The Salman Khan-starrer Bharat, directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, has booked Eid 2019 as its release date,Ahmedabad Mirror reported. Bharat is an official remake of the South Korean drama Ode To My Father (2014), which charts modern Korean history from the 1950s to the present through a single character. The movie will be produced by Atul Agnihotri, the former actor and Khan’s brother-in-law.
“That film is just the starting point for ours but since it was an inspiration, we wanted in all fairness to officially own it and acquired the remake rights before going ahead with Bharat,” Agnihotri told Ahmedabad Mirror. He decided to adapt Ode to My Father after he watched it at the Berlin Film Festival.
“It [Bharat] starts in 1947 and ends in 2000 and is the journey of a country and also a person, both of whom go by the name of Bharat,” said Agnihotri. The film will reportedly go on the floors in April 2018, and will be shot in Abu Dhabi, Spain, Punjab and Delhi.
Agnihotri had also produced Bodyguard with Khan in the lead. The 2011 Eid release made big money at the box office.
“I’m very conscious about Salman’s fan base and what they want,” Agnihotri said about booking an Eid release. “And once again, I’m convinced that being a family film Bharat is worthy of coming during the festive time. Anyway, an Eid release is always every producer’s preferred choice.”
Khan was last seen in Tubelight in July. Bharat is the actor’s third film with Zafar after the 2016 hit Sultan and the December release Tiger Zinda Hai.