Recently a movie was released titled Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. Many people considers it as a bio pic of Milkha Singh, which it is not. It is inspired from the events happened in the life of the legend runner Milkha Singh, mixed with some entertainment factor and presents and inspirational tale, which is definitely worth watching.
(Read an article where Prasoon Joshi, addresses some misconceptions about the film and its title at: http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-06-19/news-interviews/40069060_1_bhaag-milkha-bhaag-milkha-singh-prasoon-joshi)
|Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
|Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Viacom 18
|Viacom 18 Motion Pictures
|12 July 2013
|Farhan Akhtar (Milkha Singh), Sonam Kapoor (Nirmal Kaur), Meesha Shafi (Perizaad), Yograj Singh (Milkha Singh’s coach), Hikaru Ito (Emperor of Japan), Art Malik (Milkha Singh’s father), Divya Dutta (Isri Kaur), Prakash Raj, Pawan Malhotra, Rebecca Breeds, and others…
What stands out in the film is realistic characterization and fantastic acting. Much is said about Farhaan’s dedication towards his role and amazing transformation of his physique to play an Olympic runner convincingly, so we rather not repeat those words, yes, Farhaan is very convincing and is the life of the Film. Divya Datta is first rate as always. Sonam can show emotions well, if she is good directorial hands. She delivers here, what expected from her. Rest of the cast members played their roles convincingly. And yes, as we know Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra can mix the black and white scenes (usually showing the past) with color scenes (showing the present) very well. We saw that effects in Rang De Basanti where the acts of the young collegians mixed with the action of Freedom fighters. And we see such glimpses here as well. The editing is first rate we must say. And yes, the background music is a positive factor of the movie.
There are songs in the film, which sometimes slows the pace. And yes, it is not the movie made to pump Josh into you, though it does it well, occasionally. In order to provide an inspirational tale, the director starts the film from the Olympic of Rome (which Milkha considers his biggest lost), where by hearing the shouts (made to cheer him up) “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag”, actually lands Milkha in the haunting memories of his own past.
Life of legend athlete Milkha Singh, is definitely an inspiration to all. It is about overcoming your fears and weak points, it is doing something great against all odds. How one can think that a boy, living life of a refugee, whose parents are no more, whose sister is separated from him, who is in wrong companies at earlier age, who performed stealing for living; can achieve such a grand position in athletics? He is definitely a man with the steel in his brain, and a never decreasing belief in his abilities and a fantastic will-power. He is also lucky that he got right guidance at right time. He is also lucky that he show his legendary life got such a nice exposure on celluloid. Otherwise, we are famous for remembering the abilities of the people after his death.
We must appreciate Milkha Singh for not thinking to en-cash the life story of himself. Otherwise, we see that celebrities often give exclusive rights to write their autobiographies or even taking photos (or video coverage) of the important events of their lives, for a remarkable amount of money. Milkha sold his real life tale for Rs. 1 as the token money for the same. He is definitely way taller than those money-hungry fellows, without a doubt.
Making a biopic movie is a challenge, and you cannot take much liberties there. So to make it more impactful, the writer-director duo chose to make a script which is rather inspired by the life of Milkha Singh and present a good entertaining movie based on the same. And movie explores only a certain part of his life, in cinematic manner.
The post title scenes starts from the meeting at prime minister’s place in India, where everyone was excited about the Indo-Pak games arranged in Pakistan. It was giving a hope for better relations between both the countries. Actually it was a single nation which was divided in India and Pakistan in 1947 when united India got independence from British rule. Partition is the biggest price both the countries have paid for the same so far. The authority was worried about Milkha Singh’s disagreement in participating in these games. Hence a personal meeting with Milkha Singh was scheduled. Mr. Wadhva, and Mr. Ranveer Singh were chosen by the PMO to meet Milkha Singh, Ranveer Singh also brought Gurudev Singh with him, as Gurudev Singh is the fellow who is very near to Milkha and he is only one who can convince him (if he can) to participate in the games and visit Pakistan for the same.
En route to Delhi to Chandigarh in the train Gurudev Singh tells the story of Milkha Singh to both the fellows. It brings the events of Milkha’s early days in army training camp on the celluloid. Ah, there is a song here too. One day there was an announcement of running competition was made, and it is informed to the army soldier trainees that the cadets who conquer the place in top 10 will be allowed 1 glass of milk and two eggs as the special diet! Milkha’s journey as a runner (professional – army athlete) starts from here. It then explores the various phases of Milkha’s life as flash backs. Yes, there are flash backs in flash backs too. Rest is better to watch on screen.
Overall a film to which you can spend your time on. It could have been even better, but it is fantastic movie which should not be missed. It will be wonderful experience to visit the events of “The Flying Sikh” – Milkha Singh.