews with him, was incorporated with such each in the movie, making their relationship so real. I loved watching them create magic on screen with their banter and their romantic chemistry. But one of Bharat’s highlight was Katrina had few of the best punch dialogues which she delivered effortlessly. Apart from her acting, she stole my heart with her killer looks. 

Another stunner in the movie was Sunil Grover. With Bharat, he proved that he could steal the spotlight with a Khan by his side. Every frame that he shared with Salman, Sunil managed to grab the audience’s attention and keep it on him. I think I would want to see him pair up with other leading stars in the industry as well. The other co-stars have done a great job and helping the movie come to shape. 

Different storytelling: 

As for the story, Bharat is a well-told tale. Bharat shapes up as promised in the trailers. The first half is crisp, narrating a tight story. With every scene unfolding, the curiosity to find out about Bharat’s life increases. The movie doesn’t waste screen time on unnecessary drama and gets to the point quickly. There is hardly a moment when you are distracted. The second half focuses on Bharat’s hunt for his long-lost father and sister. While the pace reduces, the second half is high on emotional value. There are a couple of times when you tear up before you completely break down. 

Another element that stands out in Bharat was Zafar’s style of intertwining iconic historic moments of India for better storytelling. While he sends shivers down your spine recreating the partition scene, he shows Bharat’s journey with the three fields India loves: politics, entertainment and cricket. He uses Jawaharlal Nehru’s death, India’s victory in the 1983 World Cup and Shah Rukh Khan‘s era in Bollywood to establish the twists and turns of the story. An interesting and different take, I must say. 

High on music: 

How can I write a Bharat review without mentioning about the songs, especially Zinda? The song is spread across the movie and ignites goosebumps every time it is played. The background score perfectly blends with the moment, making Bharat a great watch. Ali Abbas Zafar has done a great job with Bharat. 

Final verdict:

The movie comes to a complete circle in the climax. There are no questions left unanswered, leaving you satisfied. You laugh, you weep and you just feel nice for Bharat. The movie is treated like a grandpa telling a couple of tales to his grand-kids and it does it beautifully. Watch Bharat for it will definitely bring a huge smile on your face. I never felt so heartwarming since Bhajrangi Bhaijaan. Suggestion: Watch it with an avid Salman Khan fan in a single screen for a memory of a lifetime. ​

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