This is the highest opening day collection for Bollywood films released so far in 2019
Bharat (transl. India) is a 2019 Indian Hindi-language action drama film written and directed by Ali Abbas Zafar. It is jointly produced by Atul Agnihotri, Alvira Khan Agnihotri, Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Nikhil Namit and Salman Khan under the banners Reel Life Productions, Salman Khan Films and T-Series. The film stars Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Tabu, Disha Patani and Jackie Shroff. It traces India’s post-independence history from the perspective of a common man, and follows his life from the age of 18 to 70.
Based on the 2014 South Korean film Ode to My Father, principal photography for Bharat began in April 2018. Shooting took place at such locations as Abu Dhabi, Spain, Malta, Punjab and Delhi. Kaif joined the cast soon after Priyanka Chopra opted out of the role after filming commenced, for her impending engagement to Nick Jonas. Filming concluded in March 2019. The film’s soundtrack was composed by Vishal-Shekhar, with lyrics written by Irshad Kamil, and released under the banner T-Series.
Bharat was theatrically released in India on 5 June 2019, on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr. It received mixed reviews from critics and positive reviews from audience, with praise directed to Khan and Kaif’s performance, while Zafar’s adaptation, length and screenplay received criticism. The film earned Rs 42.30 crore on its first day, becoming Khan’s biggest opening day release.
Bharat is based on the South Korean film Ode to My Father (2014), which traces the history of South Korea parallel to a man’s life, spanning from the 1950s to the 2010s. In the film, Bharat’s life over a period of 60 years, from 18 to 70 years of age, traces India’s post-independence history. In other words, the movie portrays the journey of protagonist Bharat (Salman Khan) from the age of 18 to 70. The trailer of the movie was released on April 22, which was a winner among the fans. The movie has its soundtrack composed by Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani to the lines of Irshad Kamil.
To begin with, we are drawn into Bharat’s life as a kid. The 1947 Indo-Pak partition turns his life upside down when his father, a railway station master and his sister get separated from them. As a promise to his father, Bharat takes it upon himself to look after his mother and his siblings hoping that their family would reunite someday. Soon, he befriends an orphan Vilayati Khan (Sunil Grover) and the two become as thick as thieves. To make their both ends meet, Bharat and Vilayati take up risky jobs which include working in a circus, in the old mines in the Middle East and then a stint in the Merchant Navy. Bharat also fell in love with a feisty girl Kumud (Katrina Kaif) who wears her heart on her sleeve.
The film revolves around Bharat’s journey along with that of the nation in a span of over six decades. Ali perfectly uses the iconic Indian historic moments like Jawaharlal Nehru’s demise, India’s 1983 World Cup Win and Shahrukh Khan’s era in Bollywood as a time-frame device in his story-telling.
Marcin Laskawiec has wielded the camera for Bharat. The movie hit the big screens on June 5 as a Ramadan treat. Bharat was shot extensively in Abu Dhabi, Spain, Malta, Punjab and Delhi
The film has Salman Khan as Bharat, Katrina Kaif as Kumud Raina, Tabu as Meher, Sunil Grover as Vilayti Khan, Disha Patani as Radha, Satish Kaushik as Naval Officer, Jackie Shroff as Gautam Kumar, Sonali Kulkarni as Janki Devi, Aasif Sheikh as Mehek’s Husband, Nora Fatehi as Sussan, Shashank Arora as Chote, Kashmira Irani as Mehek, Kumud Mishra as Keemat Rai Kapoor, Ayesha Raza Mishra as Jamuna Kapoor, Meiyang Chang as Jimmy, Manav Vij, Mushtaq Khan, Brijendra Kala, Ivan Sylvester Rodrigues, Anant Vidhaat Sharma and Varun Dhawan as a young Dhirubhai Ambani (special appearance).
The film’s music is composed by Vishal-Shekhar, with lyrics written by Irshad Kamil. It is released under the banner T-Series. The film has songs like “Slow Motion”, “Chashni”, “Aithey Aa”, “Zinda”, “Turpeya”, “Aaya Na Tu”, “Thap Thap”, “Chashni” (Reprise) and “Aithey Aa” (Dance Version).
Salman Khan posted a glimpse of Katrina Kaif and himself from the film on his Instagram account on 25 August 2018. Salman Khan released Bharat’s first look poster on 15 April 2019, through Twitter. On 17 April, a poster showcasing Kaif’s character was released. The film’s official trailer was released on 22 April 2019. Bharat was released on 5 June 2019 on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, worldwide on 6000 screens including 4700 screens in India.
Bharat was released to mixed reviews from critics. 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, humour and nobility it propagates”. She concluded, “Bharat is well-intentioned, entertaining and doesn’t succumb to the trappings of commercial potboilers”. Priyanka Sinha Jha of CNN-News18, praising Khan for his performance rates the film with three stars out of five, and feels that the script is bit lengthy and required ‘sharper’ editing. In the end, She says, “For all its virtues, Bharat falls short of becoming a tour de force, but it could turn into a crowd-puller.” Trade analyst and critic Taran Adarsh concurs with Jha on script trimming and gives fours stars out of five. Declaring it “smash-hit” he praises Ali for direction, Kaif, and Khan for performance. He feels that the film is an emotional journey that wins the viewers over. Ananya Bhattacharya writing for India Today also praised acting of Kaif and Khan but feels that the main attraction is Sunil Grover. She also rates it with three stars out of five and concludes that Salman has given his fans ‘an out-and-out entertainer’. Rajeev Masand writing for CNN-News18, finds the film “unmistakably boring” and “excruciatingly long”. He rates the film with two stars out of five.
Bharat’s opening day domestic collection is ₹42.30 crore. This is the highest opening day collection for Bollywood films released so far in 2019.