Saturday, July 13, 2013

Movie Review: Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

Directed & Produced by Rakyesh Om Prakash Mehra
Writer & Lyricist Prasoon Joshi
Farhan Akhtar as Milkha Singh
Master Jabtej as Young Milkha Singh
Pawan Malhotra as Coach Gurudev Singh
Sonam Kapoor as Biro
Divya Dutta as Isri Kaur

Hard work and dedication...kudos to Farhan Akhtar! India is such a big country...there must be many more such success stories...go bollywood! Go grab those stories and bring them on the big have finally learnt how to make great biopics! Bhaag Milkha is overindulgent...and bit too long at times, for its own good...nevertheless...a must watch!

Well...the movie as such belongs to only one man...but i will briefly cover a couple others who follow close behind the main man in terms of performance!
Pawan Malhotra as Coach Gurudev.... An actor who fills his character with emotions and expressions! You see his pride towards his disciple in his eyes, in his dialogue delivery and in his body language! What a performance!
Master Jabtej as chota Milkha. A talented kid who perfectly depicts the mischief and the anger that Milkhas initially happy and then traumatic childhood yields! You feel for the young Milkha thanks to this young natural actor.
Divya Dutta as Isri Kaur...Milkha's emotional and suppressed sister. Although maybe a little melodramatic at times, but nevertheless Divya Dutta conveys the emotions and the magnitude of her emotions beautifully!
The physique says it loud and clear..
Farhan means real business!
And finally...Farhan Akhtar! What can one say? What can you say! Oh boy...would it suffice to
say...Aamir Khan...beware....there is a perfectionist in town who is younger (although relatively!) and not half as good looking and yet may give you a good run for your money! Those strong shoulders not only help Milkha run fast and do the bhangra gracefully, but are also the ones on which this whole movie lies! Brilliant brilliant brilliant!

Shankar Ehsaan Loy and Prasoon Joshi....effective. A soundtrack that meets the requirements of the story and genre of movie. A special mention for the title track (both versions...arif lohar's and the siddharth maahdevan's rock version) which is energetic and perfect to inspire any Milkha to get up and run! Also Mera Yaar...beautifully composed and written, ditto for O Rangrezz.
As for background, SEL as usual churn out their best work for Farhan Akhtar.

A movie true to its genre. The opening sequence is mesmerizing...the training sequences are off the hook...hats off to Rakyesh Mehra. The movie scores 10 on 10 in the technical boxes. The camera work, the editing, the whole production design! As for execution, Rakyesh does an equally competent job...the only flaw being his and perhaps prasoon joshi's over indulgence in their own creation. The movie could have easily done with 25 minutes shorter runtime. The extra length slows down the pace (which is ironic for a movie titled bhaag milkha bhaag) and also tires you in parts. But the movie truly belongs to Farhan Akhtar's stellar performance and effort!

I rate the movie 4 out of 5. No man or actor could look more his role or more expressive while just running on a race track than Farhan...a salute to his effort. Fly Farhan Fly! One more feather in Rakyesh Om Prakash Mehra's hat...although...I must add...we still await for another Rang De Basanti from you Mr. Mehra!