Bharat is bhai’s Eidi for his fans. This year, Salman Khan’s treat for his loyalists is a film, which is an official adaptation of the Korean film, Ode To My Father (2014). The story begins with a fairly-aged looking Salman Khan (60) with salt-and-pepper hair, having the physique of a 40-year-old. As the movie begins, we’re unsure if his fans will accept ‘bhai’ in this look; while the greys do their bit, Salman’s efforts on voice modulation appear to be forced. Katrina Kaif does well with her part.
Bharat isn’t like any other Salman Khan film, where the actress is merely eye-candy or has a blink-and-miss appearance. Katrina has an equally meaty role, which she has portrayed with dedication and sincerity. Her control over the Hindi language is unimaginable. However, the focus on Katrina’s dialect made us miss her expressions throughout. The beautiful and funny relationship between Salman and Katrina is charming, and their chemistry is amazing. Talking about Sunil Grover, who has been mostly seen playing comic roles, comes across as a breath of fresh air. The comedian-actor is like Salman’s shadow, essaying the role of Khan.
The first part of the movie has Salman’s journey from a child to a 25-year-old, where he is seen doing some daredevil stunts with Disha Patani. The sizzling beauty features barely for a few minutes in the film, but will surely leave an impact on the audience. Disha and Salman’s ‘Slow Motion’ is definitely one of the major highlights of the film. There is a subtle love connection between the two, but nothing materializes of it. Salman’s character’s tryst with life has been such that he has to quit the circus job and start afresh to keep up the promise he made to his father. Salman’s belief about his father and sister returning to their lives keeps him alive. Tabu also has a special role in the film, along with Nora Fatehi, who impresses the audience with her mesmerizing belly dance. Their cameos in the film were equally supported.
Bharat is not a patriotic or a jingoistic film, it has all the elements required to make a full-fledged masala pot-boiler. With some age-old ideologies sprinkled with newness, Salman Khan’s Eid will entertain the audience. Since it’s an Eid release, we did miss the flavor of the festival in Bharat. With a supporting cast comprising Sonali Kulkarni, Aasif Sheikh, and a few others, the film is definitely a family entertainer.