Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

wogma rating: Beg or borrow, but do watch (?)

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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Running time: 190 minutes
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It is Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's film. It has Farhan Akhtar in it. It is about a sport that is not cricket. It is about a hero of his times, who kids of today know very little about. You can only hope that it will prove that it's a special film.

It does have a resemblance to Paan Singh Tomar, in a good way. I am sure the initial part of the story line is very similar.

Other than that, I was impressed with how Farhan Akhtar has molded into the character from the first time I saw the trailer. Now, with the dances and after hearing more dialogue from him, I am really looking forward to hearing his Punjabi accent.

I'm not sure that I like the idea that it has song and dance. But, I'll wait to see how they flow in and out of the story. The music itself has received mixed reactions.

Music Reviews:
Bollyspice - "4/5"
IBN Live, IANS - "2.5/5"
koimoi - "3/5"
Milliblog - "The Amar-Akbar-Antony of Indian music open their 2013 account in style!"
Music Aloud - "8.5/10"

- meeta, a part of the audience

The audience goes "oooh", "aaah", and "woohoo" with every up and down that Milkha Singh goes through, in the first five minutes itself. And my heart goes along too. Yes, it is long. Yes, it has songs. Yes, it is dramatized, even over-dramatized at times. Except for the songs, all of it works for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. Oh and yes, it is predictable too. But, then isn't that fact predictable in the first place? It is a true life story after all.

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag makes a deliberate effort to balance between telling an inspirational story and not making it a boring History lesson. With the number of slow motion scenes and choreographed, lip-sync songs the makers might have gone a little overboard in trying to keep things interesting. Sure, if Bhaag Mllkha Bhaag were told as a "He came. He Ran. He conquered." story, it might have made for better cinema. But, would the risk of Milkha Singh's spirit reaching out to a smaller audience been worth it? So, this once, if having Milkha Singh dance while tapping his buttocks is what it takes, so be it.

I am sure writer, Prasoon Joshi must have thought long and hard over what was left out of Milkha Singh's story and what was added. It is a shame that typical Farhan Akhtar-style PJs (Poor Joke) found their way in. From having seen him as himself on TV shows, the jokes instantly reminded me it was Farhan Akhtar I am watching.

It took away from the otherwise gripping performance. Yeah, his accent doesn't flow naturally, it comes across as trained. His diction is slightly distracting - as it is when he speaks Hindi or English too. But, Farhan Akhtar smiles his charming smile to endear Milkha Singh to you. The upper teeth jutting forward give it, what I assume, a Milkha touch. You sense Milkha's pain and determination. You want him to go easy on himself when he heaves and pants. And you want him to win.

Divya Dutta and Pawan Malhotra add the much needed layers to Milkha Singh's personality than Milkha Singh himself. Their characters' aspirations and pride show through in the couple of emotional scenes between each one of them and Milkha Singh. Divya Dutta is easily one of the most under-rated actors in Hindi films. Jabtej Singh as young Milkha too gets you to feel his pain, despair and courage.

On the other hand, Sonam Kapoor does her usual do as Neeru. She's stiff and looks like she's making a style statement with her salwar suits and hair curls. She has such little impact that you feel you have seen a lead lady in the film for the first time when Rebecca Breeds comes on screen as Stella. Similarly, Prakash Raj as the comic relief didn't work for me either, as in he acted well, but the comedy seemed a little off for the film.

If there is one thing you can tell about Indian men from what was going on, on screen and in the audience is that it takes as little as either a few bikini-clad or non-Indian women to excite them. Anyway, as discomforting as that was, from Neeru to Stella to Perizad (Meesha Shafi) they all exist to show Milkha Singh's priority - his work. The little time spent on Milkha Singh's transition from one woman to another tell's you about the makers' focus too - Milkha Singh and his training.

I've always had a problem with the little time spent on the athlete's training in a sports film, or for that matter the minimal time that any underdog takes to come up to speed in a film. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is more than satisfying in that respect. Milkha Singh gets long and strenuous training sessions from the director, enough for you to beg for his mercy on Milkha Singh's behalf.

