Bharat Trailer! Salman May Have Actually Made a Good Movie

Wow. I actually got a little teary-eyed at a Salman Khan movie trailer. I’m stunned!

It’s an interesting trailer idea, it gives us all the big exciting things that happen in the film, but holds back and only gives a hint of the heart of it all. Most trailers go the opposite way, layer on the emotion but hold off on the exciting details. Kalank, for instance, we saw the bull fight and and the big ecstatic love moments, we knew Sonakshi loved Salman and Alia Varun, but it was forbidden. But we didn’t know Aditya worked at a newspaper, or exactly how they were related to each other, or all the details like that.

Making it more interesting, this is a remake of a film where all they kept was the heart of it and the big glitz was added on top. So if they were being super practical, they would say “let’s have the trailer spoil the bits people could find out by googling the original and hide the bits that are different”. But instead the spoiled all the different bits and held off on the heart.

It makes me have hope for the film because it seems to be saying they have so much respect for the emotional part of the film, they don’t want to cheapen it by throwing it into the trailer. They want to just give us a taste and not let it overpower. It works for me, because while the “traveling through Indian history” bits are fun, and I am excited about Kat’s role and all that, once Jackie Shroff shows up and we see the little boy turning into the man with the hand-lettered sign, so much more powerful all of a sudden.

Oh, and the background music is super good! Vishal-Shekhar always have a basic level of quality they don’t drop below, but every once in a while they can rise above it surprisingly high. This time the music in the background was really driving it along.

Speaking of rising above, it’s a bit early to say for sure, but I think this might be one of those rare “good” Salman performances, the ones where he does more than just entertaining and playing to the galleries. Just the voice over is calmer and subtler than I am used to from his line delivery.

Oh, and plot. Looks like 5 sections, to match the posters already released. As a young man he worked as a circus stunt man and had a fling with Disha Patani. Then he got a job in the oil fields with Katrina as his supervisor and survived a cave-in. Then he was working on an ail ship that was taken by pirates in the 90s. And then in the late 90s/2000s he is a middle-aged man waiting at the border. And finally in the present he is telling this story.

I think all of these sections are good ideas, except maybe the pirate section. Too blatantly a rip off of Captain Phillips and it doesn’t feel like there is a character need for it. He was a reckless young man and the audience gets exciting stunts and fun songs in the circus sequence. The oil fields show him maturing, falling in love, having a flashback to his childhood when he faces death. And then the middle-aged section is him with a family and a wife and everything good but still feeling that emptiness. The ship section doesn’t bring anything new for the character or for the audience, he’s already faced death and we already got our action scenes.

But those flashbacks! The plot of the original is a little boy who is separated from his father and big sister in Partition. He spends his life taking care of his mother and siblings but always missing his sister and father. Finally, in late middle-age, he is able to meet his sister one more time. And we can see that just hinted at in the little bits here and there, Jackie telling him good-bye and to always remember his name, a little boy calling for his father from the overstuffed train, and then the shots of him waiting at the border. Most of all, the lack of Tabu in the trailer. I assume she plays the adult sister and it is perfect casting, she and Salman have been together so much over the years, and she brings an immediate soothing big sister vibe. Although, if it turns out he is just waiting for stupid Jackie Shroff and they cut the sister plot, I will be super upset.

Oh, and Kat! I am so glad Priyanka isn’t in this role. Kat and Salman have an immediate softness and sweetness in their connection, Priyanka doesn’t have that. And Kat playing the English speaking Christian supervisor of the oil fields is a perfect role for her. With another actress it would come off as bossy and mean and Salman has to “wear her down”. But with Kat, there is a kind of wistfulness and loneliness built in which makes us see and understand why she would fall for Salman.

To sum up, I love it! And I am very excited. How about you?

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18 thoughts on “Bharat Trailer! Salman May Have Actually Made a Good Movie

  1. I thought it was a good trailer, but I’m a little surprised to see you be so enthusiastic about it, since you didn’t like TZH, and I thought this had the same kind of feel.

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    • It feels completely different to me. TZH had so much violence in it, attacking other people. This movie doesn’t have any of that, except maybe in the pirate scene. There is action, but not violence.

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  2. BTW, and Indian Naval officer rescuing people from a ship taken over by Somali pirates was a real news story. I can’t recall the exact year it happened, though.

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    • Sure, I can believe that, but the one little shot of the pirate telling Salman to “shut up” is straight out of Captain Phillips.

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  3. For a Salman film, definitely looks promising. I think it’s because the director knows how to work with him. Katrina looks really promising, too! Hoping the goodwill from Zero carries through and she gets credit where credit is due if she’s good in it.

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    • Her casting in Akshay’s next movie was just announced, which hopefully means her career is on the upswing and people are taking notice.

      I’m a little worried because this is the same director as Sultan and Tiger Zinda Hai which I thought were both pretty mediocre. But maybe the script will elevate him.

      On Mon, Apr 22, 2019 at 8:51 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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  4. This trailer definitely gives me good vibes – for all the reasons you mention.
    If the movie can explore the emotional parts as I could sense them through Salman’s expressions and voice, I can easily bear the patriotic part (which isn’t ‘my cup of tea’ either).

    joyomama, at least natural grey with subtle colouring here and there šŸ™‚

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    • I’ll be curious how it is patriotic, what flavor of patriotism. If the story is about a man missing half his family that are on the other side of the border, then it feels like it might be telling the story of two equal counties, Salman in India and his father and sister in Pakistan, without judging either.

      On Mon, Apr 22, 2019 at 11:58 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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    • A challenge! I have a month and a half to whittle that 90% down. I’m gonna do it! I’m going to singlehandedly raise the Italian box office by $20!

      On Mon, Apr 22, 2019 at 4:31 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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      • It will be hard because grey-haired Salman is the only thing I found attractive in this film. All other things like: guy works in a circus, guy works with the oil, history of a nation, Katrina Kaif are more a turn off for me.
        But you can try, after all I watched Race 3 so nothing is impossible šŸ˜‰

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        • Tabu is in it too?

          And it will definitely be better than Race 3. Mostly because I can’t imagine how something could be worse.

          On Mon, Apr 22, 2019 at 4:47 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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