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Bhaag Milkha Bhaag Movie Review
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There are moments of great pathos here, and an inspiring lesson on the importance of perseverance and hard work. But it all moves at a snail’s pace, even as the drama of Milkha’s rise on the race track is punctured routinely by too many songs, overlong romantic tracks, and the kind of ‘commercial-movie trappings’ that are counterproductive to a film of this nature. . The film itself is well intentioned and shines a light on an important figure. But it’s too long and too unfocused to leave a lasting impression. I’m going with two-and-a-half out of five for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. Watch it for Farhan Akhtar’s sincere performance.
Ratings:4.5/5 Review By: Taran Adarsh Site:BollywoodHungama
A handful of films sprint that extra mile beyond providing meager entertainment to its spectators. BHAAG MILKHA BHAAG is one such cinematic experience. However, director Mehra and writer Prasoon Joshi encompass pertinent episodes/chapters from the icon's life and create a film that makes you salute the sportsperson, besides evoking the spirit of nationalism in the spectator. On the whole, 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!
Ratings:3/5 Review By: Karan Anshuman Site:Mumbai Mirror
Right then, the bottom line is that you should watch this film for two reasons that supersede all else. Farhan Akhtar shows tremendous commitment in his role as the Flying Sikh. And finally, BMB deserves every ounce of praise for the filmmakers' conviction on display. When you're done watching Rakyesh Omprakash's epic effort, you'll come out of the theater wanting to run. And be a better person. This, right here, is the film's ultimate victory.
Ratings:4/5 Review By: Madhureeta Mukherjee Site:Times Of India (TOI)
He ran his first race for ek glass doodh. And he never stopped. Untiringly. He ran because it was his religion. 'BMB' traces his scarred childhood, brutalized by India's Partition; followed by penury and petty crimes. .Overall, 'BMB' 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.
Ratings:-- Review By: Komal Nahata Site:ETC
On the whole, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag will have an eventful run at the cinemas and will turn out to be a richly rewarding film for all concerned. Its undue length will adversely affect collections to an extent and will, therefore, tell on the box-office results but it will still prove to be a very paying proposal. Business in the big cities and good multiplexes will be excellent.
Ratings:2/5 Review By: Sarit Ray Site:Hindustan Times
For a film about sprinting and clocking shortest timings possible, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag moves at a snail’s pace and goes on for over 3 hours. And while the protagonist purportedly possesses tremendous focus, the film seems to lack that very quality.And though it touches upon uncomfortable incidents, it painstakingly seeks to justify and glorify its hero with melodrama, dramatic camerawork and slow-motion shots of rippling muscles.
Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Aseem Chabra Site:Rediff
I wish I could find any other reason to recommend Mehra’s three-plus hour film that attempts to be an epic, but is really thin in plot and goes in so many different directions before it finally solves the so-called mystery: Why would Milkha Singh not run in Pakistan? Milkha Singh was no doubt an inspiring figure, but the three hours that Guruji takes to walk us through the runner’s story – and that too just 13 years of his life seems way too long. Even a vibrant performance by Akhtar cannot save a film that attempts to be an epic like Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi.
Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Saibal Chaterjee Site:NDTV
The much anticipated Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is anything but the film that Milkha Singh deserves. The overlong Bhaag Milkha Bhaag seeks to achieve a dramatic heightening of the effect of a champion athlete’s rousing struggle to break free from the traumas of the past and turn adversity to opportunity. In the bargain, it reduces the human saga to a loud, melodramatic and over-wrought tale that overstays its welcome.To describe it in athletics terms, Bhaag Milkha Singh is a 400 metres sprint that feels like a cross-country race. Go for it only if you trust your endurance threshold.
Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Shubhra Gupta Site:Indian Express
Carefully skirting the tag of a bio-pic, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag manages to tell the story of Milkha Singh, as enacted by Farhan Akhtar, while giving us, tiresomely, all the familiar bells and whistles of a Bollywood entertainer with the naach-gaana, and the rona-dhona.If the film had kept it pared, toning down the trumpets which blare everytime something momentous is about to happen, it would have been a more powerful testament to an all-time sporting great. As it has turned out, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is more the overlong, overblown Singing-Dancing-Flying Sikh, than just the triumphal, true Flying Sikh.
Ratings:4/5 Review By: Sarita Tanwar Site:DNA
Some lives are made for the big screen. Milkha Singh's certainly is one. It has everything. Throw it all together with the added drama of India vs Pakistan and you have one of the most neglected sports stories of the century. It's a sports tale but don't expect a Chak De! India or a Swades. You will find yourself cheering for Milkha a few times but you wish there was more to cheer for. What to do: If you are in the mood for some intense bio-drama, run to the nearest theatre.
Ratings:4/5 Review By: Mohar Basu Site:Koimoi
What’s Good: From story, to acting, to screenplay, to direction; this one indeed is picture perfect! What’s Bad: Even if there was something, it was quite easy to miss those glitches! Watch or Not?: Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is one of those rare films which are hard to forget long after you are done with them. This Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra biopic based on the magnetic life of athlete Milkha Singh, is all about pluses that champions the spirit of human living! Watch it for Farhan Akhtar who impeccably replicates the soul of Milkha Singh and leaves you with goosebumps!
Ratings:-- Review By: Mihir Fadvanis Site:Firstpost
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag calls itself a biopic but it never stops feeling like an exaggerated yarn — the creative liberties taken are just ridiculous and expecting anything factually correct goes out the window. In Bhaag Milkha Bhaag literally every single dramatic turn is given the ’80s’ Bollywood and 2000s’ desi soap opera treatment to wrench emotion out of you.
Ratings:3/5 Review By: Daily Bhaskar Site:Dainik Bhaskar
The reality of Milkha Singh's biopic is lost in the overdose of drama that Bollywood so proudly serves on its platter.But after you sit through the dragging first half, the film starts gathering pace with the screen time now consumed more with Milkha's record-breaking achievements on the field than vignettes from his personal life. It is clear that Mehra and his team worked very hard to bring the story of Milkha Singh to the screen. There is a lot of research that went into BMB and the running sequences are quite gripping.
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