Another huge section of the film is the flashbacks into Milkha Singh's childhood and especially the partition of 1947. The sequences are a little too over-stylized for the era that they are set in. But, they are styled well. The editing, the transitions, the interspersing are all pretty slick and thus end up giving those bits a contemporary feel. Again, if that's what it takes to keep more people interested, so be it. The non-linear narration also keeps you absorbed.

As you stay engaged, you realise that this is not about one athlete or one victim of the partition. Taking nothing away from how special Milkha Singh's achievements were to the country, especially in those times, almost any athlete will have stories of his roots and hardwork worth narrating. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is as much a salute to them as it is to the man himself. It is as much a tribute to the millions of partition victims who suffered and sustained as it is about how unfair his life was.

You also wonder if the situation, especially of athletes, has really improved today. In fact, from the couple of cases I know, our non-star athletes have it worse now. The conditions they have to sustain in, the politics and corruption involved is mind-boggling. Subtly, the film also tells you how our soldiers, our protectors, have it worse than our athletes. It doesn't dwell too much on it, because the core of the film is Milkha Singh's spirit.

I want my kids to watch Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, and I recommend you take yours too (Please read Parental Guidance section for details on Violent and Sexual content). Not only for the film's potential to inspire, but also to sensitize them to parts of our history that are terrifying. Even more terrifying is that it is being forgotten and taken for granted. Kids know the partition, at best, as a story - India got freedom; India was divided; millions of people were displaced. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag gives them a glimpse of what a kid their age went through. And of course, it's also important they see how he persevered through hardships that they cannot even imagine. It's our job then, to have them extrapolate it to the millions who suffered.

So, this time around I'll take the little ones to the theater, not for the beauty of seeing life on screen, but for the beauty of a life or many.

- meeta, a part of the audience

45 reviewers(?) - 29 yays 12 so-so 4 nays

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Thumbs up, by Anna Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies : ...There is no glossing over the brutality inflicted on innocents on that side of the border, but Prasoon skillfully steers clear of rabble-rousing. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks : ...BHAAG MILKHA BHAAG may not be as energetic as projected in its promotional campaign. It misses the fire and it misses the excitement. Yet it does remain a worth watching film and a significant step in Hindi Film Industry, showing them a way that we do need to make films on our historical figures and national heroes at regular intervals, along with catering to the commercial aspects of the business like BMB... full review

Thumbs up, by Aashi Gahlot, Bolly Spice : ...When Milkha Singh is triggered into recalling the past, the flash backs are in black and white or sepia colour. This creates a powerful feeling of memory, of emotion, of trying to unravel some questions.... full review

Thumbs up, by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama : ...Sonam puts her best foot forward as well. Although the character is brief, she shines in those pertinent moments nonetheless. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Prathmesh Jadhav, Bollywood Life : ...Sprint to the nearest theatre to catch this consummate biopic!... full review

Thumbs up, by Khalid Mohamed, Deccan Chronicle : ...And was an in-joke essential? Rakeysh Om Prakash Mehra shows up in a cameo, on board the athlete’s first airplane ride, to announce that he is the captain of the flight. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Nikhil Arora, Desi Martini : film of the year... full review

Thumbs up, by Smita, Desi Martini : ...An engrossing and inspirational movie worth a watch.... full review

Thumbs up, by Sarita Tanwar, DNA : intense bio-drama... full review

Thumbs up, by Deepa Deosthalee, Film Impressions : ...But enter Sonam Kapoor and things start going wrong––picture a rustic Punjabi girl of the 1950s saying,“Gandhiji ke janamdin par poore India mein chutti hoti hai,” in rich Juhu kid’s accent... full review

Thumbs up, by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare : ...Bhaag Milkha Bhaag employs Guru Gobind Singh’s famous words and a sad old Sardaar joke with equal conviction. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Subhash K Jha, FirstPost : ...a near-flawless homage to the Flying Sikh... full review

Thumbs up, by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal : ...But Art Malik struggles hard to get his diction and dialogues right and for that matter even Farhan doesn’t get it all right as far as the diction is concerned.... full review

Thumbs up, by Kritika Deval, : ...It is an engrossing conversation which never overstays its welcome. And if it gets a bit too hero-worshippy and exhuberant in its approach, we forgive them. The man deserves his share of Bollywood drama.... full review

