The cricket world cup is starting today and boy we couldn't be more excited. We are doubly excited for the release of Bharat, Salman Khan's highly awaited film. Bharat is the story and journey of a man from the ages of 18 to 70. It has a lot of aspects of India's partition movement, but we will let you watch the film without revealing the storyline.
The movie directed by Ali Abbas Zafar is an adaptation of the Korean drama Ode To My Father. Salman fans are eagerly awaiting for the release of the film, and are equally nervous as they don't want the box-office collections to be affected by the World Cup. But let us remind you of another Salman Khan film which released during the World Cup and was a blockbuster. For the uninitiated let us take you back 20 years in 1999, when Biwi No. 1 released right during the cricket world cup.
Starring Salman Khan, Karisma Kapoor, Sushmita Sen, Anil Kapoor and Tabu, Biwi No. 1 was a family comedy. It revolved around the life of a businessman who has an affair with a model and what happens when his wife finds out and vows to get him at any cost.
Before the release of Biwi No. 1, there was a slump in the box-office as many films had failed to do any business, with the exception of Aamir Khan's Sarfarosh. Trade pundits, distributors were worried about the collection of the film, but it was a blockbuster. Not just in India, but in the markets of USA and Canada as well.
The film broke box-office records in several places and the shows were housefull for weeks. People, loved to see Salman as the conniving and philandering husband, and also Karisma as his dutiful wife who leaves no stone unturned in getting him back. Anil Kapoor and Tabu play her confidantes and help her get back her husband. The movie directed by David Dhawan, written by Rumi Jaffery and produced by Vashu Bhagnani had brilliant music as well.
Let us tell you few more coincidences- the 1999 World Cup was played in England and is the 2019 World Cup. Bharat stars Tabu as well. However, we hope team India does not perform as abysmally as they did in the 1999 World Cup, when they lost to Zimbabwe.
Coming back to Bharat, Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif are promoting their film on a massive scale. They are doing onground activities and giving interviews to all major media outlets. The film hits the screens on June 5th,which happens to be the Eid holiday. Salman Khan has booked Eid 2020 with his film, Inshallah directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Joining him will be Alia Bhatt. Let's hope Salman Khan keeps the cricket fans and the movie fans happy this holiday season with Bharat.