A small review of the movie "Bhaag Milkha Bhaag"
Written By: Prasoon Joshi
Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
"Bhaag Milkha Bhaag" is a kind of biographical movie on Milkha Singh, aka "The flying sikh", star athlete of 1950's and 1960's
The pre-release buzz around the movie and especially the music of the movie was promising.
The movie delivers on some parameters, but it is not the best according to standards the director had set with his debut movie "Rang De Basanti".
Talking about the lead actor Farhan Akhtar, this man has given his heart out for the role, never in the movie can you point out that he is out of track. Milkha Singh is jolly, carefree, rustic, innocent but a very stubborn personality, especially for his passion, running.
I was initially very sceptical, whether Farhan would be able to do justice with the role, as the role required a strong personality, i.e of a punjabi army man, who has gone through the trauma of partition.
I was actually interested to see how Farhan manages to voice his character as we know he does not have a strong voice as Amitabh bachchan or Sanjay Dutt..
I was satisfied with his dialogue delivery though and his punjabi was very punjabi..:P
He very well transited from a very urban, cool guy in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara to very desi Milkha Singh.
So, if you are a Farhan Akhtar fan, it is for you and if you are not, you will become his fan..:P
Sonam Kapoor has a very unexpectedly, brief role, she plays that pretty decently though.
Divya Dutta, who played role of Milkha Singh's older sister, is good and in to the character.
Pavan Malhotra also plays a decent role as Milkha's coach.
Shankar-Ehsan-Loy has given great music, it matches the situation and the mood of the audience.
The cinematography is superb, the running sequences are riveting. The screenplay or rather story telling is a shortcoming, if there is need to point out one.
There are simply too many flashbacks, the director is known for this, this obstructs the flow of the story and the connection with the emotions. In such a inspiring and emotionally charged movie, you need to keep audience engaged.
The sequences of partition period were very moving and had an impact.
The movie was long, you might feel a little low on interest, but thankfully those moments were rare.
Overall, they succeeded in making a good inspiring movie, but they failed to produce an epic.
It is still worth a watch..:)