Arguably Katrina Kaif’s best performance since New York
By Chetan Mehrishi
So on 5th June, I walked into the theatre to watch Bharat expecting it to be a quintessential Salman Khan movie. Fortunately, it turned out to be quite more than that.
HERE’S OUR REVIEW OF BHARAT: UNEXPECTEDLY GOOD.
In spite of having those typical commercial qualities Bollywood movies are known for, Bharat also packs a lot of punch with humour and music which makes it a little different. Here’s our this week’s review for Bharat.
What’s the Story Morning Glory?
An official adaptation to South Korean film Ode to my Father, the film revolves around the titular character and his journey from childhood till old age paralleled with the journey of India since partition. Bharat’s father stays back in Pakistan taking a promise from the eight-year-old Bharat to take care of his family which he tries to keep all along as he witnesses the transformation of the nation with himself.
On the Upside
The stellar performances of the ensemble cast are one of the biggest highlights of the film. Katrina Kaif, after Zero, has started to look comfortable on screen and has given one of her best performances since New York. Sunil. Grover as Bharat’s childhood friend Vilayati takes the cake here. After entertaining us on the small screen, Grover makes his mark on Bollywood as well, proving that he can pull off more expressions than one.
Salman Khan, on whose shoulders the film rests, has a near-perfect comic timing. His scenes with Sunil Grover by his side are hilarious. Plus the climax of the film where Salman gives a heartbreaking performance of a lifetime will surely bring you to tears. Ali Abbas Zafar has done a commendable job as a director being able to hold the film together.
On the Downside
One of the things that go against this film is the length. At 2 hours 35 minutes, the script seems dragged with unnecessary sequences that do nothing but remind us that this is in fact, a commercial movie appeasing people who would storm into theatres. At some point, you feel that this movie could’ve been better with some of the inconsequential moments being cut out.
All in All
The film should be seen as it is, a commercial venture aimed at Salman Khan fandom. But it should also be appraised for its humourous sequences and acting. We going with 3.5 out of 5 stars for Bharat. But if you’re a Salman Khan fan, you probably wouldn’t care!