“Bharat” Review: An Epic Odyssey Filled With Humour, Love And Loads Of Emotions

Mohnish Singh |Jun 05, 2019

“Bharat” reunites the terrific trio of Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif and Ali Abbas Zafar after the massive success of their last release “Tiger Zinda Hai” (2017). It’s an official adaptation of path-breaking South Korean film “Ode to My Father” (2014).

After the humongous success of their last outing Tiger Zinda Hai, Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif and hit filmmaker Ali Abbas Zafar have teamed up once again for yet another larger-than-life film called Bharat. The movie, which is an official remake of South Korean partition drama Ode to My Father, has created a lot of pre-release buzzes.

Does Bharat really live up to mammoth expectations of viewers and excellent pre-release euphoria? Let us find out in this detailed review of the high-profile flick.

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Bharat is a story of war and its aftermath. Bharat as a child loses his father and sister while the entire family was trying to save itself from the horrors of the Indo-Pak partition in 1947. Distressed Bharat has little hope to meet his father and sister again in life.

However, keeping his hope alive, he decides to dedicate his entire life to his mother and siblings. The film is a six-decade-long journey of Bharat (Salman Khan) which shows what all he goes through to see his family united again.

What’s Hot?

Bharat is a character-driven affair and it is so amazing to see how director Ali Abbas Zafar has etched so many brilliant characters in one film. The icing on the cake is that not only the lead cast but the supporting cast also lends its full support to ensure that Bharat turns out to be a movie that is also remembered for a long time for its performances, besides its grandeur and larger-than-life appeal.

Salman Khan is in his best form. He is the lifeline of the movie and lives the character of Bharat to a T. After watching him play Bharat so convincingly on celluloid, your mind cannot come up with the name of any other actor who could have played this role better than him. With his layered performance, Khan makes you laugh, cry and feel proud of whom you are and where you belong to. The superstar steals the show in every avatar.

Talking about Katrina Kaif, she plays her character of Kumud with ease. The actress has got some brilliantly written scenes and she nails them perfectly. After Tiger Zinda Hai, filmmaker Ali Abbas Zafar has once again succeeded in taking out the best in her.

Her chemistry with Salman Khan, as always, is terrific. Sunil Grover and Disha Patani also play his part with honesty. However, you wish to see them more on the screen. The film has a strong supporting cast and every actor does his best to make Bharat an unforgettable experience for cinegoers.

Bharat does not boast of a great story, but the way filmmaker Ali Abbas Zafar narrates it makes it interesting enough to hold your attention. It is impossible not to be engrossed in the emotion of the story that is so moving and compelling. Zafar proves yet again that he is a truly versatile and accomplished director who understands the nerve of the audience like no one else. The incidents shown in the movie may have happened decades ago, but with his enthralling writing and screenplay, Ali transports you right into the heart of it.

Music of Bharat is okay. Slow Motion Mein is the catchiest song in the entire album. Aithey Aa is also a good choice. The movie has been shot brilliantly and the whole credit for the same goes to cinematographer Marcin Laskawiec. He is just brilliant. The artwork and production value of the film are rich.

What’s Not?

With a runtime of almost three hours, Bharat feels more than a little stretched. It needed better trimming. There are several scenes which do not really add much to the narrative of the film. They could have been easily chopped off. The movie has some pacing issues as well.

The first half of it is a tad slow, again because of some unnecessary scenes stuffed here and there as if to increase the length of the film on purpose. The placement of songs, at times, gets your goats.

Final Verdict

Bharat is a must watch despite a few flaws. It is a film worth every single penny that you spend on buying its tickets. It has humor, longing and a sea of emotions that keep you invested from the word go. After a long time, Salman Khan has delivered a performance that really pulls on your heartstrings. Your heart skips a beat whenever Katrina Kaif appears on the screen. In a nutshell, Bharat is a complete family entertainer. I am going with 4 stars.

Movie Details

Banner: Reel Life Productions, Salman Khan Films, T-Series
Director: Ali Abbas Zafar
Starring: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Disha Patani, Sunil Grover, etc.
Runtime: 155 Minutes
STARBIZ Rating: 4/5

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