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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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"
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."
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"
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"
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"
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"
Bharat is the latest victim of Tamilrockers
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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"
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.
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.”
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."
'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"
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]."
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.
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.
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.
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"
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.
Bharat off to a good start on Day 2
Film trade analyst Rohit Jaiswal wrote on Twitter, "#BharatThisEid Day 2 takes a strong opening, will pick up aftr 2pm shows...#Bharat"
Wide release for Bharat
Bharat hit over 6000 screens worlwide. Film trade analyst Taran Adarsh shared on Twitter, "#Bharat screen count. India: 4700. Overseas: 1300+. Worldwide total: 6000+ screens. #Bharat has released at 43 locations [60 screens] in #Germany. One of the biggest releases ever [#Hindi]. #BharatThisEid"
Bharat: Audience Review
'Massive numbers for a non-mass, non-action film'
Journalist Kaushik LM posted on Twitter, "Earty estimates: Close to 45 CR Ind nett opening for #Bharat.. Sheer @BeingSalmanKhan power.. The Numero Uno..Massive numbers for a non-mass, non-action film.. #BharatThisEid"
'Bharat has taken a brilliant start'
Journalist Joginder Tuteja shared on Twitter, "As per early estimates, #Bharat has taken a BRILLIANT start. It is beyond expectations. Be prepared to be surprised,. really (pleasantly) surprised when the official Wednesday numbers come in!"
Highest opening for Salman Khan film?
Film trade analyst Ramesh Bala tweeted, "#Bharat is expected to have taken the highest opening for a @BeingSalmanKhan Movie in #India on Day 1..Also All-time No.2 for any Hindi movie.. Final numbers awaited.."
Bharat to earn Rs 45 crore on Day 1?
"#Bharat Day-1 Flirting with ₹ 45 cr nett. No massy action sequences. Non Massy content. Pure high on content emotional film & still film manages to achieve second biggest opening of all time. MEGA STARDOM OF SALMAN KHAN," film trade analyst Sumit Kadel said via Twitter.
Highest opening of 2019?
Journalist Amul Vikas Mohan wrote on Twitter, "According to early estimates #Bharat has taken the highest opening of 2019 and also the second highest opening ever for a Hindi movie, period. The opening range also seems to be BANG on (43-45 crs.) as per @supercinemaent ‘s initial and only prediction... @BeingSalmanKhan"
'A mammoth start'
Film trade analyst Girish Johar posted on Twitter, "EXCLUSIVE!!! MEGA STAR @BeingSalmanKhan has had MAMMOTH start at the #Eid BO... his fans has given him a huuuge Eidi with #Bharat ... his highest career ever is on the cards @aliabbaszafar @DishPatani @WhoSunilGrover #KatrinaKaif"