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Before Milkha Singh’s race against Pakistan’s champion runner Abdul Khaliq, the Pakistani coach says to Milkha, “yeh aapki zindagi ki aakhri race saabit ho sakti hain,” to which, Milkha replies “daudoonga bhi waise hi.” This is exactly what Farhan Akhtar has done for the film. He has put everything he has got in the film, as if this was the last film he would ever act in. 

Take a bow, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra – for you have created a masterpiece. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag redefines Hindi cinema and makes the audience realize that Hindi cinema is not just limited to item songs, over-the-top melodrama and cheesy dialogues. Our film industry has tons of potention, and the movies releasing this month are proving the same. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, a tribute to the Flying Sikh, is a superbly directed and well-written biopic. Such a film takes a lot of hard work put in not just by the director, but by the entire cast and crew. Farhan Akhtar, who plays the legendary athlete Milkha Singh, plays his part with conviction, making the audiences believe – for the length of the film – that he IS Milkha Singh. After training hard for a year, Farhan was able to achieve the required physique for an athlete. Mehra makes sure that this dedication does not go unnoticed, and has therefore added a lot of wideshots, close-ups of Farhan’s ripped arms, legs and six-pack abs. 

The film holds your attention for the most part, but loses grip a few times after the interval. There are some scenes and a song sequence between Farhan Akhtar and Sonam Kapoor which could have been edited out. Scenes with Farhan Akhtar training for the races have also been dragged out longer than necessary, which in turn slows down the pace of the film. What saves the audience from boredom in the “training scenes” is Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s adrenaline filled music. Tracks like Zinda, sung by Shankar Mahadevan’s son, Siddharth Mahadevan and Maston Ka Jhund, hype up the energy of the film. Meanwhile, tracks like Mera Yaar and Rangrez add a touch of romance to the film. 

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag might be resting on Farhan’s shoulders, but he has a great team of supporting actors who make the film a delight to watch. Actors Divya Dutta, Prakash Raj (plays a no-nonsense military trainer) and Pawan Malhotra (plays Milkha’s coach Gurudev Singh) provide immense support to Farhan and also explore their own acting skills. The film is a handsomely crafted biopic – sure to win a lot of accolades from film fanatics worldwide. Surely, you don’t want to miss this one.      

FILM-O-METER RATING: 4 OUT OF 5