Salman Khan’s Bharat earned a whopping Rs 42.30 crore on Day 1 but it has proven to have weaker legs than some of the other Bhai movies like Tiger Zinda Hai and Bajrangi Bhaijaan that remained consistent throughout and crossed the elite Rs 300 crore mark.
So far, this Ali Abbas Zafar directorial has earned Rs 207.51 crore, according to Bollywood Hungama. Out of this, it earned Rs 180.05 crore in its first week itself. Clearly, despite an explosive opening, the fall was big.
Now, it has become harder and harder to survive. Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani’s Kabir Singh, which is a remake of Telugu blockbuster Arjun Reddy, is the current king of the box office and may soon oust Bharat, also starring Katrina Kaif in the lead role.
Bharat marks the third collaboration of Salman Khan and filmmaker Ali Abbas Zafar. They had previously worked together on blockbusters like Sultan and Tiger Zinda Hai. On the other hand, Ali Abbas had directed Katrina in Mere Brother Ki Dulhan and Tiger Zinda Hai.
Bharat has Salman portraying a man whose life runs parallel to India’s journey since independence. It is based on 2014 South Korean film Ode to My Father.
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Salman Khan thanks audience
Salman Khan earlier took to Twitter to thank his audience for their response to Bharat. He 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."
Bharat earns Rs 1.65 crore on Monday
According to Bollywood Hungama, Bharat has earned Rs 1.65 crore on day 19 at the box office. Now, the film's total collection stands at Rs 209.16 crore.
Sunil Grover: Industry has changed towards me after Bharat success.
"Bharat success feels like people wishing me Happy New Year. They meet me and greet. I am lucky and happy that the kind of response has come my way," Sunil Grover told Rajeev Masand in an interview recently. When he asked if industry's way to treat him has changed after the massive success, Sunil said, "Yes, I could feel the difference. It has changed. The way they treat you and look at you."
Bharat at the Canada box office
Bollywood Hungama tweeted, "#BoxOffice: #Bharat Day 16 (Thursday) Canada box office - 7,245 USD [Rs. 5.04 lacs] from 24 screens."
Salman Khan has maximum films in Rs 200 crore and Rs 300 crore clubs
"#Bharat is #Salman's 6th film to strike Rs 200 cr in India and it is his 8th film to strike Rs 300 cr globally. He has the maximum number of movies in both the clubs," wrote @BeingSKhan_ on Twitter.
Bharat at the US box office
Bollywood Hungama tweeted earlier, "#BoxOffice: #Bharat Day 18 (Saturday) U.S.A box office - 16,478 USD [Rs. 11.46 lacs] from 37 screens."
Bharat heading for Rs 210-212 crore lifetime earnings?
Trade analyst Sumit kadel had earlier tweeted, "#Bharat Third Friday- ₹ 80 lakhs nett. Film lifetime collection heading towards ₹ 210-212 cr nett. HIT."
Ali Abbas Zafar: Bharat's music didn’t turn out the way it was intended
Bharat director Ali Abbas Zafar told Mumbai Mirror, “With Bharat, I would want to rework the music because when we were working on it, we were sure that it would have a strong appeal, but it didn’t turn out the way it was intended. On Tiger (Tiger Zinda Hai), given the available resources, a little more time and we could have executed the action even better. In Sultan, if I had more time, I would work on the fights that SK had in the MMA section. I feel a bit more work on Gunday’s script would have made it stronger. The first film is always special and since I was learning while shooting Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, I wouldn’t want to change anything,”
Bharat attempts to create an ‘ordinary’ man without any particular skills
The Indian Express film critic Shubhra Gupta had said in her review of Bharat, "The good thing about the film, despite its eye-roll moments, is its attempt to create an ‘ordinary’ man without any particular skills. And the underlining of a nation which belongs to us all. Vilayati, played excellently by Grover, is a Muslim. The dialogue may be over-the-top but it takes us back to the time when pan-Indian films would speak fearlessly about dosti and bhaichara amongst sworn enemies, about how people are the same everywhere, and that the Partition hasn’t divided dils, which still beat for each other. Yes, it’s all very Bajrangi Bhaijaan, and all very ‘filmi’, haha, but who doesn’t love the idea of long-separated loved ones being reunited? Treacle it may be, but the tears are real. And moving: my eyes were moist, even when I knew I was being played."
Bharat remains the biggest opener of 2019
Film trade analyst Taran Adarsh had earlier tweeted, "Top 5 *Day 1* biz... 2019 releases...
1. #Bharat ₹ 42.30 cr [Wed]
2. #Kalank ₹ 21.60 cr [Wed]
3. #Kesari ₹ 21.06 cr [Thu]
4. #KabirSingh ₹ 20.21 cr [Fri]
5. #GullyBoy ₹ 19.40 cr [Thu]
NOTE: #KabirSingh is the *only* film in this list to have the traditional Friday release."
Ali Abbas Zafar: Not all films are meant to make Rs 300 crore
In an interview with Mumbai Mirror, Bharat director Ali Abbas Zafar spoke about Bharat. He said, "Since Sultan and Tiger were big blockbusters, SK (Salman Khan) and I decided to team up on a film that’s different. We were aware that the new film’s business might not be the same as Sultan or Tiger Zinda Hai as we were on a slightly unconventional route. At the box-office, it has not done similar business as our previous films but is still a big moneyspinner for everyone associated. Not all films are meant to make Rs 300 crore at the box-office."
Bharat: Audience verdict
Bharat to break another record?
Salman Khan starrer Bharat is all set to cross the lifetime collection of Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (Rs 210 crores).