Jul 28, 2013

Movie: Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag' is an inspirational biopic, produced and directed by one of the bollywood's finest directors, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. Prasoon Joshi's carefully written script does take the story and the emotions deep into you. 

Milkha Singh, India's most successful athlete in the track and field events, needs no introduction. An Olympian he is, a proud one indeed. Being the best Indian runner among his contemporaries, he has been inspiring the generations in choosing their run. His achievements and glory are truly out of hard work and commitment. For any champion, its important that he or she must set targets. In the history, the targets have defined the champions. The target that Milkha Singh had set for himself was to break the world record in 400 m run, who later successfully changed it down. Changing records isn't that easy and if there is any doubt about it in any corner of anyone's mind, the way this film depicts Milkha Singh's punishing workout and practice, waves off the same. 

For all of us as an audience his runs, records, wins and glory are important things to look at. Not just that, they give us enough inspiration to strive for the best in the work we do, whatever the field it may be. But for the director, and if I'm not wrong, for Mr. Milkha Singh himself, running the movie around his 1960 Olympics loss was important. For director it's for keeping his audience to their seats and for Milkha Singh, it's to let the world know him, his past and his pain from his personal life. All in all, it was a good move and brave attempt by the director. 

For the stereo types of Indian cinema to get through the audience, either you must show the hero's win at the end if it's a fiction. And if at all you want to show the hero's defeat, you must dare to do an according biopic or at least you must attach a tag saying that the film is based on real incidents. Unless you do that you are not accepted to show a hero's defeat. This movie revolves around the hero's biggest losses of his career, perhaps of his life. I really hope the reason for the defeat shown was not a typical cinema stunt. Well, none of us know it. Better believe that it was not fake. 

After watching the movie I thought the movie wandered around his Olympic defeat leaving out all of his greatest achievements. But later, once it got sink in, I realized the importance of looking at the movie with winner's eyes. It depicts the making of a champion, an all time great runner of India. 

If a movie can bring stardom to an artist, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is one such movie for Farhan Akhtar. If he was not considered in star's list earlier to this film, it was the last time to happen. What a man! What an artist he is! and what a runner as well. Farhan has done an unexpectedly great job as Milkha Singh. You can easily understand his efforts that he put in to make himself appearing as India's finest athlete ever lived. He did not act as a runner, he actually ran. And the best part is that you can actually sense it. 

I'm damn sure, Farhan Akhtar will be one of the best competitors for all award races this year. I hope he will win plenty. Well done Farhan and all the best. Also, I will support Divya Dutta for a best performance in a supporting actress' role.

Being a basic follower of sports, I'd been dying to watch this biopic. After watching it, my desire to watch many of such biopics of sports men and women is increased. As the next one is already on the sets, i.e. the movie based on Marry Kom's life, my best wishes are with the team of the film and Priyanka Chopra, a versatile actress among her contemporaries, who is playing the leading lady role.

Hope India cinema will continue to honor our legends through many more biopics. 

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