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Bharat movie review and release: Highlights

Here's what celebrities, critics and fans said about Ali Abbas Zafar directorial Bharat, starring Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif.

By: Entertainment Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 6, 2019 7:12:02 am
salman khan katrina kaif stills in bharat The Salman Khan-Katrina Kaif film has hit the screens.

Salman Khan has kept the Eid weekend to himself yet again, this time giving his fans, his next big-ticket film – Bharat. The Ali Abbas Zafar directorial is a remake of the 2014 South Korean movie, Ode to My Father, and also stars Katrina Kaif, Sunil Grover, Jackie Shroff, Sonali Kulkarni, Disha Patani and Nora Fatehi among others.

Bharat happens to be Salman and Ali’s third collaboration after their previous blockbusters Sultan and Tiger Zinda Hai.

The film, which was previously signed by Priyanka Chopra, had Katrina coming onboard after the Quantico star walked out of the project owing to her wedding to Nick Jonas last year.

Speaking on Priyanka’s decision, Salman Khan had recently said in a group interview, “Priyanka was very keen on doing this film. We thought it was Katrina. But Katrina had just done Tiger Zinda Hai with me. (Also) Ali thought that ‘woh Hindustani role hai.’ (It is an Indian role) So, I said, ‘Kamaal hai yaar! Tumhari dost hai, itna kaam kiya hai. (She is your friend and has done so much work) You don’t have confidence that she will be able to pull off a Hindustani role’.”

“Then Ali told me that Priyanka had called him and said she wanted to do this movie. Then her marriage thing happened, so she choose to take a very brave, bold and amazing step. Usually, people would have fights in their houses. Boyfriends and girlfriends might fight. Female actors might leave husbands for Bharat (laughs). But she did the right thing. She got married because she wanted. And Katrina got what she wanted,” Salman added.

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    20:02 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Bharat: Our verdict

    From the tumultuous scenes of bloodshed of the Partition, and the sundering of Bharat’s family in Lahore, to their arrival in a Delhi refugee camp, in search of a future, Bharat is sure-footed. After the half-way point, it meanders.

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    19:31 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    WATCH: In conversation with Sunil Grover

    19:08 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Katrina Kaif: Katrina Kaif: I came onboard Bharat without any baggage

    Katrina Kaif told in an interview, "I think the most important thing for me is that I don’t have to be burdened by anything else. I can’t comment about how other people feel and see it. What I did for Bharat when I came onboard is to come absolutely without any baggage, or any experiences of any films we both have done before. All I wanted to do and have done is do as much justice to Kumud’s role as I can. So we did a lot of work on Kumud."

    Also Read | Katrina Kaif: When I came onboard Bharat, I came with no baggage at all

    18:41 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Sunil Grover: A film like Bharat is not made every day

    In an interview with, Sunil Grover said, "A film like Bharat is made in a huge magnitude with an intention to reach everyone. People feel commercial films are easier but it is so much more challenging. You need to make everyone interested in it at the same time, and also have an aspirational value. This is a beautiful story set in different eras with different looks and location. It will also keep you emotionally involved. Bharat is a film that is not made every day and I am fortunate I could be a part of it."

    Also Read | Sunil Grover: A film like Bharat is not made every day

    18:20 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Preeti Simoes wishes Sunil Grover 'all the best' for Bharat's release

    Preeti Simoes shared a picture with Bharat actor Sunil Grover and wrote along, "All the best..... To a man so unique...To a talent so rare... Aaj Bharat aur Bharat ke bahar #BHARAT release ho rahi hai..may it bring satisfaction to all dos associated wid dis film !!!! @whosunilgrover. Jao jaakar dekho !!!!!!!! #eidmubarak."

    18:01 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Ali Abbas Zafar film 'succeeds'

    @HimeshMankad tweeted, "@BeingSalmanKhan and @aliabbaszafar at it yet again. A blend of humour, drama, romance, larger than life emotions and a bit of action with ample of subtle moments which you take home. #AliAbbasZafar comes up with a fresh take on #OdeToMyFather and succeeds! #Bharat."

    17:46 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Salman Khan fans were seen celebrating Bharat's release
    17:30 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Salman, Katrina's 'chemistry is strong point of movie'

    "#Bharat 🌟🌟🌟🌟 SUPERHIT. Performance's of salman and katrina is superb and the Chemistry between them is strong point of movie. Sunil and others are Good. Music is Average. Plot and story telling is amazing. Some emotional moments make my eyes full of tear. Full of humour. 300cr fix," tweeted @LaaluMakhija.

    17:16 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Shekhar Ravjianii praises Salman Khan's entry in Bharat
    17:01 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    'One of the best movies of this decade'

    @alankar6427 tweeted, "#Bharat is classic. And one of the best movies of this Decade. #Katrinakaif truly Deserve National Award. #Salmankhan is the soul of the movie. #AliAbbasZafar Direction shines in all Department. Prediction : 415 crore net. Review : 5/5. Very Touchy. #BharatReview."

