While all of Hindustan waits for the verdict on Bharat, early responses are very encouraging.While critical reaction to the film is fairly mixed, first-day audiences seem to love Salman Khan’s journey through Indian history.
Kishan Damani a leading distributor of Bihar is in a celebratory mood. “Most people love Bharat. they are coming away highly satisfied with Bhaijaan(Salman)’s performance. They feel he’s back in form after two years. Some find the film average. But no negative response from anywhere in Bihar.”
However a manager of a leading multiplex chain says the opening-day audience was “restless and dissatisfied”
“They were mostly excited young Eid-celebrating fans of Bhai who had come for a fun time with their favourite superstar. Instead they were served a khichdi of history lessons and circus acrobatics. The audience was fairly agitated by mid-point,” says the manager.
While Taran Adarsh has rewarded the film with 4.5 stars , another trade expert Amod Mehra has given Bharat 0 stars, commenting, “#Bharat is a must see..How else will you decide whether #Bharat is as bad as #Tubelight #Race3 #ThugsOfHindustan #Kalank.. or even worse.”
Now all eyes are on Prabhudheva’s Dabangg 3 which opens in December. In 2008 Prabhudheva revived Salman’s career with Wanted after a spate of uninterrupted flops.
After two consecutive flops(Tubelight, Race 3 ) and a third film that is looking like the blockbuster it was intended to be, will Prabhudheva reinforce Salman’s career even further with Dabangg 3?
Avers Prabhudheva, “That’s too much importance being given to one film. He(Salman Khan) is such a huge superstar. He is beyond hits and flops.”
Trade guru Taran Adarsh is extremely gung-ho. “It’s Salmania all over. The Day 1 business clearly indicates Salman is the biggest crowdpuller. The mind-boggling numbers from East to West and from North to South is proof that the star power is intact. 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.”
Adds trade insider Girish Johar, “As always it is Salman’s stardom which has buoyed the Eid boxoffice start.Iit is really humongous. His fans have done the job. The reviews iare in the mixed range. But, for a commercial film, reviews are always mixed. It depends on the audiences on how much the film is liked. It is they who decide and no one else. Still, even an average film of Salman does 200 crs at the BO, which is no mean feat !”