Considering it spans more than 70 years of storytelling, would Salman Khanâs Eid release Bharat be the lengthiest film of his career? Apparently not. Director Ali Abbas Zafar informs that that the filmâs running time is approximately two hours 35 minutes. This is relatively shorter than Salmanâs Sultan which was two hours and 50 minutes long and Bajrangi Bhaijaan which clocked at two hours 43 minutes.
A concerted effort has been made to keep the length in check this time. Trade insiders say lengthy films stand a greater risk of being rejected.
Says Bihar exhibitor Kishan Damani, âAudiences donât have the patience to sit through a film which is three hours long. No matter how much story there is to tell, it has to be condensed to keep audiencesâ attention. Some of Salmanâs recent films were long. Itâs good that Bharat is not that lengthy. It means more shows in every theatre this Eid.â
Every Eid release of Salmanâs from 2008 onwards has been a major hit, except for the last two years which saw Tubelight on Eid 2017 andÂ Race 3 in 2018 falling on their face. Itâs therefore imperative for Salman to score a hit with Bharat and reclaim his Eid slot as his own. A hat-trick of Eid flops would spell trouble for his career.