Despite the slick narrative, amazing screen presence of Dhruva Saraja and grandly mounted sets, Bharjari is but a motley hotchpotch of situations from standard commercial films. It is Vajrakaya in one scene and even Bahaddur in another. It does not even give you the feel-good deja vu rush but a seen-it-all drudgery.
Perhaps the filmmakers were certain of the box office potential of a film with this combination and refused to take the slightest risk of coming up with a challenging script. The safe bet has resulted in an average film. On the other hand, Bharjari has everything fans expect in a commercial star’s film; dialogues that claim the sun, moon and stars for the hero, pretty girls who dance and swoon for him, 100 kg muscle bags of villains who fly like cotton candy when punched and a background score that makes up for whatever is lacking on screen.
The first half of the film is spent finding a girl to fall in love. A rich girl then falls for this ‘middle class’ boy who has also failed in SSLC. Somehow this guy ‘writes’ an exam to join the Army, eligibility be damned. That is the beauty of commercial films.
The second half of the film is his damsel-in-distress rescue saga. Cliche after cliched scene pass by. All the commercial plot points that were successful in the last few years like uniting estranged feudal families and revelation of a high class birth of an ordinary chap are tucked in.
Dhruva Sarja oozes confidence. But that confidence results in the same kind of dialogue delivery to both the villain and the lady love. If you do not commit the blasphemy of searching for meaning and story in such kind of films, you can well enjoy them for all they are worth. Dhruva is a star and his selection skills will be put to severe test. A Bharjari or two may escape the box office scrutiny as the horizon is still rising. It is time to look for stories that are not aimed only at the opening weekend crowd.