Thumbs up, by Martin D'Souza, : ...There's the honesty of a Farhan Akhtar and an India-Pakistan tussle in the end, which might just tilt the scale in Mehra's favour. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Swati Deogire, : ...Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra through Farhan Akhtar celebrates and glorifies one of India's best sportsmen. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Vinayak Chakravorty, india today : ...inspires without getting too complex... full review

Thumbs up, by Gaurav Malani, indiatimes : ...inconsistent but significant!... full review

Thumbs up, Indicine : ...viewer will go through a truly human experience of tragedy, romance, comedy, drama and even a bit of action!... full review

Thumbs up, by Mohar Basu, koimoi : ...the story’s terrain is smartly packed with judicious amounts of highs and lows, making the film’s recipe flawless.... full review

Thumbs up, by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies : ...A Successful Run!... full review

Thumbs up, by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA : ...not only just an inspiration or an entertaining movie, but much beyond than that.... full review

Thumbs up, by Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror : ... BMB deserves every ounce of praise for the filmmakers' conviction on display.... full review

Thumbs up, by Vijay Simha, Sify Movies : ...Watch India, watch... full review

Thumbs up, by K N Gupta, : ...Australian actress Rebecca Breeds dances wonderfully and proves her chemistry with Farhan... full review

Thumbs up, by Sudhish Kamath, The Hindu : ...It’s just too long and exhausting a journey at the end, but one we must take. To celebrate a hero. And to encourage the rarely attempted genre.... full review

Thumbs up, by Madhureeta Mukherjee, Times of India : ...Farhan is fantastic! He peeps through Milkha's core to essay this role. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Rummana Ahmed, yahoo! India : ...But Mehra’s control on his craft is so immaculate that the film never descends into incoherence, and the viewer is never lost... full review

Thumbs up, by Gayatri Sankar, Zee News : ...The film on the whole is entertaining but has certain glitches that could have been avoided. Had the run time been a little shorter, perhaps it would have been a lot better. ... full review

So-So, by Naresh Kumar Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice : ...The titular protagonist, in the hands of a lesser actor, would have fallen flat on his face... full review

So-So, by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah : emerge from the moviehall with Binod Pradhan’s cinematography and Farhan Akhtar’s matchless performance... full review

So-So, by Rony D'Costa, Desi Martini : ...Bad casting and manipulative screenplay hurts the film bad.... full review

So-So, by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live : ...Too long to leave a lasting impression... full review

So-So, by Shubhra Gupta, indian express : ...starts getting overlaid by too much drama... full review

So-So, by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY : ...What could have been a fast paced, laced with the pleasant smell of earth-kind of a story, turns into a meandering, indulgently long, and unnecessarily melodramatic... full review

So-So, by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV : ...It is amply clear by the end of the three hours of the film’s running time that the song-and-dance Bollywood form does not lend itself to the simple dynamics of a sporting biopic.... full review

So-So, by Mansha Rastogi, Now : extremely dramatised, glossy version of a biopic which fails to connect owing to its extensive run time and exaggeration. ... full review

So-So, by Sukanya Verma, Rediff : ...lacks clarity and coherence... full review

So-So, by Aseem Chhabra, Rediff : ...Although BMB is no Chariots of Fire, the running sequences are quite gripping. ... full review

So-So, by Swati Rohatgi, STARDUST : ...There’s only one BIG plus for this film and that’s Farhan Akhtar.... full review

So-So, by The ThirdMan, Upper Stall : ...The camerawork by Binod Pradhan lifts it a notch as it is thanks to him, the film comes closest to being the epic, it so desires itself to be.... full review

Thumbs down, by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express : ...A film like this should whip you into a frenzy, and here I felt I was at the receiving end of a life in bullet points. This happened. Then that happened. Then this happened. And then that happened.... full review

Thumbs down, by Sarit Ray, Hindustan Times : ...while the protagonist purportedly possesses tremendous focus, the film seems to lack that very quality. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint : ... Prakash Raj leaves a mark as a stern military man.... full review

Thumbs down, by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters : ...It is also a perfect example of how not to make a sports biopic, and a telling comment on the compulsion of most filmmakers to “Bollywoodise” what starts off as an unusual subject and premise.... full review

108 tweeters(?) - 102 yays 4 so-so 2 nays

YadavVirender: bhaag milkha bhaag awsome movie,,

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SrishtiLal: Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, what a brilliant movie! Kudos to @FarOutAkhtar for the superb impersonation of Milkha Singh. Feeling inspired ^_^

srcgreen: Saw Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, the new Bolly film. Enjoyed it thoroughly 'cause I expected (and got) inspiring, well-acted mainstream cinema. #BMB

singhabhayendra: Bhaag milkha bhaag gr8 movie by farhan akthar. .

