Bharat (film)

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Bharat
Bharat film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAli Abbas Zafar
Produced by
Written byDialogues:
Ali Abbas Zafar
Varun V. Sharma
Irshad Kamil (lyrics)
Screenplay by
Story byYoon Je-kyoon
Based onOde to My Father
by Yoon Je-kyoon
Starring
Music by
CinematographyMarcin Laskawiec
Edited byRameshwar S. Bhagat
Production
company
Distributed byAA Films
Release date
  • 5 June 2019 (2019-06-05)
Running time
155 minutes[1]
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
Budget100 crore[2][3]
Box officeest. ₹325.58 crore[4]

Bharat (transl. India)[a] is a 2019 Indian Hindi-language 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, Sunil Grover, Disha Patani and Jackie Shroff. Tabu makes a friendly appearance. It traces India's post-independence history from the perspective of a common man, and follows his life from the age of 8 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 score was composed by Julius Packiam and the songs were 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. The film earned 42.30 crore on its first day, becoming Khan's biggest opening day release.[5][6][7][8] It emerged as a commercial success with a worldwide gross of 325.58 crore (US$46 million).

Plot[edit]

Set in Delhi during 2010, the film begins when Bharat, a shopkeeper, refuses to part with his store despite lucrative offers. On his 70th birthday, he tells his past life to his grandniece and the film goes into flashback.

Partition of India in 1947: Bharat's parents and siblings board a train to India with many refugees for safety from the terrible riots in Pakistan. Bharat loses his baby sister Gudiya in the chaos.

Bharat's father Gautam stays behind to search for Gudiya. He has Bharat promise him to take care of the family and move to the imported goods store of Gautam's sister Jamuna. As a child, Bharat supports his family.

17 years later[edit]

Bharat joins The Great Russian Circus with his friend Vilayti, after meeting a roadside circus worker Radha as they fall in love. He spends a number of years there and attains fame.

Bharat leaves the circus when his brother Chote is hurt in an accident while trying to emulate him. He bids a tearful goodbye with Radha. Due to Nehru's death, the country is devastated. Bharat and Vilayati look for various jobs.

11 years later[edit]

Bharat joins Indian migration prompted by oil discovery in Saudi Arabia to earn money for his sister Mehek's marriage. There he falls in love with his chief engineer Kumud.

Kumud asks Bharat for marriage, but he refuses being afraid that it comes in way of fulfilling Gautam's promise. Back in India, Kumud arrives to announce her love for Bharat. They begin a live-in relationship.

9 years later[edit]

Jamuna dies; Bharat is accepted for job of stationmaster. During 1983 Cricket World Cup, his uncle Keemat, in need of money, plans to sell the store, but Bharat disagrees and says that he and his aunt Jamuna had worked hard in the store and does not want to sell the store. His uncle asks him to buy the store from him. As his dad promised him that he will come back to hind ration store and Bharat still has the hope that his father will come back.

Bharat leaves India again with Vilayati as sailor for a period of 8 months and earns enough money to buy the store, the time during which Vilayati also marries Susan, a foreigner.

8 years later[edit]

After economic liberalisation in India and globalisation, Kumud becomes the creative director of newly-formed Zee TV and runs a program in which relatives separated during the partition are reunited.

During program, Bharat converses with Meher, a London resident adopted by a British family during partition, and realises she is Gudiya and she comes back to India. An emotional reunion ensues. Janki dies soon after; Bharat hopes to find Gautam also.

Back to present: Bharat decides to sell the store which he stubbornly refused to do despite losses. Before reaching the train, Gautam promised he will reunite with him at the store, explaining why Bharat held on to the store for so long.

Bharat realises Gautam is probably too old to still survive. He sees a vision of him, assuring that Bharat kept his promise, and asking him to move on. Tearful, Bharat marries Kumud, finally moving on.

Cast[edit]

  • Salman Khan as Bharat Kumar: Janki and Gautam's son; Chote, Gudiya and Mehek's brother; Vilayti's friend; Radha's former love interest; Kumud's husband
  • Katrina Kaif as Kumud Raina: Bharat's wife
  • Disha Patani as Radha Mathur: Bharat's friend and former love interest
  • Sunil Grover as Vilayti Khan: Bharat's friend; Suzan's husband
  • Tabu as Gudiya "Meher" Kumari: Janki and Gautam's daughter; Bharat, Chote and Mehek's sister (extended cameo)
  • Satish Kaushik as Jayram Shirodkar: Naval Officer
  • Jackie Shroff as Gautam Kumar: Jamuna's brother; Janki's husband; Bharat, Chote, Mehek and Gudiya's father
  • Sonali Kulkarni as Janki Devi Kumar: Gautam's wife; Bharat, Chote, Mehek and Gudiya's mother
  • Aasif Sheikh as Hariwant Mehra: Mehek's husband; Kayaag's father-in-law
  • Nivin Ramani as Kayaag Zaveri: Meher and Hariwant's son-in-law
  • Nora Fatehi as Suzan Baig: Vilayti's wife
  • Shashank Arora as Chaman "Chote" Kumar: Janki and Gautam's son; Bharat, Meher and Gudiya's brother
  • Kashmira Irani as Mehek Kumari: Janki and Gautam's daughter; Bharat, Chote and Gudiya's sister; Hariwant's wife; Kayaag's mother-in-law
  • Kumud Mishra as Keemat Rai Kapoor: Jamuna's husband; Bharat, Chote, Mehek and Gudiya's fraternal uncle
  • Ayesha Raza Mishra as Jamuna Kumari: Gautam's sister; Keemat's wife; Bharat, Chote, Mehek and Gudiya's fraternal aunt
  • Meiyang Chang as Jimmy
  • Shehzad Khan as Surahil Azim: National Employment Exchange Officer
  • Edwin De La Renta as Michael: Pirate Gang Leader
  • Kabir Sajid Sheikh as young Bharat
  • Aryan Prajapati as young Vilayti
  • Riva Arora as young Radha
  • Matin Rey Tangu as young Jimmy
  • Brijendra Kala as Chacha

