Legends are not born, they are made But legends like Milkha Singh reach zenith through sheer determination and hard work.
I still wonder why no movie was made on an inspirational hero like Milkha Singh before, but its better late than never.And that too by a gem of a director, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra who has made a flawless movie.
Its a cinematic experience.The story is a perfect blend of drama, emotion,humour, struggle and music.The flow is natural which makes us enjoy the cineamtic brilliance.
The songs are well woven in the flow and never do we feel that it has been thrust in between.
Milkha Singh who was so poor that a glass of milk & 2 eggs lured him to start running and then after he never looked back.
Farhan Akhtar has gone in the skin of the character and when he said that he devoted 1.5 years for this movie , it really reveals in the character played by him.
When he runs he actually does so and its not fake.
Other impressive roles are of Divya Dutta who has played a wonderful character of Milka’s sister and also Jabtej singh’s (young Milkha) performance is nice.
“Bhaag Milkha Bhaag” the last words of his father who was butchered along with his entire family, during the partition were the driving force whenever he stumbled in life.
The experience and pains of a victim of riots that followed during partition have been well portrayed.It is the pain which drove Milkha to be what he finally became.
I have grown up hearing from my parents that Milkha lost a medal in Olympics because he turned back just before the finishing line.
But it is in this movie that actual reason is revealed.
There are scenes which will pump you up and also which will bring tears in your eyes.
If you have ever participated in track events and gone through the pain , practice , humiliating loss and victory despite hours of practice and perspiration then this movie will stirr your soul.
It will make you think how easy it could have been to simply give up.At the same time how difficult it is to reach your goals in odd conditions.
Its just not a rag to riches story , its a story of hope ,of hard work, of determination, of that indomitable spirit which will never let you give up.
I will recommend all to go for the movie not just to see the story of “The Flying Sikh” but to do your soul searching; what you could have been & what you are now and still what all you can achieve.
This story inspires us to the core, because Milkha Singh not just ran fast , he wasn’t afraid to stumble, falter & fall and then to rise again to prove himself because he was competing not with others but with himself.
I will not be surprised if Farhan Akhtar gets a National Award for this performance.
My Rating : 4.5/5
N.B.: This is my first ever movie review and I feel great that I started by living legend Milkha Singh’s biopic masterpiece.