A Bollywood Remake of South Korean drama, Ode to my Father (2014), Bharat zeroed in on the personal and professional choices of its ideal hero, set against the social backdrop of its time. After getting estranged from his father and sister during the Indo-Pak partition in 1947 as a child, Bharat takes this stand to dedicate his entire life to keeping the promise he’d made to his missing father. He takes all the responsibility upon himself as the eldest son of the house to look after his mother and siblings, hoping their family would get to reconcile one day. From 1947 to 2010, the narrative travels a period of over six decades. You could see Bharat jumping from one dangerous job to another to make ends meet.
In the course of events, he falls in love with the fierce Kumud (Katrina Kaif), enough to make the first move not waiting for the man. She proposes marriage without fearing rejection. “I do and say what I think is right,” therefore, coming to the main part is that Bharat is Katrina’s best acting till date. Her cracking chemistry with Salman feels natural as is obvious in their other movies as well. She does a good job at portraying a woman who’s confident enough to make her own life choices.
Thanks to Abbas Ali for fetching our favourite Sunil Grover to play the character of Vilayati, Bharat’s best friend and confidante. Our best friends are our soulmates and is everything we need at all points in our lives which reflects here beautifully. Grover does justice to his well-written role. Sonali Kulkarni and Jackie Shroff are amazingas always.
Abbas Ali infuses the necessary emotions with an abundance of funny Salman elements that will make his diehard fans go ‘whistle podu’. While he manages to keep you hooked despite his bewildered source material and misplaced songs, Bharat has got too many happenings all at once and too many time leaps. This eventually makes the movie a journey which is weary despite the entertainment, humour and nobility it imparts.
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