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!
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.
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.
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!