Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Ali Abbas Zafar|
|Produced by||Salman Khan|
|Based on||Ode to My Father|
by Yoon Je-kyoon
|Edited by||Rameshwar S. Bhagat|
|Distributed by||AA Films|
|Box office||est. ₹312.41 crore|
Bharat (transl. India)[a] is a 2019 Indian Hindi-language action drama film written and directed by Ali Abbas Zafar. It is jointly produced by Atul Agnihotri, Alvira Khan Agnihotri, Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Nikhil Namit and Salman Khan under the banners Reel Life Productions, Salman Khan Films and T-Series. The film stars Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Tabu, Sunil Grover, Disha Patani and Jackie Shroff. It traces India's post-independence history from the perspective of a common man, and follows his life from the age of 18 to 70.
Based on the 2014 South Korean film Ode to My Father, principal photography for Bharat began in April 2018. Shooting took place at such locations as Abu Dhabi, Spain, Malta, Punjab and Delhi. Kaif joined the cast soon after Priyanka Chopra opted out of the role after filming commenced, for her impending engagement to Nick Jonas. Filming concluded in March 2019. The film's soundtrack was composed by Vishal-Shekhar, with lyrics written by Irshad Kamil, and released under the banner T-Series.
Bharat was theatrically released in India on 5 June 2019, on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr. It received mixed reviews from critics, with praise directed to Kaif's performance, while the pace, Zafar's adaptation and screenplay received criticism. The film earned Rs 42.30 crore on its first day, becoming Khan's biggest opening day release. Bharat became the 2nd highest grossing Bollywood film of 2019 in the opening week.
During the 1947 Partition of India, Gautam Kumar and his family board a train to India with thousands of refugees to save themselves from the terrible riots. In the chaos, Gautam's young son, Bharat (then 8 years old), accidentally loses his baby sister, Gudiya. Gautam stays behind to search for her, despite knowing the risk, and tells his son to take his mother and two younger siblings to Bharat's aunt's imported goods store. Before letting go, Gautam has Bharat promise him that Bharat will keep the family together in his place.
As a child, Bharat takes all sorts of odd jobs to support his family. In 1964, as a pre-teen, he joins The Great Russian Circus with his best friend, Vilayati, and spends a number of years there, becoming one of the biggest attractions of the show, and also wooing Radha in the process. He leaves the circus when his brother Chote hurts himself in an accident while trying to emulate him.
In the mid-1970s, Bharat joins the Indian migration prompted by the discovery of oil in the Gulf region, as he hopes to earn enough to send back home. Here, he falls in love with his chief engineer Kumud Raina (Katrina) and survives a mining accident. Kumud confesses her love for him, but he tells Kumud he can't marry her, as he is afraid such a commitment will come in the way of fulfilling his father's promise, and leaves Saudi Arabia after his visa expires. Back home in India, Kumud arrives during his sister's wedding to announce their love, and says she is okay with being in a relationship without marriage. Bharat's mother agrees on Bharat's wish that they can be in a live-in relationship.
A few years pass and Bharat's aunt dies in 1983. His now-elderly uncle, in need of money, decides to sell the imported goods store, a move Bharat disagrees with. He leaves India again with Vilayati to take jobs as sailors in order to earn enough money to buy the store from his uncle. After 8 months aboard the ship, during which Vilayati gets married to Suzan at Malta, and they later thwart a pirate attack, Bharat returns to India and successfully buys the store. He runs it throughout the 1990s as more changes in India take place, and life goes on.
Kumud becomes the creative director of the then-newly-formed channel, Zee TV, and runs a program in which relatives separated during the Partition are reunited. Bharat is featured in hopes of finding his long-lost sister, Gudiya, and his father. A woman from London (Tabu) who was adopted as a child by a British family during the Partition comes on the program. Bharat converses with her, and realizes that she is indeed Gudiya. An emotional reunion ensues and his sister travels to India to see them. Bharat's mother passes away soon after. Bharat hopes to also find his father through the show but is unsuccessful.
In the present day, an elderly Bharat finally decides to sell his aunt's imported goods store, which, up to this point, he stubbornly refused to do despite the store's losing money. Before letting go on the train, Bharat's father had promised that he would come reunite with the rest of the family at the store, thus explaining why Bharat bought and held on to the store for so long. Bharat wistfully realizes that his father is probably too old now to be still be alive. His father's spirit appears to him and assures Bharat that he indeed kept his promise of keeping the family together. He tells Bharat that it is time to let him go and move on, freeing Bharat of the promise and hope he has held onto all these years. Bharat breaks into tears and leaves the store, finally letting go of his father. In the final scene, he is shown getting married to Kumud, finally deciding to move on with his life.
