Bhaag Milkha Bhaag- The biopic on one of the finest athlete the nation has produced
A movie fit for being the finest.
Rakesh Omprakash Mehra has done his best in the director’s garb. Penned by Prasoon Joshi, the script has caught on the intricacies of the Indo-Pak relations and the problems that happened during the partition.
The movie has Farhan Akthar at the helm to blow life into Milkha Singh’s forgotten glory. Akthar deserves applause as he portrays on screen, his career best performance. At times, Farhan seemed off note and expressionless. But taking into consideration, the acting prowess and dedication this person portrayed, it is definitely not a let down.
The female lead Sonam Kapoor, who has nothing to do except smile throughout her screen presence, was a let down as compared to her previous performance in Raanjhanaa. Divya Dutta, who was seen as Isri Kaur, Milkha’s sister was throughout seen with her brotherly affection. Commendable act indeed.
Pawan Malhotra as coach and mentor, Gurudev Singh aided by Prakash Raj and Yograj Singh have done justice to their roles.
Meaty performances by Rebecca Breeds and Meesha Shafi as Stella and Perizad respectively was good and steaming on screen but the question remains, was the obsession towards showing skin and more skin needed in depicting the life of a personality.
The 187 minute run time of the movie was not quite long as it could have been. The extended duration was well justified with excellent scripting, BGM and lots of visual treats to feast the eyes on.
Music by Shankar Ehsan Loy was as usual a treat for the ears.
Verdict: Rating- ***1/2
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is definitely a must watch- keeping in mind the glorious sporting years we had.
Milkha shall keep on running for the medallion that the hearts have bestowed on him already.