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rth_benz: Bhaag Milkha Bhaag: Good story as a whole... Wonderful direction... Farhan Akhtar, as axpected, was awesome......

rove2mushin: Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is definitely a good movie to watch, lovely to see a story being told about an athlete.Got to know so much about Milkha.

romikshah: #bhaag milkha bhaag - A must watch movie ! @FarOutAkhtar

rishurocks: Watched Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. EPIC and so Inspirational.Salute to the Flying Sikh in Real and @FarOutAkhtar. Gud work @sonamakapoor.

rashmi_1987: Bhaag Milkha Bhaag one more classic — feeling wonderful

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rai_shubhanshu: watched Bhaag MILKHA Bhaag very inspirational movie for our generation. FEELING INSPIRED.:)

rahilkapur: Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is epic. So much hard work by @faroutakhtar in the movie. Unbelievable stuff. Amazing cinema!

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Pavan_Noojipady: Bhaag Milkha Bhaag a truely Inspirational and Hatts off to the Real Milkha Singh \m/

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ndthacker: *Bhaag Milkha Bhaag* What a masterpiece..! Respect to Milkha Singh (A True Legend). Salute to @FarOutAkhtar for picturing it so beautifully.

mohitsharma0403: Bhaag milkha bhaag ......true human spirit...what a human being can do to achieve his goal....

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MBhagania: the search for the movie of the year comes to an end BHAAG MILKHA BHAAG will run away with the maximum honours

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madhuvanpushp: Take a bow Om Prakash Mehra for churning out the biopic Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. Hats off @FarOutAkhtar u have nailed it dude. #Respect!!!

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Jolly_Jinu: Bhaag milkha bhaag is long movie but its so emotional that u vl not realise the time truly an oscar film.

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colinross1975: saw the excellent Bhaag Milkha Bhaag about the superb athlete Milkha Singh - The Flying Sikh and also a fascinating insight into Partition.

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Ank4you: Bhaag Milkha Bhaag kind of movies can rebound the Legends and I think can also motivate youth towards other sports rather than only cricket

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aman1611: Bhaag Milkha Bhaag... A must watch for everyone... #Farhan u nailed it dude... #Respect — feeling motivated

aman_8558: Went to go see Bhaag Milkha Bhaag it's truly the best Bollywood movie that I've seen

AKHlLESH: Bhaag Milkha Bhaag! What a movie! Fuckin Amazing.. Must watch for every Indian. Farhan Akhtar, Rakyesh Om Prakash Mehtra #Respect

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AjeetabhChauhan: Bhaag Milkha Bhaag . Gr8 work by Mr. Rakeysh Om Prakash Mehra .

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AdiK3: Watched Bhaag Milkha Bhaag today! Wonderful movie! The wonders of sheer grit and dedication! #BhaagMilkhaBhaag

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A_SublimeEvents: "Bhaag Milkha bhaag" makes our country proud of d unheard o forgottn hero "Milkha Singh". Tribute to him:-) A must watch film!

9634060506: Bhaag milkha bhaag best sports film indian history and frhan work very very good 2013 bollywood.

_rgupta: Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is indeed slow pace. Still viewers don't run away and still the end.

_faultystars: Bhaag Milkha Bhaag..truly an inspirational story of a legendary Indian

yoyovinni: Agreed a good movie but, "in love with Bhaag Milkha Bhaag"?Then please go and watch it again and waste 6 and half hours of your life! Fools

rathinikesh: And in last few minutes I am tempted to downgrade Bhaag Milkha Bhaag from Goodish to Average.

insomniac__girl: Bhaag milkha bhaag is a very okay movie.

bhuvaneshwar: Bhaag Milkha Bhaag 3/5 -- > Farhan Akthar's performance stands out.. lengthhhhhhhhhhyyyyy ..

