Bharat (2019) – Movie Review

Bharat is an action drama film written and directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, who also directed Tiger Zinda Hai (2017). The film is based on the South Korean film Ode to My Father (2014).

The film tells the life story of Bharat (Salman Khan) from India’s post-independence era to the current times. The film’s plot revolves around the event of India-Pakistan partition riots of 1947 when Bharat(then 8 years old) accidentally loses his baby sister, Gudiya. His father Gautam Kumar (Jackie Shroff) stays behind to search for Gudiya and asks Bharat to take care of his mother and two younger siblings and takes a promise from him that he’ll keep the family together till one day he comes back. Rest of the film follows the events like Bharat’s early life as the biggest attraction of The Great Russian Circus, the discovery of oil in the Gulf region, attacks by the Somalian pirates on the merchant ship, and Bharat’s presence at these events. The film also references India winning the first cricket world cup, India’s first Superstar, Socio-political, economical, and technological evolutions of India.

Except for the film’s partition scene, everything else fails in execution and screenplay. And every now and then film uses the flashbacks of that previous event to keep the audience engaged. I mean, the current timeline of the film is a total disappointment with respect to its storytelling and adaptation of the original, and that’s why film goes back, again and again, to keep it interesting. The film tries to tell the real heart touching story, and even in some moments it succeeds, but that’s not enough for this kind of film. Salman’s portrayal of Bharat is larger than life, and sometimes it feels like a fantasy, which totally distracts the film from its core plot. Another issue with the film is its pacing and totally annoying musical numbers, which drags the film so much that it makes you feel sleepy. Katrina Kaif as Kumud Raina, Bharat’s love interest, and Sunil Grover as Vilayti Khan, Bharat’s best friend give appreciating performances.

Verdict : No need to waste your money to watch it in movie theatres. Better than Tubelight (2017) but not as good as Sultan (2016).

Rating : 2.4/5

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