One of the prime most reasons why images of Bhaag Milkha Bhaag are still streaming vividly in head, is because Farhan Akhtar imbibed the spirit of Milkha Singh with such caliber that  you are almost compelled to take a bow for his bravura work. I won’t deny that when I first heard him trying a hand at acting, my initial stance was judgmental. I was quick to decide that he will be shabby at it. Being an ardent fan of Dil Chahta Hai and persistently standing by my belief that Lakshya was another gem of a film, I firmly believed his stronghold was direction. The man’s sense of cinema was so dynamic that with his debut film itself, he proved himself true to his pedigree and kicked off a newer wave of cinema altogether which changed the face of Bollywood henceforth!

Farhan Akhtar
Farhan Akhtar


He took it forward with Don triggering off a season of remakes which has sustained even today. To his credit, his film was stylish tribute to the yesteryear classic film. In terms of story or execution, the film could have done better but Farhan’s style ensured it to be a hit.

I wasn’t sure if he could sing either! But Rock On changed it all for his fans as well as him. We are generally averse to the idea of multitasking, quick to assume that it is negatively proportional to quality! With Farhan, it was a booster. Every step enhanced his work, especially acting. Each role was better than the last, and with Bhaag Milkha Bhaag he reached his hilt.

I cannot get over the romantic ballad ‘Tum Ho Toh’ even today. Nothing can beat spending a lazy Sunday with popcorn watching Dil Chahta Hai again and again. And with Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, there is a man whose acting is just unmatchable in terms of energy and confidence!

In his debut film itself, his confidence and energy was hard to miss. Shifting from behind the camera to in front of it was a transition he executed with ease. His understanding to films remains unchallenged and that is what translated on celluloid. With Zindagi Naa Milegi Dobaara, he showed his affinity towards humor and yet remaining poignant at every scene.

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag demonstrated his command over acting way better than ever before! There is magic he brings into the charisma of Milkha Singh and with critics acclaiming him he was finally won as an actor too.

Farhan isn’t merely another actor, he is also a superior director, an ace singer. People crib mastering one art, and here is the superhero who has flawless command over three. The reason why I thought no one could have played Milkha better, was because Farhan knew the soul of Milkha better than anyone. He has been a champion in his career so far despite hurdles and yet through it all he has raced ahead of all, triumphant!

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