TheTrollRises: Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is hugely disappointing. İt is very haphazard and because of its length, it gave me headache.

ket25: Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. Shouldn't have wasted a Sunday.

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Yay! Thumbs Up, by Anup : Invest ur money in this one

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Hardik : song inspirational and it's trailer good so movie must be hit

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Karthik : One of the best movie to come out in recent times.

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Mohammad farooq : For the dedication of Farhan, inspiration of Milkha and for bringing back the athletic spirit.

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Rachit Gupta : Fantastic story about a truly inspirational figure....

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Yay! Thumbs Up, by Suman

So-So, by Anil : Wait for DVD

So-So, by vipul

Nay! Thumbs Down, by Samir : If the movie didn't have Milkha's name in it, it'd go unnoticed.

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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.

Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: Fist fights. A couple of gory violent scenes.
  • Language: Abusive language silenced off. Not too much of it, anyway.
  • Nudity & Sexual content: A making out scene. A couple of lip-to-lip kisses. A couple of scenes where sex without consent is implied.
  • Concept: A dramatized version of an inspirational story of one of India's best athletes.
  • General Look and Feel: Grainy and given the aged look for the 50s setting.

Detailed Ratings (out of 5):

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Comments (36)

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Farhan doesn't look like a sikh,can't talk like one and doesn't have the physique of one...i guess we're in for yet another damp squib girl :P

@Anuj: Just notice your interesting comment. But I guess he doesn't really have to look, talk and have a physique like a Sikh. He just has to look, talk and have a physique like Mr. Milkha Singh. I think he has done a commendable job of matching the physicality of Milkha Singh. The promos suggest a striking resemblance. Also, Farhan is known for being a method actor who devotes himself entirely to the characters he plays. So the film might just be a decent watch.


@Pradeep : I can't quite think of anyone in bollywood right now who can portray a young Milkha Singh with elan (Akshay in his youth would have been a good choice). So ya,maybe you're right with your last statement!

@Anuj for me it's working right now. The rest we'll know soon enough ;)


Loved this trailer. Farhan Akhtar usually is great (though I am not a fan) so looking forward to this one.


@Meetu : One thing's for sure. Whatever Farhan does will definitely be 2-3 notches higher than the over-rated and media created "youth icon" Ranbir Kapoor :P

@Shivani yeah, you don't have to be a fan to like his films. :D

@anuj There is enough room for both, I say.

I had enjoyed watching Paan singh tomar(2010) which was based on same niche.

After watching the trailer of this(Bhaag Milkha Bhaag)movie it seems really entertaining :)


Looks good after the songs...though looks more like an out and out commercial entertainer than a biopic...Paan Singh was a real biopic in the true sense.This one's just gonna be a good commercial film i guess!

Dattaprasad Godbole

I was sold by the Pawan Malhotra's line about Athlete's Coat - "aisi nahi milta, ise kamana padta hain." Aur kuchh nahi toh main woh line dekhne ke liye movie me jaaunga.

@anuj :D

@Dattaprasad Among other things :)


MEETU - u have said ,, music havnt worked correctly,,,,but u have given 4 out 5 stars for that

@Anup The music by itself to listen to is good. It lengthens the film a little much and diverts from the story, so doesn't work as a part of the film.

A good review that will make any reader go and watch the movie. I wanted to watch the movie but now I desperately want to watch it.
Here are some other reason why I want to watch this movie:


What's wrong with the rating, just because it's a story of a national hero doesn't make it a good movie.

I seriously felt let down by the movie and how the story was developed.

@Ka Jo Thank you!

@Anil Oh. There was more to the film than just being about a national hero. But, I can imagine why you were let down, there were a lot of things that distracted. Not to mention, the expectations were sky high.


Last week it was Lootera and this week it is Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. Bollywood matching up the standards of their Hollywood counterpart. Seeing the debacle of Policegiri, watch out Salman!


Awesome review for an awesome movie!


This movie is easily the best movie of this year,,,,the whole 3 hour and 8 min of the movie will tie u up with ur seat,,,,just the song o rangrezz according to me was bad in the movie as it cuts the flow of the movie,,,,farhan was awsome,,,,no one could have done this better....

