Bhaag Milkha Bhaag - Notepad

wogma rating: Buy the DVD already (?)
quick review:

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is indeed long. It is a typical sports story too. But, it keeps you in your seat all along with moments of victory and failure, of course but also with moments of emotion and introspection.



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Plot Summary

Based on the life of Indian athlete of the 50s, Milkha Singh.

What Worked

  • The title card in the end that read "Based on a true life". They didn't use the phrase "true life story".
  • The sports photography while maintaining the texture of the 50s. All the races were shot and edited to full perfection. Loved it that each 45 second race lasted almost that long in real time. Loved every bit of the drama.
  • The sequence in which Milkha Singh's victories were shown in different frames of the screen.
  • The shot where Milkha Singh reaches the finish line in the last race.
  • Some transitions were pure brilliance. I especially loved the first time Milkha Singh is shown having a flashback in the film.
  • Milkha Singh singing "bada hoke desh ka sitara banunga" (I'll be a national star when I grow older.)
  • Use of cricket ball as whatsapp ;)
  • The ghee scene - yuck yet cute.
  • How wearing a suit is a symbol of so many things - being a representative of India comes later when a person who doesn't know about it sees one wearing it.
  • The whole deal about collecting sweat.
  • The manner in which Milkha Singh gets closure for his troubled mind.

What did not

Note: This section simply lists the things that I did not like in this movie. This is not the overall impression about this movie. Please read the full review here

  • The airplane seatbelt sequence
  • The airplane fear bit.
  • Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's cameo
  • Milk as motivation! Oh the irony and oh the very idea!
  • Sonam Kapoor holding a matka! Is it really possible to hold a filled vessel like that? Similarly, Sonam Kapoor is shown dusting grain on the terrace, in a supda. Looked completely out of place doing it.
  • They didn't show him skipping with weights on. Fake ones would have done too, right.