Production[edit]

Bharat is based on the South Korean film Ode to My Father (2014), which traces the history of South Korea parallel to a man's life, spanning from the 1950s to the 2010s.[9][10]

Bharat began principal photography in mid-April 2018,[11][12] and was shot in Abu Dhabi, Spain, Malta, Punjab, Delhi and elsewhere.[13][14] Priyanka Chopra, who was cast as one of the leading ladies, opted out of the film days before filming her scenes.[15] Nikhil Namit, CEO of Reel Life Productions, said that Priyanka quit due to her engagement to Nick Jonas.[16] She was replaced by Katrina Kaif.[17] Kaif shared the news on her Instagram account that filming was wrapped up on 5 March 2019.[18][19] The climax was shot in Film City.[20]

Soundtrack[edit]

Bharat
Soundtrack album by
Released17 May 2019[21]
Recorded2018
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length35:32
LanguageHindi
LabelT-Series
ProducerMeghdeep Bose, Abhijit Nalani
Vishal–Shekhar chronology
Student of the Year 2
(2019)
Bharat
(2019)
War
(2019)
External audio
Audio Jukebox on YouTube

The songs featured in the film were composed by Vishal–Shekhar, lyrics written by Irshad Kamil, with music arranger & producer Meghdeep Bose[22]. Zafar wrote and composed the song "Zinda" with Julius Packiam.[citation needed] It is released under the banner T-Series.[21] Devarsi Ghosh of Scroll.in positively summarised the soundtrack review as 'near-perfect.'[23] Firstpost praised the song Chashni as "soul-stirringly beautiful."[24]

Track listing
No.TitleSinger(s)Length
1."Slow Motion"Nakash Aziz, Shreya Ghoshal4:07
2."Chashni"Abhijeet Srivastava4:25
3."Aithey Aa"Akasa Singh, Neeti Mohan, Kamaal Khan3:39
4."Zinda"Vishal Dadlani2:20
5."Turpeya"Sukhwinder Singh4:34
6."Aaya Na Tu"Jyoti Nooran5:57
7."Thap Thap"Sukhwinder Singh2:53
8."Chashni" (Reprise)Neha Bhasin3:59
9."Aithey Aa" (Dance Version)Nakash Aziz, Neeti Mohan3:38
Total length:35:32

Marketing and release[edit]

Kaif promoting Bharat in 2019

Salman Khan posted a glimpse of Katrina Kaif and himself from the film on his Instagram account on 25 August 2018.[25] Salman Khan released Bharat's first look poster on 15 April 2019, through Twitter.[26] On 17 April, a poster showcasing Kaif's character was released.[27] The film's official trailer was released on 22 April 2019.[28]

Bharat was released on 5 June 2019 on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr,[29] worldwide on 6000 screens including 4700 screens in India.[30]

Home video[edit]

The film was made available for video on demand on Prime Video in August 2019.[31]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

As of June 2020, the film holds a 33% approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 18 reviews with an average rating of 5.33/10.[32] Bharat received mixed reviews from critics on release.[33]

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".[34] 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."[35] 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.[36] 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.[37] 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'.[38] Rajeev Masand writing for CNN-News18, finds the film "unmistakably boring" and "excruciatingly long". He rates the film with two stars out of five.[39] 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."[40] Jyoti Sharma Bawa of the Hindustan Times finds it 'an emotional Eid winner' and rates it with three stars out of five.[41] 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.".[42] Anupama Chopra of Film Companion, "Madam Sir, a woman with courage and conviction, is the most memorable character in Bharat. I’d love to see contemporary history told from her perspective. This version has sweep and swagger but not enough soul."[43]

Box office[edit]

Bharat's opening day domestic collection was 42.30 crore. This is the highest opening day collection for Salman Khan.[4] On the second day it's screenings dipped in multiplexes, yet remained strong in single-screen theatres and earned 31 crore - raising the total to Rs 73.30 crore.[44] As of 25 September 2019, with a gross of 251.27 crore in India and 74.31 crore overseas, the film has a worldwide gross collection of 325.58 crore.[4]

As of September 2019, Bharat is the fourth highest grossing Bollywood film of 2019.[6] Based on domestic net collection the film is among top twenty in the list of Hindi films with highest domestic net collection.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Also the titular character, who is named after the country.

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