Bhaag Milkha Bhaag movie is based on Milkha Singh’s biography THE RACE OF MY LIFE. The movie explores Milkha Singh ‘s journey as an orphan Pakistani refugee child to his elevation to the position of india’s first Post Independence national hero (other than politicians).
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag begins with a scene, wherein child Milkha sees the killing of his father, mother and other family members. A sight so rattling that Milkha, amidst a voice ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’, starts running frantically. In the next scene you see a muslim boy of the same age as Milkha comforting him with these words: “It was no one’s fault, the situation was to blame”.
Director Rakesh Omprakash Mehra has a way, which literally pauses moments for the audience to feel the dynamics of the moments. This opening scene once again justified the faith many Mehra fans have on him.
The movie is dotted with such memorable moments, allowing the viewer to experience Young Milkha’s relationship with his coach , elder sister, love etc. If put simply, the mix is in juristic proportion.
The movie broadly is about Milkha Singh’s basic revenge seeking trait and how he uses this urge to take revenge in a constructive manner. A retaliation that’s constructive, optimistic. Every time you try to keep him down, he bounces back with vengeance, backed by a strong willpower. The movie brilliantly portrays this attitude, by allowing users to celebrate the Flying Sikh’s superhuman feat of wining 77 races out of 80 he participated in.
Is the Movie similar to Paan Singh Tomar?
The movie promos give an indication to the people that the movie resembles Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Paan Singh Tomar. This may be a wrong perception. The similarity between BMB and PST end at both being movies about athletes. Apart from that there’s no real similarity. And this difference becomes obvious the moment you start watching the movie. How can Paan Singh Tomar, a man disillusioned by the System, compare with Milkha who tried to work within the system? In no time you will realise that Milkha Singh, as portrayed by Farhan Akhtar,is more positive and strong character .
In addition, although audience in movie theatre do find many instances to hoot, clap and whistle all through Bhaag Milkha Bhaag; that’s not due to dialogues or their delivery (with no disrespect to Farhan Akhtar), but by the sheer buoyancy of the moment. Hence, if you go to a theatre expecting Paan Singh Tomar like dialogues “Dakait Hote Hain Parliament mein, Beehad mein Baghi Hote hain” then you will be disappointed. But the disappointment is made up by the brilliant moments to experience.
What stands Out?
The movie promos may have given you some idea, it’s Farhan Akhtar. Akhtar has not only made himself Milkha Singh physique-wise (lost about 10 kilograms for the movie); he has adapted everything, from dialogue delivery, to stance to demeanor, of that of Real Milkha. Whenever he says “aho ji” (in English “yes”) the theatre is abuzz with shouts, claps and whistles.
Apart from Farhan, actor Pawan Malhotra as coach , divya dutta as elder sister and cameo by prakah raj are other reasons for visiting the theatre.
If Sonam kapoor looks best in indian Salwar Kameej, then do watch the movie. Sonam performance is also the reason.
Nice adaption of biography by prasoon joshi . Binod pradhan, the cinematographer has done great work with Cameras and lightings.
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
Inspiring, Motivating, Well made Movie.
The Movie is more than 3 Hours Long. This means that, if you find the movie less than enthralling, then it will be difficult for you to sit that duration.
PS: Milkha Singh Autobiography is releasing next month. Can be preordered Now.