Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is the kind of cinema that doesn't tempt us to share the protagonist's life with any false hopes. We the audience are driven into a desperate urge to share Milkha's life not only because he ran fast, but because he wasn't afraid to stumble, falter and fall.
BHAAG MILKHA BHAAG is sure to win accolades, admiration, respect and esteem, besides emerging as a champ. Reserve the applause for Milkha Singh and the team behind BHAAG MILKHA BHAAG. Give it a standing ovation!
In 1960, India and Pakistan were only 13 years old and the wounds of Partition had yet to heal. But we are living in 2013 and the depiction of the Partition violence in BMB looks dated. We have seen Partition scenes in so many films. And BMB does not offer anything new.
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag pulsates with the storyteller's sheer passion all the way to the finish line. While you are on-the-run, pause to watch this one.
Note: You will not like this film if in-depth biopics don't appeal to your taste.
Director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra takes care with his shots, zooming in and using slow-motion to make a body traveling through a finish line, for example, look like art.
But with such an overlong film, those moments seem diluted. There are triumphs, both in front of and behind the camera, but they often get overshadowed by a story that tries to do too much.