- Salman Khan as Bharat
- Katrina Kaif as Kumud Raina
- Sunil Grover as Vilayti Khan
- Tabu as Gudiya (Bharat's sister)
- Disha Patani as Radha
- Satish Kaushik as Naval Officer
- Jackie Shroff as Gautam Kumar
- Sonali Kulkarni as Janki Devi
- Aasif Sheikh as Mehek's Husband
- Nora Fatehi as Suzan
- Shashank Arora as Chote (Salman Khan's Brother)
- Kashmira Irani as Mehek
- Kumud Mishra as Keemat Rai Kapoor
- Ayesha Raza Mishra as Jamuna Kapoor
- Meiyang Chang as Jimmy
- Shehzad Khan as National Employment Exchange officer
- Edwin De La Renta as Mikhael (Pirate Leader)
- Manav Vij
- Mushtaq Khan
- Brijendra Kala
- Ivan Sylvester Rodrigues
- Anant Vidhaat Sharma
Bharat began principal photography in mid-April 2018, and was shot in various locations, including Abu Dhabi, Spain, Malta, Punjab and Delhi. Priyanka Chopra, who was cast as one of the leading ladies, opted out of the film days before filming her scenes. Nikhil Namit, CEO of Reel Life Productions, said that Priyanka quit due to her engagement to Nick Jonas. She was replaced by Katrina Kaif. Kaif shared the news on her Instagram account that filming was wrapped up on 5 March 2019. The climax was shot in Film City.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||17 May 2019|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
The film's soundtrack is composed by Vishal–Shekhar, with lyrics written by Irshad Kamil. It is released under the banner T-Series.. Devarsi Ghosh of scroll.in, positively summarised the soundtrack review as 'near-perfect'. Firstpost, praised the song 'chashni' as "soul-stirringly beautiful".
|1.||"Slow Motion"||Nakash Aziz, Shreya Ghoshal||4:07|
|3.||"Aithey Aa"||Akasa Singh, Neeti Mohan, Kamaal Khan||3:39|
|6.||"Aaya Na Tu"||Jyoti Nooran||5:57|
|7.||"Thap Thap"||Sukhwinder Singh||2:53|
|8.||"Chashni" (Reprise)||Neha Bhasin||3:59|
|9.||"Aithey Aa" (Dance Version)||Nakash Aziz, Neeti Mohan||3:38|
Marketing and release
Salman Khan posted a glimpse of Katrina Kaif and himself from the film on his Instagram account on 25 August 2018. Salman Khan released Bharat's first look poster on 15 April 2019, through Twitter.  On 17 April, a poster showcasing Kaif's character was released. The film's official trailer was released on 22 April 2019.
Renuka Vyavahare of The Times of India gave the film three and a half stars out of five, calling it "an exhausting, scattered watch despite the entertainment, humour and nobility it propagates". She concluded, "Bharat is well-intentioned, entertaining and doesn’t succumb to the trappings of commercial potboilers". Priyanka Sinha Jha of CNN-News18, praising Khan for his performance rates the film with three stars out of five, and feels that the script is bit lengthy and required 'sharper' editing. In the end, She says, "For all its virtues, Bharat falls short of becoming a tour de force, but it could turn into a crowd-puller." Trade analyst and critic Taran Adarsh concurs with Jha on script trimming and gives four stars out of five. Declaring it "smash-hit" he praises Ali for direction, Kaif, and Khan for performance. He feels that the film is an emotional journey that wins the viewers over. Manjusha Radhakrishnan of the Gulf News, also says that it would have benefited from trimming so finds the film 'dull', that is likely to test patience of audience. And, she gives it two stars out of five. Ananya Bhattacharya writing for India Today praised acting of Kaif and Khan but feels that the main attraction is Sunil Grover. She also rates it with three stars out of five and concludes that Salman has given his fans 'an out-and-out entertainer'. Rajeev Masand writing for CNN-News18, finds the film "unmistakably boring" and "excruciatingly long". He rates the film with two stars out of five. Anna M. M. Vetticad of Firstpost finds the film laden with weak 'humor' and 'lackluster' songs. Rating it with two stars out of five Vetticad concludes, "Far from being a Forrest Gump with Salman Khan, Bharat is mostly a plodding trek through post-1947 to contemporary India." Jyoti Sharma Bawa of the Hindustan Times finds it 'an emotional Eid winner' and rates it with three stars out of five. Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Express gave two and a half stars out of five and opines, "The good thing about the film, despite its eye-roll moments, is its attempt to create an ‘ordinary’ man without any particular skills.".
Bharat's opening day domestic collection was ₹42.30 crore. This is the highest opening day collection for Salman Khan, and for Bollywood films released so far in 2019. On the second day it's screenings dipped in multiplexes, yet remained strong in single-screen theaters and earned 31 crore - raising the total to Rs 73.30 crore. As of 24 June 2019[update], with a gross of ₹249 crore in India and ₹63.41 crore overseas, the film has a worldwide gross collection of ₹312.41 crore.
Bharat has become the second highest grossing Bollywood film of 2019 in the opening week. Based on domestic net collection the film is among top fifteen in the list of Hindi films with highest domestic net collection.
- Also the titular character, who is named after the country.
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