Tagged a biopic by its team, BMB awfully looks like a movie laced with best of the commercial treatments Bollywood garnishes its offerings with to satiate the cravings of masala movie lovers. It is everything but a serious cinema on the life of an unsung Hero, Milkha Singh.

BMB should outrightly be dismissed as an overly hyped and a well marketed movie. I pity for movies like Paan Singh Tomar which was made at a meager budget of Rs. 4 crore (compared to Rs. 30 crore of BMB) and had all the right ingredients for a biopic but couldt appeal to masses. Atlast, movies like BMB reassure the fact that we still have a lot more Indian sportsperson(P.T Usha, M.S Dhoni) whose stories are waiting to be told on Celluloid in a much more somber and sincere manner.

Read full review at

Suman Chakraborty

Direction: 2.5
Story: 3
Lead Actors: 3
Character Artists: 2

Dialogues: 2
Screenplay: 2
Music Director: 2
Lyrics: 2

@Karthik Thanks!

@Anup :D Actually all songs were a bit misplaced according to me. I'd like to see a songless version and see how it feels.

@Suman Ouch...You've given the film a thumbs up, though? You didn't like the music at all?

Rachit Gupta

Good return to form Meetu.... I guess only a good movie can inspire such brilliant writing above... Very well written review... I am actually excited to see this... Going tomorrow ... Hope it lives upto the expectations!!!


in my view mera yaaar was good,,to show the origin of love of milkha singh,,,,and zinda could have been on place of title track when milkha got hard traning,,,,rest of the songs are not so important

Thanks @Rachit! :) And let us know what you thought.


only one song is good bhaag milkha rock ver. and others are ok ..zinda, mera yaar...
... movie is good but over-the-top and melodramatic :(
i gave it -thumbs up- only for farhan akhtar...

For the dedication of Farhan, inspiration of Milkha and for bringing back the athletic spirit, I’m going with a 4.5/5. Don’t miss this biopic.


Scintillating,pulsating and gripping!Definitely the best movie of 2013 so far and a very refreshing change from the bogus romantic stories that have gone on to become big "hits" of 2013.A bit melodramatic nevertheless,yet i'd rate it 3.5/5 for the sheer intensity of Farhan's performance.This lad's a natural talent.Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's back and how,7 years since the epic RDB and 4 years since the disaster called Delhi 6!

Rachit Gupta

There are times when a movie trips over the weight of its viewers expectations... For me thankfully BMB delivers and goes beyond... It was an experience.... The movie isn't about winning or losing or about jingoism... It's about fighting your inner demons.... Hard work....catharsis and closure... For any number of ways or paths he could have chosen he channeled his angst into something positive... And a word about Divya Dutta... I think she towers above everyone in the film with a performance this nuanced!!!

@Suman Yeah, I could've done with fewer songs in the film. Wouldn't mind listening to them otherwise though :D

@Mohammad :D will read the review.

@Anuj I didn't mind Delhi 6 that much. But it's cool when a director takes his time to bring his next film. Makes it dearer :D

@Rachit Agree! Especially about Divya Dutta. She is just brilliant.


@Meetu : Delhi 6 was an unbearably slow and pointless movie with no head or tail in it. The only people who seemed to have liked it were the critics :P


On a different note,we have another star in the making in Farhan Akhtar the actor.Yet all the media wants to project is the extremely over-rated and mediocre Ranbir Kapoor! I can understand young college girls and middle aged ladies being smitten by his so-called charm but am still wondering what was so "Epic" about Rockstar and Barfi!

Samir Singh

A biopic only in the broadest sense of the word. There is a good movie somewhere there amidst the Punjabi Yokel love story,the by-the-numbers coming of age of the athlete, the India-Pak rivalry and not to forget--the kitchen sink!
In one scene, the pilot of the plane (played by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra) says that there was someone else piloting the plane. How apt! Perhaps it was the guy who had directed 'Aks'.
Very disappointing(and tedious) fare.

@Anuj Oh no! Not the Ranbir bashing again! :D

@Samir ouch! But, yeah I'd want to watch Aks all over again.

I think Sonam's character name was Biro not Neeru.

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