Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is already touted to be one of the most-awaited movies of the year because of many reasons, and thus, expectations were quite high from it. At first, the film is inspired by true life incidents and is an official biopic of the legendary athlete Milkha Singh, who is also better known as The Flying Sikh. Secondly, it is directed by the Rang De Basanti fame director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, and lastly the leading versatile actor, Farhan Akhtar, who is enacting the character of Milkha Singh. Apart from these three major reasons, there were many other small ones, which is enough to bring the audience in the theatre. Let us see how well the makers have fulfilled these massive expectations of the mango people.
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is the entire real-life story of the living-legend athlete Milkha Singh, summarized in a 3+ hour film. It narrates the life of the Indian sprinter from his childhood to finally conquering the coveted title of 'The Flying Sikh'. The film takes the viewers back and forth in time when Milkha Singh lost his family members during the partition of India and Pakistan, and his rise to the renowned status without any prearranged direction or financial backing.
The film also tells us his attachment towards his sister (Divya Dutta), and the woman he was in love with (Sonam Kapoor), along with the small-time affair with the Australian beauty (Rebecca Breeds) (because of which he was losing his focus). Also depicted in this a bit prolonged film are the highs, the lows, the fighting spirit, and eventually the skilful achievement of Milkha Singh.
Screenplay & Direction
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag was although not focussed only on his course to become The Flying Sikh, but was mainly focussed to show his overall life, which includes all the aspects, and is being summarized into a feature film. So if one would expect that they would watch some inspiring movie about a common man and how he succeeded in becoming a champion runner, then they would be a bit disappointed. As the movie is a true biopic, and has covered and balanced every sector of the champion's life, whether it would be his personal life or professional life.
Well, no matter what the movie is majorly focussed on, but the writer Prasoon Joshi and the director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra has created a 'Masterpiece'. Each and every scene is a worth watch, and makes you to give the deepest respect to one of our lost hero in today's modern world, Milkha Singh. Both writer and the director covered the relevant episodes from the icon's life, and has present a movie that makes you salute to the sportsperson, along with emerging out the spirit of nationalism among Indians.
The screenplay is so powerful that it not only inspires the youth, but also doesn't limit to a mere sports-based film, and showcase the viewers to a much beyond that. The overall script just engages you from the first frame to the last frame. Moreover, the direction and storytelling of Mehra is beyond perfect, and had presented a true autobiographical biopic to the masses. There are number of sequences which successfully gives you inspiration, motivation, goosebumps, make your eyes wet, and so on, but most of all, one's heart will automatically salute the living-legend.
Music and Other Technicalities
Composer Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy has created one of the fabulous situational outing tracks here. Apart from a couple of melodious and foot-tapping music, rest of the numbers simply makes a heavy impact on the storyline, and thus leaves a great impression among audiences. The title track and Zinda song leaves a good space in your mind even after finishing with the movie.
Background score is electrifying. Cinematography is first-rate and matches some international standards. It lifts up the film to an altogether different level. Dialogues were impressive, and Editing was quite good. Rest of the technicalities had supported well.
If 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag' is a worth watching, then the prime credit goes to none other than the lead actor, Farhan Akhtar, who played the iconic role of Milkha Singh. Right from his chiselled physique to the every body language, from his dialogue deliveries to his stupendous performance, Farhan just excels in each every aspect. He helps to motivate people in the form of Milkha, that to become more passionate towards your passion and dream, and to thrive success for it with sheer hard-work and dedication. This should be one of the most memorable performances in entire Farhan's acting life-span.
Sonam Kapoor although comes in a very short and cameo role, but holds her presence. Pawan Malhotra as Milkha Singh's ultimate senior, coach and mentor was although good, but his character has been beautifully sketched out. The makers had make it to the point that whatever Milkha Singh has achieved so far, is everything because and belongs to his mentor, as he thoroughly believed in him throughout.
Cricketer Yuvraj Singh's actor-father Yograj Singh delivers an incredible performance as Farhan's Indian coach. Prakash Raj is good in his short role. Australian actress Rebecca Breeds looks hot and has an important role in the movie. Her chemistry with Farhan was wonderful. Divya Dutta truly projected as Milkha's beloved sister. She was extremely outstanding and handles her part with top-notch.
British actor Art Malik as Milkha's father, Dalip Tahil as Indian Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, K.K. Raina as Mr Wadhwa and an associate of PM, actor Nawab Shah as Coach Javed, Pakistani actress Meesha Shafi as an International Swimming Champion Perizaad, Dev Gill as Pakistani runner champ Abdul Khaliq, Shanta Kumar as General Ayub Khan, and others had supported very well in their respective roles. Not to forget, Master Jabtej Singh as the young Milkha Singh was simply superb, amazing and very much-impressive.
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is not only just an inspiration or an entertaining movie, but much beyond than that. It's a true tribute to the living-legend runner Milkha Singh.
Although the film has a very small and few setbacks if you had some very high expectations, but eventually it wipes out when you watch the climax and leave the theatre hall.
The film earns great respect and admiration towards the champion, and motivates the youth to work towards their goal, ambition and passion in life. It tells you what to do, and what not to do. On the whole, don't just walk, run in to watch this epic and masterpiece movie!