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Bharat box office collection Day 1: Salman Khan film garners Rs 42.30 crore

Bharat box office collection Day 1: The Ali Abbas Zafar directorial, starring Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif in the lead roles, earned Rs 42.30 crore on Wednesday.

By: Entertainment Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 6, 2019 6:42:18 pm
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Salman Khan film Bharat is off to a great start at the box office. The Ali Abbas Zafar directorial earned Rs 42.30 crore on Wednesday. Film trade analyst Taran Adarsh shared the box office figures of the Eid release. He wrote on Twitter, “#Bharat hits the ball out of the park on Day 1…Emerges Salman’s biggest #Eid opener, surpassing *Day 1* biz of #Sultan [₹ 36.54 cr]. Emerges Salman’s *biggest opener ever*, surpassing *Day 1* biz of #PremRatanDhanPayo [₹ 40.35 cr].”

He added, “#Salmania grips the nation… #Bharat storms the BO… Proves *yet again* Salman Khan is the biggest crowd puller… #Bharat opens much bigger than Salman – Ali Abbas Zafar’s #TigerZindaHai [₹ 34.10 cr] and #Sultan [₹ 36.54 cr]… Wed ₹ 42.30 cr. India biz.”

Bharat has received mixed critical reception. The Indian Express’ film critic Shubhra Gupta gave it two-and-a-half stars and wrote, “There’s enough conviction in these portions which carries Bharat and us through, even though Khan is given enough hero-giri moments to keep him foregrounded at all times. You get a sense of time past, of faded history in the recreation of those grand-but-tawdry circuses, and the ‘maut ka kuans’, which are now relegated to small-town fairs, and job-hungry Indians chasing the oil boom in the Gulf, as hard-working labour.”

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“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,” she added.

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18:42 (IST)06 Jun 2019
Bharat is 2019’s biggest non-Friday Bollywood opener in the UK so far

Journalist Haroon Rashid posted on Twitter, "#Bharat is 2019’s biggest non-Friday Bollywood opener in the UK so far. It made £159,216 yesterday. Here's a comparison to the first day collections of #SalmanKhan's other recent Eid releases: Race 3 - £258,116. Tubelight - £62,060. Sultan - £271,440. Bajrangi Bhaijaan - £177,744"

18:11 (IST)06 Jun 2019
Thursday collection heading towards Rs 25 crore?

Film trade analyst Sumit Kadel tweeted, "#Bharat Day 2- holding quite well today after matnee shows both at big cities & mass belts. Thursday Collection is heading towards ₹ 25 cr nett+, if night shows holds well then film would mint ₹ 30 cr nett."

17:31 (IST)06 Jun 2019
Katrina Kaif thanked the fans

Katrina Kaif took to her Instagram account and shared a video combining all major reviews received by Bharat. She wrote along, "Thank you for all the love @bharat_thefilm @BeingSalmanKhan @aliabbaszafar @atulreellife #BhushanKumar @tabutiful @apnabhidu @sonalikul @dishapatani @whosunilgrover @norafatehi @iaasifsheikhofficial @nikhilnamit @reellifeproduction @skfilmsofficial @tseries.official"

17:09 (IST)06 Jun 2019
Disha Patani shared a video from the theaters

Disha also shared a clip on her Instagram account, of fans dancing and cheering during the "Slow Motion" song at the theaters. She wrote, "#bharat#slowmotion"

16:44 (IST)06 Jun 2019
Bharat to have a good extended weekend in Chennai

Film journalist Kaushik LM tweeted that Bharat had a good opening in Chennai. He wrote, "#Bharat Day1 Chennai city gross is a good 21 lakhs.. It'll be looking at a nice extended opening weekend.. #SalmanKhan #SalmanIsBharat #BharatWinsIndia"

16:24 (IST)06 Jun 2019
Disha Patani thanked the audience

Disha Patani shared clicks from the theatres where fans can be seen dancing during the screening of her song "Slow Motion".

