Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Rakyesh Om Prakash Mehra's biopic of Milkha Singh, swept all the prestigious awards at 9th Renault Star Guild Awards. The well crafted movie fetched eight awards, including best actor and best film. Farhan Akhtar won the award for Best Actor for his spell binding performance as Milkha Singh who won an Olympic medal for India after a lot of hardships in personal life.
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag fetched the Best Story award for its writer, Prasoon Joshi who debuted as a screen writer through this film. The film, which reminds you of the painstaking research the makers did for it, was one of those films of last year that fetched more than 100 crore in box office without having a superstar in the lead. Farhan Akhtar, a seasoned actor and director, worked hard to look and feel like Milkha Singh and with these awards, we should say that the hard work really paid off.
Milkha Singh already praised Farhan for the effort he took to play Milkha. He appreciated Farhan by saying, "He is exactly how I wanted to see myself on screen. Full credit to (director) Rakeysh Mehra for seeing me in Farhan. Many actors, including Akshay Kumar, wanted to play Milkha Singh. But Farhan has done ‘kamaal'. He has replicated me on screen. He even resembles me. The body language and discipline that Farhan adopted to play me".
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, a film that actually romanticized the life of Milkha Singh to an extent, has some incredible source material in it to create the perfect ambiance of a man's yearning for internal victory and satisfaction. With lip-sync songs and a few cooked up scenes, BMB was very Bollywood friendly in its treatment. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, very subtly and cleverly, also had touched the burning subject of India-Pakistan partition.
With winning several awards in Star Guild, film announces its aesthetic quality that might take into foreign festival markets.