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Bharat (transl. India)[a] is a 2019 Indian Hindi-language drama film written and directed by Ali Abbas Zafar. It is jointly produced by Atul Agnihotri, Alvira Khan Agnihotri, Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Nikhil Namit and Salman Khan under the banners Reel Life Productions, Salman Khan Films and T-Series. The film stars Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Tabu, Sunil Grover, Disha Patani and Jackie Shroff. It traces India's post-independence history from the perspective of a common man, and follows his life from the age of 8 to 70.

Bharat film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAli Abbas Zafar
Produced by
Written byStory:
Ali Abbas Zafar
Ali Abbas Zafar
Varun V. Sharma
Screenplay by
Based onOde to My Father
by Yoon Je-kyoon
Music by
CinematographyMarcin Laskawiec
Edited byRameshwar S. Bhagat
Distributed byAA Films
Release date
  • 5 June 2019 (2019-06-05)
Running time
155 minutes[1]
Budget100 crore[2][3]
Box officeest. ₹325.58 crore[4]

Based on the 2014 South Korean film Ode to My Father, principal photography for Bharat began in April 2018. Shooting took place at such locations as Abu Dhabi, Spain, Malta, Punjab and Delhi. Kaif joined the cast soon after Priyanka Chopra opted out of the role after filming commenced, for her impending engagement to Nick Jonas. Filming concluded in March 2019. The film's soundtrack was composed by Vishal-Shekhar, with lyrics written by Irshad Kamil, and released under the banner T-Series.

Bharat was theatrically released in India on 5 June 2019, on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr. It received mixed reviews from critics, with praise directed to Kaif's performance, while the pace, Zafar's adaptation and screenplay received criticism. The film earned 42.30 crore on its first day, becoming Khan's biggest opening day release.[5][6][7][8] It emerged as a commercial success with a worldwide gross of 325.58 crore (US$47 million).


In 2010, Bharat, a shopkeeper, refuses to part with his store despite lucrative offers. On the occasion of his 70th birthday, he tells his granddaughter the story of his life.

During the Partition of India in 1947, Gautam Kumar, his wife Janki, daughters Mehek and Gudiya, and sons Bharat and Chote, board a train to India along with many refugees to save themselves from the terrible riots in present-day Pakistan. The 7 year-old Bharat loses the toddler Gudiya in the chaos. Gautam stays behind to search for Gudiya and tells Bharat to take Janki, Mehek, and Chote to his sister's imported goods store. Gautam has Bharat promise him that the latter would always keep the family together.

As a child, Bharat takes all sorts of odd jobs to support his family. In 1964, as a pre-teen, he joins The Great Russian Circus with his best friend, Vilayati Khan, after meeting Radha who works in a roadside circus and falls in love with her, and spends a number of years there, and attains fame. He decides to leaves the circus when Chote hurts himself in an accident while trying to emulate him and bids a tearful goodbye with Radha. In the mid-1970s, Bharat joins the Indian migration prompted by the discovery of oil in Saudi Arabia to earn enough money for Mehek's marriage. Here, he falls in love with his chief engineer, Kumud Raina, and survives a mining accident. Kumud confesses her love for him, but he tells Kumud he can't marry her, as he is afraid such a commitment will come in the way of fulfilling his father's promise. Back home in India, Kumud arrives during Mehek's wedding to announce her love for Bharat, and starts a live-in relationship, albeit with Janki's approval.

Bharat's aunt dies in 1983. His uncle, in need of money, plans to sell the store, a decision Bharat disagrees with. He leaves India again with Vilayati as sailors for a period of 8 months, and earns enough money to buy the store. Kumud becomes the creative director of the then-newly-formed channel, Zee TV, and runs a program in which relatives separated during the Partition are reunited. Bharat is featured in hopes of finding his long-lost sister, Gudiya, and his father. A woman from London who was adopted as a child by a British family during the Partition comes on the program. Bharat converses with her, and realises that she is indeed Gudiya. An emotional reunion ensues and Meher travels to India to see them. Janki passes away soon after. Bharat hopes to also find his father through the show but is unsuccessful.

In 2010, an elderly Bharat finally decides to sell his aunt's imported goods store, which, up to this point, he stubbornly refused to do despite the store's losing money. Before letting go on the train, Gautam had promised that he would come reunite with the rest of the family at the store, thus explaining why Bharat bought and held on to the store for so long. Bharat wistfully realises that Gautam is probably too old now to still be alive. Bharat has a vision of Gautam, who assures him that he indeed kept his promise of keeping the family together. He tells Bharat that it is time to let him go and move on. Bharat breaks into tears and leaves the store. He gets married to Kumud, finally deciding to move on with his life.



