“Bharat”… Salman Khan revisits Indian history in an underwhelming wannabe-saga

Posted on June 6, 2019


Spoilers ahead…

Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/bharat-movie-review-salman-khan-katrina-kaif-ali-abbas-zafar-baradwaj-rangan

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 no luck. The pirates are soon on board, and they want the stuff theatre owners hope to make a lot of with an Eid-dated Salman Khan starrer. Pleas don’t work, 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. It’s a supremely silly scene (and not the good kind of silly, like the ship’s captain, played by Satish Kaushik, speaking in a gibberish tongue), but it’s there for a reason: to demonstrate Bharat’s (i.e. the nation’s) growing soft power. Even in Africa, there’s apparently no resisting the… naach-Ghana.

Continued at the link above.

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