Movie Review: Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013)

Box Office: Super Hit

History is created in several ways. One of them is cinema. And if Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Bhaag Milkha Bhaag seems like a near-flawless homage to the flying spirit of India’s greatest runner, it is partly because the story, so nimbly woven into a pastiche of drama, emotion, humour and pathos by Prasoon Joshi, is in no hurry to keep pace with the onscreen Milkha’s breathless sprint.

The story of super-sprinter Milkha Singh unfolds in this exceptional biopic at its own volition. There’s no effort here “to tell a story”, to create an impression or to whip up a dramatic storm to captivate audiences. The synergy in the storytelling seems subliminal.Still, we the audience, fed week after week on mediocrity masquerading as cinema, are riveted to the story of Milkha Singh for over three hours of playing time.

BHAAG MILKHA BHAAG chronicles the life of Indian sprinter Milkha Singh from his childhood to achieving the iconic standing. The film takes you back in time when Milkha lost his family members during the partition and his rise to the celebrated status without any prescribed guidance or monetary backing. The film also encapsulates his attachment to his sister [Divya Dutta] and the woman he gave his heart to [Sonam Kapoor]. Also depicted in this 3-hour+ film are the conquests, the lows, the rise to splendor and distinction, the skilful attainment…

This isn’t just a film about a sports person who brought untold glory to our country. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is the story of an individual’s journey from nullity to pinnacles of success in a world where politics and violence are constant reminders of how little an individual’s aspirations matter in the larger, often murkier scheme.


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
5.0 “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is the kind of cinema that doesn’t tempt us to share the protagonist’s life with any false hopes.”
DNA India
4.5 “BHAAG MILKHA BHAAG is sure to win accolades, admiration, respect and esteem, besides emerging as a champ.”
Bollywood Hungama
4.5 “You finally have an Indian story you can applaud without apology.”
4.0 “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is a valuable, historic, resonant, gem of a moment in Indian cinema.. this biopic does so much – it informs, inspire and also entertains in its due course.”
4.0 “You will not like this film if in-depth biopics don’t appeal to your taste.”
Times of India
4.0 ” Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is one of those rare films which are hard to forget long after you are done with them.”
4.0 ” Put on your patience caps for three hours, and try it. There’s enough bang for the bucks here.”
Deccan Chronicles
3.5 “The film is a fantastic educational entertainer that deserves a watch.”
News Tribe
3.5 “Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s BHAAG MILKHA BHAAG is brilliant. Just for Farhan Akhtar alone, this film deserves a resounding applause.”
3.5 “A larger than life film, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is a fitting tribute to one of India’s best sportsman.”
3.5 “If you are a patriotic Indian, you will be left teary eyed and your head held high.”
Zee News
3.0 “Farhan Akhtar runs, but the audience gets tired!”
Average Reviews
2.5 “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag does not offer anything new.”
Rediff: Aseem Chhabra
2.5 “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag lacks clarity and coherence.”
Rediff: Sukanya Verma
2.5 “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is an extremely dramatised, glossy version of a biopic which fails to connect owing to its extensive run time and exaggeration.”
2.5 “Go for it only if you trust your endurance threshold.”
NDTV Movies
2.5 “What could have been a fast paced, laced with the pleasant smell of earth-kind of a story, turns into a meandering, indulgently long, and unnecessarily melodramatic in Rakeysh Om Prakash Mehra’s ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag'”
2.5 “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag manages to tell the story of Milkha Singh, as enacted by Farhan Akhtar, while giving us, tiresomely, all the familiar bells and whistles of a Bollywood entertainer with the naach-gaana, and the rona-dhona.”
Indian Express
2.5 “It is also a perfect example of how not to make a sports biopic, and a telling comment on the compulsion of most filmmakers to “Bollywoodise” what starts off as an unusual subject and premise.”
Blog Reuters
Negative Reviews

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