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Bhaag Milkha Bhaag – An Inspirational Entertainer!

Cast:         Farhan Akhtar, Sonam Kapoor, Pawan Malhotra, Divya Dutta

Director:     Rakyesh Om Prakash Mehra

The movie revolves around the life story of Milkha Singh, India’s iconic athlete of the 1960s. The lead role is played by Farhan Akhtar, and he has beautifully brought out the emotional turmoil from Milkha Singh’s turbulent childhood and youth and the undeterred determination to break the world record 400 metres sprint. The title is based on the last words of his father during the India –Pakistan partition.

Farhan Akhtar’s performance is outstanding, coupled with his look – beard, muscles et al! The director has brought out the determination in Milkha Singh so well – you’ll see him draining the sweat off his shirt in a mug during his practice sessions in the army, and into a bucket while he was preparing for the Olympics!

The director has beautifully brought out the innocence in Milkha and Biro’s love (Sonam Kapoor). Particularly amusing scenes were those where he drinks two cans of ghee to get back at the taunts from the local policeman, determination to run the cross country race to get two eggs and one mug of milk for breakfast and no exercise, his “plane bahut uppar hai ji, jameen hi nahi dikh raha, jaroor crash ho jayega.. hum utar rahe hai ji”.

While most of the movie is filled with humour, some moments deeply touch your heart – when he wears his first pair of shoes and blazer, when he defeats the experienced athletes with two wounded legs, Ishri’s tears when she sees her dear ‘Milkhu’ – first in the relief camp in Delhi and then when he arrives home from the army all dressed up in formal suit; his first heartbreak and when he breaks the world record for the fastest 400 meter race.

His nightmare finally ends when he goes to Pakistan to participate in the bi-nation goodwill games after much persuasion from the Prime Minister. His childhood memories are rekindled when he sees his house and meets his childhood friend. The movie ends when he wins the 400 meter sprint without getting disturbed by the shouts “Bhaag Milkha, Bhaag”.

Not to mention the foot tapping numbers composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, which bring life into the movie. The movie is a great watch and if you have not seen it yet, then jaldi bhaago aur dekho (run fast and see)

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