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.
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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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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Katrina Kaif: Katrina Kaif: I came onboard Bharat without any baggage
Katrina Kaif told indianexpress.com 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."
Sunil Grover: A film like Bharat is not made every day
In an interview with indianexpress.com, 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."
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."
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."
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.
'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."
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
WATCH: Bharat's Public Verdict
'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: ⭐⭐"
Urvashi Rautela: Bharat is a journey worth witnessing
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!!!"
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"
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"
Fans swarm theaters in Mumbai
Scenes from Gaiety right now: The revelry & crazy excitement of the Salman Khan fans is palpable. The scorching heat did nothing to hamper their spirit. After a long Ramadan break they arrive for #BharatThisEid#Bollywood #AtTheMovies #SalmanKhan #Bharat pic.twitter.com/vngyb3iVBx— Mushtaq Shiekh (@shiekhspear) June 5, 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."
WATCH: In conversation with Katrina Kaif
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"
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
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"
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"
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 !"
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"
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.
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."
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."
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."
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."
Anil Kapoor: It is a journey worth witnessing
"Please go watch #Bharat ! It’s a journey worth witnessing!" Anil Kapoor tweeted.
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."
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."
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."
Bharat: Salman in supreme form, Katrina's best performance
"Saw #Bharat. A heart warming story. Salman Khan in supreme form. Katrina Kaif ...one 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.
Vindu Dara Singh: Let's enjoy Eid with Bharat
Actor Vindu Dara Singh tweeted, "Aap sab ko #EidMubarak Lets enjoy EID pe!"
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."
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"
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."