It was almost seven years go that a film instigated a campaign against one of India’s most popular criminal cases. The Jessica Lall Murder Case found its impetus from Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Rang De Basanti and finally justice was delivered to the deceased. The entire nation celebrated this victory as the lesser known director became a prominent youth icon. Today, as Rakyesh Omprakash Mehra celebrates his 50th Birthday and gears up for the release of his next film Bhaag Milkha Bhaag , Koimoi follows his illustrious journey as a director.
His career is a mixed bag of highs and lows. Beginning off his career with Amitabh Bachchan starrer Aks in 2001, the film despite being a flop at the box office with an earning 6.50 crores is one Bachchan’s most infallible performances. The film’s supernatural aura works in its favor.
His next film Rang De Basanti doesn’t need an introduction. Emerging as cult film, this one jerked up the whole nation alive against the social evils. Declared a hit at the box-office with a lifetime income of 50 crores, it is Aamir Khan’s performance as DJ which remains a character hard to forget!
With Delhi 6, Mehra struck a low. The film flopped at the box office with a total collection of 31.35 crores. The film’s premise and visionwere both noble however that could transform the film into a beauty. Though Abhishek Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor were both wonderful in the film, the flawed film just failed to attain the high it should have.
Now, 4 years later, Mehra is back with a biopic on one of India’s most legendary characters- the athlete Milkha Singh. As Farhan Akhtar steps into the shows of the man with an unmatchable persona, it will be the director’s caliber to translate the man’s colossal stature and magnanimity on screen.
Farhan Akhtar’s confidence on playing Milkha Singh is brimming but it is a long way before it is established whether the film will revive the fate of Rang De Basanti or will lose itself in the plethora of films that fail to leave by a strong impression.
Here’s Team Koimoi wishing Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra our best wishes on his Birthday and his upcoming film.