Bhaag Milkha Bhaag ~ Review

Farhan Akthar becomes Milkha Singh in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. Our Bollywood film reviewer, Faisal Saif provides the low-down on the story, performances, direction and music. Find out if it is one to watch or give a miss.

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Over the last few years, we have witnessed many biographical films on several personalities. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is another sports film on former Indian athlete Milkha Singh.

The film has been brought up by the same team (Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Prasoon Joshi) who gave us Rang De Basanti (2006). Rang De Basanti was also a semi-biographical film of Shaheed Bhagat Singh.

Farhan Akhtar

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag follows the story of Milkha Singh (played by Farhan Akhtar) and his entire journey from his childhood to Olympic success. Milkha Singh loses his family during the riots of Partition which was of course the scariest phase of our country.

The last words Milkha’s father said to him were “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag”. The film is about relations, courage and the human spirit. The film also talks about Milkha Singh’s never-ending love for Nirmal Kaur (played by Sonam Kapoor).

The film depicts the Flying Sikh’s journey from the road of hurdles to success.

[easyreview title=”BHAAG MILKHA BHAAG” cat1title=”Story” cat1detail=”The film is a biography and the story of the film is good, but it’s too long.” cat1rating=”3.5″ cat2title=”Performances” cat2detail=”The film has some wonderful performances by Farhan Akhtar and other cast, excluding Meesha Shafi.” cat2rating=”4″ cat3title=”Direction” cat3detail=”Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s direction is very good, but the duration of the film is too long.” cat3rating=”4″ cat4title=”Production” cat4detail=”The camera work and production values are amazing. The editing part is little weak though.” cat4rating=”3.5″ cat5title=”Music” cat5detail=”The background music of the film is good and goes with the flow of the film.” cat5rating=”3.5″ summary=’Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is a fantastic educational entertainer. Review Scores by Faisal Saif’]

Farhan Akhtar plays the part of Milkha Singh, and he has given his best shot to date as far the performance is concerned. The actor takes up the challenging opportunity of portraying the most demanding role of his career with lots of effort.

Sonam Kapoor is equally good and performs her part in full comfort zone. Pawan Malhotra as Milkha’s tutor is extraordinary.

Prakash Raj as the coach is simply superb. Divya Dutta as Milkha’s sister is powerful. Dalip Tahil is a surprise as Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.

The only bad actor we have in this film is Meesha Shafi as Perizaad. She literally hams in her scenes. On the other hand, Australian actress Rebecca Breeds is wonderful.

As I have already pointed out, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra along with Prasoon Joshi brings a film which is a biography. The film is also a good educational entertainer.

But the only hitch according to me is the film’s duration. There are some unwanted scenes in the film which make the narrative too long.

The cinematography by Binod Pradhan is striking and marvellous which gives an international feel. The editing is good but needed some more effort. The production value is good at the same time.

The film has wonderful a background score that keeps you hooked to the screenplay. The songs however are not that good nor what you expect Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra films to be.

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is a wonderful effort and there is no doubt about it. But the long duration may stand out as an enemy for the film. The film is a fantastic educational entertainer that deserves a watch.

Faisal Saif is our Bollywood film reviewer and Journalist from B-Town. He has huge passion for everything Bollywood and adores its magic on and off screen. His motto is to "Stand unique and tell Bollywood Stories in a Different Way."

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