While the critical reaction to Bharat is fairly mixed, first-day audiences have come away feeling pretty disappointed.
A manager of a theatre of a leading chain of multiplexes said that the Friday-morning audience seemed “restless”. “They were the young, Eid-celebrating fans of Salman Khan who were looking forward to an exhilarating time with their favorite superstar. However, what they received was an amalgamation of history lessons and circus acrobatics. A majority of the audience, in fact, was fairly agitated by the midpoint,” the manager said.
While Taran Adarsh has awarded the film an outstanding 4.5 stars, trade expert Amod Mehra has given Bharat 0 stars. “#Bharat is a must watch. How else can one decide whether #Bharat is as despicable as #Tubelight #Race3 #ThugsOfHindustan #Kalank.. or even worse?” he said in a tweet.
While the early box office numbers seem somewhat encouraging, theatres across India are expecting a substantial slump in the coming days — that’s bad news for Salman Khan, whose last two Eid releases Tubelight and Race 3 bombed at the box office (although Salman seems to think otherwise).
All eyes now seem to be on Prabhudeva’s Dabangg 3, which is scheduled to open in December. It may be noted here that Prabhudeva was the one who revived Salman’s career in 2008 (after a spate of failures) with his film Wanted. Prabhudeva, however, begs to differ. “That’s too much credit to one film. Salman Khan is a superstar of epic proportions. He is certainly far beyond hits and flops,” he said.
Taran adds, “It’s Salmania all over. Bharat is an emotional journey and I am sure, the family audiences as well as Salman fans will take it to major success. The Day 1 numbers are his highest.”...