Sadly it’s been almost a month since the movie was released and my review was stuck for quite some time. But I hope there’s still some time and here it goes!
I’ll just say this in the beginning and clear any tension, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is one of the most amazing movies in Bollywood in recent times, going up against the likes of Rang De Basanti, Kal Ho Na Ho and many others. From the very first scene, the very first second, the movie is in full throttle and wastes no time in setting up.
The movie excels in every department, be it the superb writing or the crisp dialogues or the surprisingly amazing songs or the top notch acting by the crew.
The songs, like I said were surprisingly good. In most movies, songs are inserted into random parts of the movie, which break the flow. In Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, the songs are beautifully woven into the story with smart lyrics and music.
However, if you’re anything like me, the reason to watch this movie again and again is the top notch acting by the cast. Be it the dedication shown by Farhan Akhtar as Milkha Singh (I mean look at the man’s muscles!) or Sonam Kapoor small yet commendable performance or Divya Dutta’s extremely strong performance as Isra Kaur, it blew me away. But that’s not it; the small supporting roles such as both of Milkha’s coaches, played by Yograj Singh and Pawan Malhotra were nothing short of amazing. I’ll be shocked if this movie doesn’t win every acting category it has been nominated in!
As for the story, it was as good as the acting, save for a few logical inconsistencies. The narrative was well paced with smart humor as well and crisp dialogues seamlessly and effortlessly interwoven. As such, the story never dulls, even with its 190 minute run-time. At first, 190 minutes may seem over long or bloated, but anything else would seem insufficient for the story to blossom. The purpose this humongous run-time serves is answering all the questions, raised by the plot itself and even those by the audience.
All in all, this movie is near perfect, save for a few logical inconsistencies. But given how amazing it is easy to overlook the very few and minor flaws.