    16:46 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Bharat is 'stormy, dramatic and glamorous'

    Subhash K Jha wrote on his Twitter account, "'#Bharat a lucidly agilely sketched portrait of a man and a nation ,completes the @BeingSalmanKhan trilogy of heartfelt performances after Tere Naam and Sultan. Stormy,dramatic and glamorous, Bharat is every bit a winner.' 4 stars

    16:30 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    WATCH: Bharat's Public Verdict

    16:14 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    'One expects the combo of Salman Khan and Ali Abbas Zafar to raise the bar'

    Journalist Joginder Tuteja tweeted, "#Bharat disappoints. The film was relying on a thin plot but this is where one expects the combo of Salman Khan and Ali Abbas Zafar to raise the bar. However, there are just a few scenes here or there that work. 2nd half is relatively better though - 1." He added, "#Bharat - The film is better than #Tubelight and #Race3 but that’s not saying much as there have been far better movies like #TigerZindaHai, #Sultan and #BajrangiBhaijaan. The film has some moments of emotions and humour but not much to entertain for those 3 hrs. Rating: ⭐⭐"

    16:00 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Urvashi Rautela: Bharat is a journey worth witnessing
    15:45 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Jacqueline Fernandez sends love to Bharat team

    Jacqueline Fernandez took to Twitter and wrote, "Good wishes and lotssss of love & luck to @BeingSalmanKhan and the entire team of Bharat!!!"

    15:32 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Neha Dhupia heaps praise on Bharat director Ali Abbas Zafar

    Neha Dhupia loved Salman Khan film Bharat. The actor posted on Twitter, "#Bharat n what’s not to love..the drama,the music,the thrill,the action,the romance,the emotion.. @aliabbaszafar u brought the magic out in everything n everyone 💫 especially @WhoSunilGrover @satishkaushik2 n #katrina n there is the tsunami of talent n stardom @BeingSalmanKhan"

    15:16 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Manveer Gurjar on Bharat

    Ex-Bigg Boss contestant Manveer Gurjar rooted for Bharat on Twitter. He wrote, "Je Baat Re Bharat 🇮🇳
    BLOCKBUSTER ! A Day, A Festival and A Man💕 #Bharat ... Whtelse u want on #Eid #Eidmubarak Go watch #BharatWithFamily Best wishes @BeingSalmanKhan"

    15:00 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Fans swarm theaters in Mumbai
    14:45 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Aasif Sheikh on Bharat

    Bharat actor Aasif Sheikh has asked his fans to watch the film with their families. He tweeted, "You must watch Bharat with your Family."

    14:31 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    WATCH: In conversation with Katrina Kaif

    14:15 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Kapil Sharma wishes best of luck to Sunil Grover

    Actor-comedian Kapil Sharma took to Twitter to wish good luck to Bharat actor Sunil Grover. He wrote, "#Bharat  is releasing worldwide today .. my best wishes to @BeingSalmanKhan bhai #katrinakaif @WhoSunilGrover paji @aliabbaszafar n the entire team of Bharat 🤗 go n watch with ur family"

    14:00 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Our take on Bharat

    The Indian Express critic Shubhra Gupta called Bharat a missed opportunity. In her review, she mentioned, "It’s a pity that the director-star duo don’t take this as far as they could. They had a story which had the potential to become a solid reckoner of post-Independence nation-building, and how things rolled from then on, and a free hand to craft it. But the opportunity is squandered in unnecessary songs and dances, an aiming-for-cheap-laughs comic thread which involves making a stutterer the butt of jokes, and improbable situations: want to meet Hindi-film-song-loving-sea-pirates? Step right up."

    Also read | Bharat movie review: A missed opportunity

    13:45 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Guru Randhawa wished Bharat all the luck

    Guru Randhawa urged fans to watch Salman Khan's film Bharat. He tweeted, "Wishing @BeingSalmanKhan sir, #katrinakaif and team all the best. Go book your tickets for #bharat and enjoy your Eid.
    Happy Eid everyone"

    13:30 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Bharat left Anees Bazmee in state of shock

    Director Anees Bazmee tweeted a photo from the premiere of Bharat. Along with the picture, he wrote, "Last night at @Bharat_TheFilm Premiere caught on camera with my mouth wide open ;) Best of luck team 👍 @BeingSalmanKhan #KatrinaKaif @aliabbaszafar @DishPatani @itsBhushanKumar @TSeries"

    13:17 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Anand Kumar: Bharat is like film festival being celebrated on Eid

    Filmmaker Anand Kumar spoke about the euphoria around Salman Khan and his latest release Bharat. He wrote, "There is no comparison of the euphoria around a @BeingSalmanKhan film release with any other Star in the present era.
    This is nothing less than a film festival celebrated on
    #Eid and #Bharat together celebrate it ! #EidMubark bhai !"

