April 6th, 2020 | Updated on February 12th, 2022
During the India-Pakistan partition, a family gets torn apart leaving Bharat, one of the children, in charge of the remaining members.
All his life he tries to keep the promise he made to his father. Bharat‘ is a journey of a man and a nation together.
At the cusp of India’s birth as an independent nation, a family makes an arduous journey to freedom at a cost.
A young boy Bharat, makes a promise to his Father that he will keep his family together no matter what – a promise that he keeps over the next 60 years of his life, despite each decade throwing a new set of challenges at him -some humorous, some thrilling, some romantic while some life-threatening.
His resilience, loyalty and a never-dying spirit, mirrors the fundamental qualities of India — Bharat!
Movie Reviews: ‘Bharat‘
Review: The Hindu
The stories of lives torn asunder due to Partition and of the reunion of loved ones after years of separation make for an emotive watch.
It makes you leave Bharat with some amount of connecting, despite the overt mawkishness and accompanying in-film promotion for Zee TV that comes riding on it.
Otherwise, in an effort to have an epic sweep, in terms of time, place and emotions, Bharat is way too ponderous and plodding.
On paper, seeing seven decades of post-Independence India through the life of one man, suitably called Bharat (Salman Khan), might seem like a wonderful idea.
But certainly not, when the events and people from the country’s recent history remain casual, throwaway references rather than deeply tied-up in any manner with the protagonist’s own journey.
Review: Indian Express
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 that 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 maybe, but the tears are real. And moving: my eyes were moist, even when I knew I was being played.
Review: Film Companion
Well into the second half of Bharat, the eponymous protagonist (Salman Khan, at his muscliest) finds himself on a merchant navy vessel.
Before you can say, Captain Phillips, they are attacked by Somali pirates. The crew turns on the water cannons, but nothing works.
The pirates are soon on board, and they want the stuff theatre owners to hope to make a lot of with an Eid-release Salman Khan starrer.
Pleading doesn’t help, so Bharat does the next best thing. Learning that the pirates are Amitabh Bachchan fans, he begins to dance to a medley of Bachchan hits — and the pirates join in.