The Salman Khan starrer Bharat hit cinemas on the occasion of Eid. The movie also stars Katrina Kaif in the female lead, and includes a bunch of other stars such as Tabu, Sunil Grover, Jackie Shroff and Disha Patani.
The Ali Abbas Zafar directorial portrays Salman Khan as the son of India with no last name, hence Bharat. Salman recites most of his story in a flashback, connecting with the audience strongly in the first half.
The story revolves around the Partition of India in 1947, when Bharat’s father stays back in present day Pakistan and makes his eight year old son promise to lead the household and keep the family together, no matter what. Bharat’s life over a period of 60 years, from 18 to 70 years of age, traces India’s post independence history.
After arriving at a refugee camp in Delhi, Bharat joins The Great Russian Circus in 1964 and earns a reputation for being a playboy. Then again after the discovery of oil in the Gulf region in the mid 1970s it leads him to a subsequently migrate to the middle east. Where he begins a romantic relation with his chief engineer, Katrina Kaif.
He later volunteers for the Indian Navy and later holds the family business together during the period leading to economic liberalisation in the 1990s, keeping his promise to his father.
The movie at some instances has the glimpse of Bajrangi Bhaijaan, which again spoke about Pakistan. One of the positives about the movie, is that it underlines India belongs to all irrespective of one’s religion. However, it’s hard to believe that Salman played a role of a 70 year old man. The makers have greyed his hair and fit in a grey beard to his chin, but haven’t been able to shrink Salman Khan as a 70 year old.
Moreover, the story had great potential of being a top notch film about nation building post independence era. But the song, dance and comedy bits aimed for a big hollow commercial film.