15:44 (IST)06 Jun 2019
Sonali Kulkarni heaps praise on Jackie Shroff

Sonali Kulkarni, who plays Salman Khan's mother in Bharat, shared on Twitter, "When he’s around the entire unit is in good mood.. he makes everyone at ease with his effortless charm n genuine kindness. it was lovvvely working with you Jackie ji. @bindasbhidu #behindthescenes #Bharat"

15:19 (IST)06 Jun 2019
Bharat is the latest victim of Tamilrockers

Bharat, directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, is available online for download. The piracy website Tamilrockers has leaked the period drama online.

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14:46 (IST)06 Jun 2019
Appreciation for Sunil Grover

Siddharth Kannan posted on Twitter, ".@WhoSunilGrover brother I loved the mix of humour and emotion you brought to your role in #Bharat! Your comic timing & bonding along with @BeingSalmanKhan is simply superb!#SidK #KatrinaKaif @DishPatani @TSeries @itsBhushanKumar @SKFilmsOfficial @Bharat_TheFilm"

14:22 (IST)06 Jun 2019
Ali Abbas Zafar on response to Bharat

“Bharat is a true blue Hindi film that we all love to see and enjoy with our friends and families. It gives me immense joy seeing the lovely reactions of people in our theatres,” Ali Abbas Zafar said.

14:02 (IST)06 Jun 2019
Ali Abbas Zafar on presenting Salman Khan in a different avatar

In a statement, Bharat director Ali Abbas Zafar said, "It is humbling to be showered this kind of love. I have tried to present Salman Khan in a totally new light and as a totally new hero with Bharat. I am ecstatic that audiences have liked our attempt to make Bharat a thoroughly entertaining joyride that also has its soul in the right place.”

13:43 (IST)06 Jun 2019
Ali Abbas Zafar on the huge opening of Bharat

In a statement, Bharat director Ali Abbas Zafar said, "We always wanted to make a film for the entire country to come and celebrate the spirit of Eid and the first day only validates our intent and effort to make a film that India can be truly entertained by."

13:23 (IST)06 Jun 2019
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12:56 (IST)06 Jun 2019
'Big thank you sabko for giving sabse bada opening mere career ka'

Salman Khan tweeted, "Big thk u sabko fr giving sabse bada opening mere career ka par what made me the happiest & proudest is ki during a scene in my film jab national anthem is recited ev1 stood up as a mark of respect. There could be no bigger respect for our country than this... Jai Hind #Bharat"

12:36 (IST)06 Jun 2019
Cricket doesn't affect Bharat on Day 1

Taran Adarsh shared on Twitter, "#Bharat sets the BO on... East, West, North, South... Multiplexes, single screens... Metros, non-metros... Day 1 biz was mind boggling across the board, despite tough opposition from the crucial and much-hyped cricket match [#IndvSA #CWC19]."

12:18 (IST)06 Jun 2019
Salman's biggest opener

With Rs 42.30 crore, Bharat is Salman Khan’s biggest opener. It has surpassed the record held by Prem Ratan Dhan Payo - Rs 40.35 crore.

12:04 (IST)06 Jun 2019
Biggest Eid opener

With Rs 42.30 crore, Bharat is Salman Khan’s biggest Eid opener. It has surpassed the record held by Sultan - Rs 36.54 crore.

11:49 (IST)06 Jun 2019
Bharat hits the ball out of the park on Day 1

Salman Khan's Eid release Bharat earned Rs 42.30 crore on June 5.

11:40 (IST)06 Jun 2019
Bharat Day 1 earnings in Australia

Bollywood Hungama tweeted, "@BeingSalmanKhan's #Bharat Day 1 (Wednesday) #Australia #boxoffice - 78,560 USD [Rs. 54.51 lacs] from 63 screens"

11:22 (IST)06 Jun 2019
Day 2 of Bharat 'starts with a Bang'

"#Bharat Day 2 (Thursday) Starts with a Bang with approx 35-40% occupancy in morning shows across India, there is a drop of approx 30% compared to Wednesday which is absolutely normal considering Mammoth opening & national Holiday factor," film trade analyst Sumit kadel said via Twitter.

Katrina Kaif has been lauded for her performance in Bharat. In an interview with indianexpress.com, Katrina said, "For Bharat, Salman and I have only thought about what our characters mean to each other’s characters and the story of the film. 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.