Bhag Milkha Bhag Movie Review, Story
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag: The race of entertainment
Review by Samir Jagot, English Adaptation : Jigisha Dave
Who doesn’t love winning ? Especially when our nation wins, we all feel proud and happy. This very emotion has been encashed by filmmakers too and we have seen the grand successes like ‘Jo Jita Vohi Sikandar’, ‘Lagaan’ and ‘Chak De India’. Now Rakeysh Mehra has also joined the said league and given us the entertaining ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’. Rakeysh Mehra, who started his career as a salesman Eureka Forbes wen on to establish his own production house and directed commercials of many big brands. He started his film career with ‘Aks’ and he got himself established as the ace directed with his very next film ‘Rang De Basanti’. RDB won many awards including the prestigious National award. His ‘Delhi 6′ was highly acclaimed by critics but didn’t do well at the box office. Now I can say he is back with ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’, very well directed and very nicely handled subject. You can not expect short durations from Rakeysh, hence this film is also a marathon of 3 hours and 9 minute, which drags a bit in the second half but still you won’t feel the direction is bad through out the film.
Rakeysh Mehra’s first statement about the film was, “It took me 2 years to write this film. Prasoon Joshi has written script, screenplay and dialogues but I spent many sleepless nights in placing the right actor who can play Milkha’s role.” The sleepless nights has indeed given us the perfect actor, you just can not imagine anyone else in Farhaan’s place as Milkha Singh. Farhaan’s hard work for the film was always a topic in media. He has not used any double for the film. He has spent hours in the gym, which is quite visible in the film from his well built physique in the film. Farhaan also said, “I changed my style of running. I had to increase my stamina. Whatever we did was always for the betterment of the film.” Agreed, Farhaan has also done mono acting in the film. Sonam Kapoor didn’t have much scope but her name has started been associated with superhits lately. The grapevine says Sonam signed the film in just Rs. 11/-. Along with Sonam there are two other leading ladies. Rebecca Breeds, who is a successful model and leading TV artist. She has played her small part in the film perfectly. Apart from Rebecca there is Meesha Shafi, who is a known singer and talented actress. There are many characters in the movie and all have given their best, but Rakeysh’s favourite Divya Dutta’s character is class apart. She has been given many emotional scenes in the film and it is said she has not used glycerin for any of them. Another such memorable role is plyaed by Hikaru. Prakash Raj the known villian has also done well in the positive role of a Military Coach. There is nothing left to say about Prakash’s acting, same way I can say about Pavan Malhotra. I have worked with Pavan and I know he plays any given role to his utmost best. Yograj Singh plays Farhaan’s coach in the film. Former cricketer Yograj has always been inclined to cinema and has done many film since he joined the industry in 1983. Art Milk plays Milkha’s father in the film. Art is a director as well as stage artist and hence very active in films.
The film is based in 60′s hence to represent that era Art Director’s job becomes very tough. However here the Art Director has done full justice to the era and not used any property which could have been avoided. The only weak point I found was access footage given to Milkha’s mental and physical preparations. There were many repetitions of one particular scene, where Milkha fills up tubs from his sweat. Music is given by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. Songs are nice and hummable. There was a controversy about a song which has words ‘Havan Karenge’, but it was sorted later. Rakeysh claimed this film as bio epic but Prasoon declined the statement and explained in media that it’s just an inspiration, many changes have been made to make the film entertaining and the main object is to spread awareness for sports among the viewers. Along with such statements Prasoon has given good dialogues also in the film too.
I wish the film could have been more 30 minute shorter, but still worth watching. Inspite of the long duration it deserves 3.5 stars, do catch Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.