Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Sunil Grover, Disha Patani, Jackie Shroff, Tabu
Ali Abbas Zafar

At the stroke on the midnight hour like our country, little Bharat (Salman Khan)’s life changes! His father (Jackie Shroff) leaves him with a magnitudinal task of taking care of their family. Young Bharat has his mother and siblings to care for with nothing but his father’s words for guidance. He does whatever he has to do in order to make a livelihood. From polishing shoes to working in a circus- he does it all. Jumping into the fire each day doesn’t seem scary when he manages to fill his family’s tummy.

But times change, and unemployment takes over the country. His friend, (Sunil Grover) and he decide to go to the Middle East seeking employment in crude oil mines. It is there where he first meets Kumud Raina (Katrina Kaif).

While they might not have hit it off at the word go, the essence of their relationship grows every day that they work together. Kumud being the engineer and Bharat the worker. Love blossoms but disaster is not too far away. A blast in the mine changes Bharat’s life again… what follows is a lot more trials and many more tribulations, but Bharat keeps moving forward.

Given the many people that build on Bharat’s life, the many situations and circumstances that mark him, it is compelling that the runtime runs on. But thanks to Salman Khan the audience doesn’t feel restless. If there ever was one actor who could enthral the masses by his mere presence, it is Salman Khan. And in Bharat, he even acts! So clearly this one is set to be a double whammy all through! Being the backbone of the project since word go, Salman has evidently given a lot to the film. Despite excelling in the larger than life sequences, it is the EQ of the film that Salman seems to have perfected. He completely has the audiences’ rapt attention when he takes on the more emotionally reflective scenes and he does it with aplomb.

It is also his chemistry with Katrina Kaif that helps the mature Salman Khan! While the ‘younger’ Salman frolicked with Disha Patani one feels the obvious void in chemistry. Though Disha does her best as Radha, she is too young for a Salman Khan. Which once again brings us to Katrina Kaif. The girl has really worked for the part that landed on her lap the second Priyanka turned Jonas. With her hindi diction miraculously improved Kaif made a very good Kumud. She manages the scenes almost as well as she manages the dancing.

Like the aforementioned protagonists, the remaining starcast – Sunil Grover, Jackie Shroff, Tabu etc too give a pitch perfect performance. But what stays with you is the immaculate cinematography by Marcin Laskawiec and Julius Packiam’s background score.

Both Laskawiec and Packiam have turned the film from good to excellent. The visuals and the thumping soundtrack punctuating the crucial sequences stay with you longer than any of the songs. Music directors, Vishal-Shekhar’s score is mediocre at best. None of the songs really make the cut.

Speaking about cut, Abbas Ali Zaffar could have snipped the 155 minute film shorter by a good twenty minutes. Many songs were unnecessary as were some characters. The social messages and heavy dose of patriotism, drew too many tangents to the already busy timeline of the script. Playing to Bhai’s fans is never an easy task. While Zaffar did excellently is Sultan, there are portions here where he falters. Yet, the film doesn’t suffer too much. The entertainment stays on…

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