Bharat is based on the South Korean film Ode to My Father (2014), which traces the history of South Korea parallel to a man's life, spanning from the 1950s to the 2010s.[9][10]

Bharat began principal photography in mid-April 2018,[11][12] and was shot in various locations, including Abu Dhabi, Spain, Malta, Punjab and Delhi.[13][14] Priyanka Chopra, who was cast as one of the leading ladies, opted out of the film days before filming her scenes.[15] Nikhil Namit, CEO of Reel Life Productions, said that Priyanka quit due to her engagement to Nick Jonas.[16] She was replaced by Katrina Kaif.[17] Kaif shared the news on her Instagram account that filming was wrapped up on 5 March 2019.[18][19] The climax was shot in Film City.[20]


Soundtrack album by
Released17 May 2019[21]
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Vishal–Shekhar chronology
Student of the Year 2
External audio
  Audio Jukebox on YouTube

The film's soundtrack is composed by Vishal–Shekhar, with lyrics written by Irshad Kamil. It is released under the banner T-Series.[21] Devarsi Ghosh of, positively summarised the soundtrack review as 'near-perfect.'[22] Firstpost, praised the song 'chashni' as "soul-stirringly beautiful."[23]

Track listing
1."Slow Motion"Nakash Aziz, Shreya Ghoshal4:07
2."Chashni"Abhijeet Srivastava4:25
3."Aithey Aa"Akasa Singh, Neeti Mohan, Kamaal Khan3:39
4."Zinda"Vishal Dadlani2:20
5."Turpeya"Sukhwinder Singh4:34
6."Aaya Na Tu"Jyoti Nooran5:57
7."Thap Thap"Sukhwinder Singh2:53
8."Chashni" (Reprise)Neha Bhasin3:59
9."Aithey Aa" (Dance Version)Nakash Aziz, Neeti Mohan3:38
Total length:35:32

Marketing and releaseEdit

Kaif promoting Bharat in 2019

Salman Khan posted a glimpse of Katrina Kaif and himself from the film on his Instagram account on 25 August 2018.[24] Salman Khan released Bharat's first look poster on 15 April 2019, through Twitter.[25] On 17 April, a poster showcasing Kaif's character was released.[26] The film's official trailer was released on 22 April 2019.[27]

Bharat was released on 5 June 2019 on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr,[28] worldwide on 6000 screens including 4700 screens in India.[29]

Home videoEdit

The film was made available for video on demand on Prime Video in August 2019.[30]


Critical responseEdit

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a rating of 29% based on 17 reviews with an average rating of 5.25/10.[31] Bharat received mixed reviews from critics on release.[32]

Renuka Vyavahare of The Times of India gave the film three and a half stars out of five, calling it "an exhausting, scattered watch despite the entertainment, humour and nobility it propagates". She concluded, "Bharat is well-intentioned, entertaining and doesn’t succumb to the trappings of commercial potboilers".[33] Priyanka Sinha Jha of CNN-News18, praising Khan for his performance rates the film with three stars out of five, and feels that the script is bit lengthy and required 'sharper' editing. In the end, She says, "For all its virtues, Bharat falls short of becoming a tour de force, but it could turn into a crowd-puller."[34] Trade analyst and critic Taran Adarsh concurs with Jha on script trimming and gives four stars out of five. Declaring it "smash-hit" he praises Ali for direction, Kaif, and Khan for performance. He feels that the film is an emotional journey that wins the viewers over.[35] Manjusha Radhakrishnan of the Gulf News, also says that it would have benefited from trimming so finds the film 'dull', that is likely to test patience of audience. And, she gives it two stars out of five.[36] Ananya Bhattacharya writing for India Today praised acting of Kaif and Khan but feels that the main attraction is Sunil Grover. She also rates it with three stars out of five and concludes that Salman has given his fans 'an out-and-out entertainer'.[37] Rajeev Masand writing for CNN-News18, finds the film "unmistakably boring" and "excruciatingly long". He rates the film with two stars out of five.[38] Anna M. M. Vetticad of Firstpost finds the film laden with weak 'humor' and 'lackluster' songs. Rating it with two stars out of five Vetticad concludes, "Far from being a Forrest Gump with Salman Khan, Bharat is mostly a plodding trek through post-1947 to contemporary India."[39] Jyoti Sharma Bawa of the Hindustan Times finds it 'an emotional Eid winner' and rates it with three stars out of five.[40] Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Express gave two and a half stars out of five and opines, "The good thing about the film, despite its eye-roll moments, is its attempt to create an ‘ordinary’ man without any particular skills.".[41]

Box officeEdit

Bharat's opening day domestic collection was 42.30 crore. This is the highest opening day collection for Salman Khan.[4] On the second day it's screenings dipped in multiplexes, yet remained strong in single-screen theatres and earned 31 crore - raising the total to Rs 73.30 crore.[42] As of 25 September 2019, with a gross of 251.27 crore in India and 74.31 crore overseas, the film has a worldwide gross collection of 325.58 crore.[4]

As of September 2019, Bharat is the fourth highest grossing Bollywood film of 2019.[6] Based on domestic net collection the film is among top twenty in the list of Hindi films with highest domestic net collection.


  1. ^ Also the titular character, who is named after the country.


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