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“Rang De Basanti”, “The Legend Of Bhagat Singh” & “3 Idiots”
Every legend has a great story behind it. This biographical film is based on the life of Milkha Singh, who was nicknamed "Flying Sikh" during his time as the world's champion runner. "Bhaag Milkha Bhaag" (translated in English as "Run Milkha Run") was exactly the same words uttered by Milkha's real father and also his coach (at the start of the film) that eventually changed Milkha's life to achieve greatness in his field.
The film tells the story and struggles of Milkha Singh through his journey from being a small time thief with his friends to joining the Indian army, before selected to represent his country as "Flying Sikh". Against all odds, Milkha Singh's records were so extraordinary that to this day, no other Indian has surpassed his achievements.
Farhan Akhtar, who is always experimenting with other genres, definitely excels in this film. Not only does he have impressive abs, his performance is inspirational as well. Farhan Akhtar has really has evolved as actor and one can see his sincerity in portraying the character. The film belongs to him and he proves himself worthy of the iconic role. Sonam Kapoor, who makes a special appearance, is nicely cast while Divya Dutta is exceptional in a poignant role. Pakistani actress, model and singer Meesha Shafi makes her Bollywood debut together with Australian actress Rebecca Breeds.
A biopic is never easy to make but Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's portrait of India's most venerated athlete captures the indomitable spirit of a man whose life was marred by tragedy, which ultimately propelled him to personal glory. The director gives more than the story of the legend as an athlete. The first half is good, with the pace slowing down in the middle and picking up towards the second half to the end. The film is over three hours but with Farhan Akhtar's iconic performance and great directing, one would forgive the draggy length of the film.
The soundtrack is mixture of classic Indian Bollywood, Punjabi beats and rock music. Shankar-Ehsan-Loy has done it again with superb set of songs. The unconventional approach to each song will be appreciated by audience. Cinematography-wise, the film presented the 1960's era of India, Australia and Italy well.
Overall, the story of Milkha Singh is so evocative that it is impossible not to be moved by the extraordinary events and accomplishments of his life. In this fast-paced life which one is always on-the-run, one should pause to watch this film. With great reviews even from Bollywood A-list actors praising the acting, story and the film, "Bhaag Milkha Bhaag" is easily one of the best mainstream films to come out of Bollywood in 2013 and it will surely win many accolades in next year's awards ceremony.Cinema Online, 15 July 2013