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Movie Review: Bharat (2019)

★★★☆☆
Box Office: TBA

BHARAT is about the journey of a man and a nation together. The story begins in 1947 in Mirpur village near Lahore. Bharat (Salman Khan) is a kid and his father Gautam Kumar (Jackie Shroff) dotes on him. This is the time of Partition and Bharat and his family are compelled to leave for India. At the railway station, Bharat is climbing on top of the train with his sister Gudiya (Barbiee Sharma) when she falls down on the station. Gautam has already managed to safely climb atop the train but he goes down to search Gudiya. But before that, he gives his watch to Bharat and assures him that he’ll be back. He also tells him to go with his mother Janki (Sonali Kulkarni), brother and sister to Gautam’s sister Jamuna (Ayesha Raza Mishra)’s shop, Hind Ration Store in Delhi. Bharat and his family cross over to India and thus go to the ration shop as asked by Gautam. They are quite poor and Bharat starts doing odd jobs. Bharat soon grows up as a dashing young man (Salman Khan) and he and his childhood friend Vilayati (Sunil Grover) join a circus. Here he comes across the sizzling Radha (Disha Patani). Both Bharat and Radha get into a relationship while also doing death defying stunts. However when Bharat realises his stunts might be influencing youngsters to do the same without proper training, he quits the circus. He goes to employment exchange where he meets Kumud (Katrina Kaif) and gets smitten by her. Bharat and Vilayati are sent to Middle East to work in the oil fields. The money is good but not as much as he expected to earn. Hence, Bharat decides to work in the dangerous underground mines. Kumud who is now in love with Bharat stops him from taking up the project since she’s aware that the risk is quite high. Bharat however still takes up the work. All is well at first but 21 days later, an explosion takes place in the underground mine. It seems near impossible for Bharat and his other colleagues to come out alive. What happens next forms the rest of the film.

Reviews:

Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
4.5 “BHARAT is a super-entertainer with emotions as its strong USP and Salman Khan like never before.”
Bollywoodhungama
4.0 “Salman Khan’s Film is the Best of the Year”
Masala
3.5 “Bharat is well-intentioned, entertaining and doesn’t succumb to the trappings of commercial potboilers.”
TOI
3.5 “Salman Khan’s inexhaustible swag and Ali Abbas Zafar’s direction make for a perfect Eid gift”
Indiatvnews
3.5 “Salman Khan & Katrina Kaif Have Many Good Reasons To Tell Us ‘Aithey Aaa’!”
Filmibeat
3.0 “Salman Khan Plays Gloriously to His Strength”
News18
3.0 “Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif film is an out and out entertainer with solid emotional connect”
TNN
3.0 “Instead of drama, the film relies on melodrama to bludgeon home it’s truths.”
Filmfare
3.0 “Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif laugh, weep, deliver a perfect Eid blockbuster”
Indiatoday
3.0 “Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif deliver an Eid entertainer”
Hindustantimes
3.0 “Age old ideologies with newness”
Mid-Day
Average Reviews
2.5 “It’s Not Salman Khan, It’s Ali Abbas Zafar!”
Koimoi
2.5 “The good thing about the film, despite its eye-roll moments, is the underlining it does of a nation which belongs to us all”
Indianexpress
Negative Reviews
2.0 “The film does not live up to that promise.”
Nowrunning
1.5 “A film gone badly astray”
Rediff

Bharat Movie Review by Anupama Chopra

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