    13:01 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Sophie Choudry on Bharat

    Sophie Choudry called Bharat an emotional watch. She wrote, "Saw #Bharat yest. Emotional journey esp for those who’ve lived or heard partition stories from their families! I anyway love @BeingSalmanKhan 😬☺😍 @WhoSunilGrover u were super; Aisi dosti sab ko mile! Katrina in a very diff role! @DishPatani Stunning🔥 Good wishes to you all"

    12:45 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Mouni Roy: Bharat will make you fall in love with Salman Khan

    "After watching the film, you will fall in love with Salman Khan all over again," Mouni Roy said in a video shared by the film's official handle.

    12:30 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Ananya Panday: Bharat is a complete package

    Newbie Ananya Panday seemed excited about Bharat. After watching the film, she said, "It was wonderful. It is a complete package. It had everything and is super entertaining. I just loved it."

    12:15 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Bobby Deol: Bharat is the right title for Salman Khan's film

    Bobby Deol said Bharat is the apt title for the Salman Khan film, which has hit theaters today. He said, "It is a very nice emotional film. Bharat is the right title for it."

    12:00 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Karan Johar loved Bharat

    Karan Johar loved Salman Khan film Bharat. He said in a video, "Loved it. I think it is really going to be a mammoth hit."

    11:45 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Kriti Sanon: Bharat takes you through a journey

    Kriti Sanon was all praise for Bharat. The actor said, "It is quite entertaining and it takes you through a journey. It leaves you emotional."

    11:30 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Anil Kapoor: It is a journey worth witnessing

    "Please go watch #Bharat ! It’s a journey worth witnessing!" Anil Kapoor tweeted.

    11:15 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Suniel Shetty: Bharat is Salman's best performance ever

    Salman Khan's close friend Suniel Shetty praised the actor's performance in Bharat. In a video shared by Bharat's official handle, the actor said the film features "Salman's best performance ever."

    11:00 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Karanvir Bohra wished luck to Salman Khan

    Television actor Karanvir Bohra wished Salman Khan all the luck for Bharat. On Instagram, he shared a photo from the screening of the film and wrote, "Wishing everyone Eid Mubarak and all the best for Bharat."

    10:45 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Jaaved Jaaferi: Bharat is Salman's best performance to date

    Actor Jaaved Jaaferi is all praise for Bharat, which has hit the screens today. He tweeted, "Watched #Bharat last night.. an emotional ride.. well written and directed by #AliAbbasZafar.. #SunilGrover was superb.. but it is a @BeingSalmanKhan film.. his best performance to date."

    10:30 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Bharat: Salman in supreme form, Katrina's best performance

    "Saw #Bharat. A heart warming story. Salman Khan in supreme form. Katrina Kaif of her best performance. Sunil Grover and Satish Kaushik...played great support. Credit of course goes to Ali Abbas Zafar for making it happen. Congrats Atul Agnihotri and Bhushan Kumar," Shibasish Sarkar, Group CEO of Reliance Entertainment, said via Twitter.

    10:16 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Vindu Dara Singh: Let's enjoy Eid with Bharat

    Actor Vindu Dara Singh tweeted, "Aap sab ko #EidMubarak Lets enjoy EID pe!"

    10:03 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Audiences flock theaters to watch Bharat

    Film trade analyst Raj Bansal shared Bharat is performing as expected. He tweeted, "As expected @BeingSalmanKhan s #Bharat opens to packed houses with huge crowds all over."

    09:46 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Abbas Mustan send warm wishes to Salman Khan

    Director duo Abbas Mustan took to Twitter and wished Salman Khan all the best for Bharat. The filmmakers tweeted, "Best wishes to team #Bharat for a super success"

    09:30 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Bharat all set for a great opening

    Film trade analyst Sumit Kadel shared that Salman Khan's film Bharat will have a smashing opening. He tweeted, "#Bharat off to a BUMPER start at the box office across India. Film opened with 60-65% occupancy in early morning shows. Advance booking for today is HUGE, all set for record-breaking EID opening."

    On Neha Dhupia’s show BFFs with Vogue season 3, Katrina Kaif also got candid about stepping into Priyanka Chopra’s shoes in Bharat. She said, "I saw a character in Bharat that I had not done before and a character which was not written for me. It was the best thing. Ali knows me so well that when he writes a Tiger Zinda Hai, he writes it for me and in doing so, without him knowing, he is writing the story around me. In Bharat, the entire character was constructed for someone else and you had to become that. It is the character in which you have to be bang on or you are all over the place. So, for me, it was a challenge and I took it on as a goal. It turned out to be the best experience."

    Speaking more about getting to play Kumud Rain in Bharat, Katrina said, "I am so happy. Bharat has been one of the most fulfilling and learning experiences for me as an actor because of the people I was working with, the kind of people that came into my life because of the film, the kind of coaches and the people I sat with for hours, days and weeks. And the part (the role of Kumud Raina aka Madam Sir) means so much to me. It is the best thing I could have asked for."