Bharat is an action packed drama film written and directed by Ali Abbas Zafar. It is an official remake of Korean drama 'An Ode to My Father'. It is jointly produced by an array of various masterminds as well as the superstar himself, Salman Khan. On the opening day alone, the film earned INR 42.30 crore, becoming Khan's biggest opening day release making it the second highest grossing Bollywood film of 2019 in the opening week. It had collected INR 144 crore at the Indian box office until two days ago. (Read review here.)
Bharat highlights India’s post-independence history from a common man’s perspective and shadows his life from the age of 18 through to 70. Of course this box office hit has a star studded cast including Salman Khan himself, Katrina Kaif, Tabu, Sunil Grover, Disha Patani and Jackie Shroff. Interesting to note that the heroin of the movie was set to be Priyanka Chopra, but she opted out of the role after the commencement of filming due to her fast approaching engagement to Nick Jonas.
Even though Bharat smashed the box offices, it was not received all too favorably by film critics which resulted in a mixture of reviews. 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, humor and nobility it propagates". She continues, "Bharat is well-intentioned, entertaining and doesn’t succumb to the trappings of commercial potboilers". Trade analyst and critic Taran Adarsh proposes script trimming, however he awards four and a half stars out of five. He continues by declaring it "smash-hit" and praises Ali Abbas Zafar for direction, Katrina Kaif, and Khan for performance. He concludes by stating that he feels that the film is an emotional journey that wins the viewers over. The website, Box Office India writes, that there is an India-Pak match on Sunday that might impact the numbers however, the "extended first week business will be a healthy 173 crore nett".
All in all, Bharat makes for a riveting movie experience for viewers and as confirmed by the director Ali Abbas Zafar, "…we always wanted to make a film for the entire country to come and celebrate the spirit of Eid and the first day only validates our intent and effort to make a film that India can be truly entertained by."