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Farhan Akhtar And Sonam Kapoor in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag Movie Poster
Farhan Akhtar And Sonam Kapoor in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag Movie Poster

Rating: 4/5 stars (Four Stars)

Star cast: Farhan Akhtar, Sonam Kapoor, Divya Dutta, Pavan Malhotra, Yograj Singh, Rebecca Breeds

Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra

What’s Good: From story, to acting, to screenplay, to direction; this one indeed is picture perfect!

What’s Bad: Even if there was something, it was quite easy to miss those glitches!

Loo break: That would be a terrible mistake!

Watch or Not?: Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is one of those rare films which are hard to forget long after you are done with them. This Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra biopic based on the magnetic life of athlete Milkha Singh, is all about pluses that champions the spirit of human living! Watch it for Farhan Akhtar who impeccably replicates the soul of Milkha Singh and leaves you with goosebumps!

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The film is a story of Flying Sikh, Milkha Singh and his journey from his run for a glass of milk to becoming India’s pride on international athletic platforms. Tainted with battered past, bruised with horrific memories of Partition and later petty crime, his lady love helped him get focus in life. The evolution of an urchin boy to the man who won laurels for his nation will have you awestruck! Travel through the life of one of India’s most notable sports figures and get inspired to take the plunge for life’s run more seriously than ever.

Sonam Kapoor And Farhan Akhtar in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag Movie Stills
Sonam Kapoor And Farhan Akhtar in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag Movie Stills

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag Review: Script Analysis

The film is an intelligently disguised story of a man whom history cannot faze out easily. Milkha Singh’s life story has the right ingredients for a clever biopic which Prasoon Joshi and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra have executed with delectable imagination. At no point does the film scatter in terms of story or intention, steering close to the relevant facts. Mehra rightfully reuses his Rang De Basanti style of narration which works to enhance the film’s tempo by absorbing your attention into it even more.

The story’s melodrama is restricted, keeping the dramatic bits plain. It is painful to see the Partition sequences of the story which have been carried out remarkably. In a particular sequence, where the young Milkha Singh slips on a puddle of blood after his entire ‘pind’ has been wiped off is the most fearsome portrayal of wretchedness! The story’s tainted scenes weave the haunting air fantastically and yet the cherishable moments maintain the story’s sheen. A couple of scenes are beyond the dimensions of cinematic marvel and ooze innocence wrapped in simplistic story telling!

From the glee of getting his first India blazer to when he loses the qualifying match in Melbourne to when he breaks down crying the pent up tears of years , the story’s terrain is smartly packed with judicious amounts of highs and lows, making the film’s recipe flawless.

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag Review: Star Performances

Farhan Akhtar has immersed in himself the soul of Milkha Singh. Giving the best work of his career, he is resplendent as Milkha Singh. He brings out Milkha’s vulnerability with charm and his passion with force. There is comfortable and effortless energy Farhan infuses in his role which makes me sure no one could have played it better than him. The actor will impress you with the work he has done on his physique. He has drawn a believable, grounded and exemplary picture of a man whose story people are less fluent with. With this unblemished portrayal, Farhan will astound you!

Sonam Kapoor has a lovely tinge in her little role in her limited screen time, she will flatter you enough that you actually feel bad that Milkha and Biro eventually part ways!

Divya Dutta plays Farhan’s older sister spotlessly well. A pillar of support and maternal love, she plays helplessness with command. A victim of domestic violence and marital rape, she paints the hues of her character commendably.

Pavan Malhotra shines through every scene with a first rate work and amazes you with his easy confidence.

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag Review: Direction, Music & Technical Aspects

After Delhi 6, Mehra faced a stark low and with Bhaag Milkha Bhaag he makes up as he has easily surpassed the high of Rang De Basanti too. His homage to the forgotten hero is an epic, with him caressing every detail with research and fondling every emotion through the film’s journey with tenderness. His storytelling still has the sparkling vision and his style has the ability to keep you latched to the screens.

The story’s strength is in its reality and Prasoon Joshi has ensured that the screenplay rightfully fits in every bit coherently. The editing is so lucid that the 3 hour plus runtime isn’t tedious at any point. Joshi-Mehra with their skilled craftsmanship has weaved a tapestry of sheer compelling genius out of the life of a celebrated yesteryear sports personality!

The background score by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy in wonderful and O Rangrezz croons with beauty!

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag Review: The Last Word

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag will have you captivated with its grit and enigma. Made with panache, it’s hard to take your eyes off Farhan Akhtar, who enriches Milkha Singh as a surreal charismatic figure beyond the realms of flesh and blood! I am going with a 4/5 and applause for the film’s team. This one is so moving and scintillating that such films are a reward to the audiences for bearing through the fiascoes!

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag Trailer

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag released on 12th July, 2013.

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26 COMMENTS

  1. melodramatic movie , i myself a marathon runner for last 8 years , MAIN FLAW IN THIS MOVIE …ask body built shown in movie for farhan , is totally wrong , only 100 m, 110 m can have such bodies …milha singh was 400 m runner , he can not have such built up …main flaw , story is melodramatic hard to believe , so much masala put into it , i prefer to watch pan singh tomar again than BMB ,

    • agree with you. farhan has over-done it. neither sprinters have such physique. that’s the main flaw. but you have to accept that farhan is an good actor.

  2. But still Farhan fails to show emotions on his face and his acting is bland. You might disagree with me but it’s a fact. He is a brilliant director, producer but his acting is terrible.

    • yaa i agree with u completely..though haven’t saw the movie yet….but in the promos farhaan looked like milkha singh unless he spoke…..the moment he spoke we were watching farhaan and not milkha…no way near to milkha’s punjabi accent

  3. I Kept my figure crossed and curious of the result and now at peace that movie turned out the way I perceived

  4. A different and a good movie after a long time.Was a treat to watch.We need more movies like BMB,BARFI,BLACK,GUZAARISH this instead of crap like DABANG 1/2,ETT,YJHD and all those masala laden craps with no meaning.

    Bottom line,In a country where a movie like “The Dirty Picture” gets a National Award,it clearly shows the sorry state of Bollywood and the jury and the people who voted for it.India chale bhagwan bharose………

    • v true sandy,movies like BMB,BLACK,GUZAARISH make us proud.If movies like “the dirty picture” gets National award,then i think “KAMASUTRA” should get National award too——-mera bharat mahaan,100 mein se 99 beimaan

  5. It is one of the best films.It is a lengthy movie but tolerable and for the whole family.Farhan and Malhotra are top class.As a new comer Yograj is okay.Divya is fine.

  6. Oh my god . . This is rakesh om prakarsh mehra’s work with one of my favorate actor farhan . I was a big fan of rakesh from his very first movie. Fantastic movie.

  7. When a triumphant life is showed by a graceful work on the big screen, it leaves a spark on the audiences. Even though BMB is lengthy, it creates a powerful movie experience for its audience!! I give it 3 and a half stars!! Great movie with a Grand Salute!!!!

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