Bhaag Milkha Bhaag: Film Review

Who said success came easy for those who managed to make it to the top of their professions, more so if what you are striving towards is the stuff legends are made of. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is a convincingly-told story of the legendary athlete, Milkha Singh, played by the very talented, multi-faceted, Farhan Akhtar. Spanning over approximately 13 years, the film narrates the story of the man who witnessed much brutality during the Partition and ran only to save his life and thereon faced many hurdles before following the path his life took him onto. An Army personnel and a true sportsperson, his talent was recognized by his seniors in the Army Training Centre he was posted at, which eventually helped him hone his skill enough to win at the various races he ran at competing with athletes of an International fame and consequently breaking records.  

 

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is not just a simply made biopic on Milkha Singh’s life, it is a story about the boy who fled his home-ground to come to an alien land and grow up there learning life’s nuances as they came to him slowly yet surely. Farhan Akhtar proves to be a marvel who you will be in awe of once you’re done watching the film and while you think in retrospect about the narrative you just watched unfold on screen. Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra proves his prowess once again with this film, it is a similar feeling you get like the one that must have come upon you when you watched Rang De Basanti – the difference perhaps, was only that the latter was a film that catered to the youth through the storyline, the execution, the dialogues; on the contrary, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is a story about one man who is known to have flown to glory, yes, ran to glory would be a small word. The film is overwhelmingly nice, not the kind that would need you to have a box of tissues handy, instead the kind that would motivate you enough to atleast take up some sort of sport in order to create a work-life balance. The director’s vision is something you see throughout the film, the flashback sequences and the present-day sequences are blended in so well that the back and forth would confuse you the least. So much love, so much determination that must’ve gone into getting this 187-minute long film together. The only hitch however, was the unnecessary places where the actors suddenly break into a song, despite them being superbly-crafted, foot-tapping numbers created by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. 

All actors look their part, the role they play seems tailor-made for them all, especially Farhan Akhtar’s. More power to the actor, director, producer, singer and so much more. When you see him play a naïve boy turned seasoned star athlete, it would be difficult to fathom that in just about 6 months, this father of two daughters turns 40 years-old. Such is the charisma he exudes playing a real-life character. I especially salute to thee Mr. Akhtar. That said, Sonam Kapoor should really be signed up for films where she needs to do something other than be the hoity-toity makeup-laden girl. In this film, she as a simple village belle looks unbelievable in the approximately 7-minute screen space she shares with Farhan Akhtar. At the same time, British actor, Art Malik was fantastic in his role as Milkha’s father, as much as Jabtej Singh who plays the young Milkha. Divya Dutta, who plays Milkha’s sister has done a decent job, only the melodrama was overdone a bit much. Prakash Raj has also stepped out of his ‘comfort zone’ as the villain in most films of his, since he plays a hard taskmaster as an Armyman in the film training the contingent that Milkha Singh is a part of. However, the second most impressive was Pawan Malhotra as Milkha’s mentor and coach before the latter participated in the Olympics and did the Nation proud.  

What one mustn’t forget is how life is a packaged deal of hits and misses, successes and failures. One major loss in the legend’s case however cost him much of his reputation after the Rome Olympics in 1960. The winners chosen as a result of a photo finish. The portrayal of this life event in the film gave me goosebumps. The sound of the horse’s hooves probably haunted the man for a long time. Of course, he went ahead to be christened as The Flying Sikh when he won the 400m race in Pakistan the same year. The pain and angst showed on the on screen Milkha Singh’s face, the real emotion perhaps was the same or a lot more than what came through to the audience. While many would agree that the film is too long to tease their senses long enough, a gentle reminder, that this is a biopic on a legendary athlete’s life, all it requires a bit of attention for all the diligence put into the making of the film

 To read how Milkha Singh flew to glory, click here.

 

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18 Comments

  1. Roshan

    July 12, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Awsome Movie :-) I like every single frame of the movie screenplay was fantastic..A must watch..Need to have patience..since it is 3 hours movie. But I never felt that it was too long..Alfu alla and Zinda sonngs are very nice.

  2. sandeep

    July 12, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Awesome movie depicting the life of a true legend. Was a bit lenghty though as some of the portions in the first half were dragged, but it kept its momentum. The second half was exceptionally good and entertaining. Overall a must watch.

  3. AYUSH AKS

    July 12, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    😉 NICE MOVIE… REALLY INSPIRING….!!!!! FARHAN IS ACTUALLY BROUGHT MILKHA ON SCREEN… MUS WATCH… SUPERLIKE…

  4. Ashutosh Singh

    July 13, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    You can watch movies and get entertained and then you get the chance to experience “CINEMA” – It can change you, motivate you and definitely can inspire you. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is just not another movie, its a glorious celebration of filmmaking, pain of separation & Joy of patriotism.

    I knew about Flying sikh milkha singh but today i felt proud to know the LEGEND Milkha Singh
    Farhan Akhtar has shown the way to act to many good actors also, specially to mention the “crying scene” in the way to climax of the movie.

    Rakesh Omprakash Mehra – Fantastic direction, in converting a BIOPIC to entertaining CINEMA and that too a meaningful one, beautiful screenplay considering the fact that only 3 locations are used in the entire film.

    and finally Prasoon Joshi Sir, for the awesome lyrics and dialogues !

    4.5 * from my side.

  5. Mohan Amin

    July 13, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Take a bow….Rakesh Omprakash Mehra.

  6. abhishek

    July 13, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    awesome movie…all the very best..all film making guys…must watch..pls

  7. Tarak

    July 13, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    supperb.. farhan & romp.. milkha-sinh is idol..

  8. anshuman

    July 13, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    it was an eyetonic frm start to end 😛

  9. VjMOVIEws

    July 13, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Tagged a biopic by its team, BMB awfully looks like a movie laced with best of the commercial treatments Bollywood garnishes its offerings with to satiate the cravings of masala movie lovers. It is everything but a serious cinema on the life of an unsung Hero, Milkha Singh.

    BMB should outrightly be dismissed as an overly hyped and a well marketed movie. I pity for movies like Paan Singh Tomar which was made at a meager budget Rs. 4 crore (compared to Rs. 30 crore of BMB) and had all the right ingredients for a biopic but couldn’t appeal to masses. Atlast, movies like BMB reassure the fact that we still have a lot more Indian sportsperson(P.T Usha, M.S Dhoni) whose stories are waiting to be told on Celluloid in a much more somber and sincere manner.

  10. affy shaikh

    July 14, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    movie i dnt knw bt this style is not made for farhan akhtar..
    he is looking 333333rd class

  11. affy shaikh

    July 14, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    farhan akhter is looking very very bad in this look….

  12. Naveen

    July 15, 2013 at 10:39 am

    A brilliant movie and a must watch. Take a bow, Farhan Akhtar!!!

  13. Daksh Patel

    July 16, 2013 at 1:21 am

    The immortal life….I have ever read or scene……….superb movie………oskar level movie……

  14. Mohammed Akil Shaikh

    July 16, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    nice movie

  15. Mohammed Akil Shaikh

    July 16, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    nice movie must go to watch it

  16. George Michael

    July 18, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    A must watch movie for all age group..for all Indians. A super work done by the makers and Farhan really portrayed the exact character of the Living legend Milkha Singh!!

  17. jyoti

    July 22, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    A very good movie , with a unique story after so many days . I liked it . Farhan akhtar is so good in his role .

  18. Madhu Mahadevaiah

    September 15, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    I Liked this Movie very much truely Inspirational……………………….

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