Salman Khan's film, Bharat, is all set to release on Eid ul Fitr this year. This is Salman Khan's big eid release and there are a lot of expectations attached to the film given the past few films given by the Khans. Salman Khan was the only Khan in the past who struck box office gold with Race 3 when Shah Rukh Khan's Zero and Aamir Khan's Thugs of Hindostan tanked at the box office. Subhash K Jha looks at all the reasons why Salman Khan's Bharat may do the trick:
1. The Journey of India
The film takes us through a comprehensive journey through India from its Independence and partition in 1947, to present times, with stopovers in some of the most exotic locations and some stunning circus stunts that will leave the audience panting for more. .No Salman starrer has conveyed such a sweeping arc of history and entertainment, bringing to the audience a sense of the past without forfeiting the feel of the present.
2. Salman and director Ali Abbas Zafar spell magic together.
After the stupendous success of Sultan and Tiger Zinda Hai the actor-director duo is most likely to complete a hat trick of hits together with Bharat. Trade experts say Bharat will be bigger than Sultan or Tiger. Why? Because there is more of everything.
3. The Homage to Manoj Kumar
The name ‘Bharat’ gave yesteryear’s superstar Manoj Kumar a gallery of successes. He played Bharat for the first time in the self-directed Upkar. Every film where actor-director-writer-producer Manoj Kumar played ‘Bharat’ was a superhit. And now Manoj Saab has happily passed on the mantel to Salman Khan. Manoj Saab told me he can’t think of a more worthy successor.
4. An Ode to the Original
The original Korean film Ode To My Father was one of the biggest of Korean cinema breaking all box office records. While the significant historical landmarks have been changed, Ali Abbas Zafar has retained the essence of the original. If you’ve seen the original you will recognize Bharat as an improved power-packed version of Ode To My Father.
5. Salman's Performance
Not Katrina, it’s Salman who’s given a National award-winning performance in Bharat. Salman has aged before on screen. But only for Ali Abbas Zafar in Sultan, so far the most important film of Salman’s career. Salman had even flirted with flab in Sultan to show a washed-out aging paunchy version of the original. Sultan was the closest Salman came to winning a National award. I know. That year I spoke to a member of the National awards jury who told me the jury was ‘this’ close to giving the National award for best actor to Salman. But his ‘image’ came in the way. This time I believe his image will pave the way for the National award.