Movie Review: Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is a biographical sports film based on a real life story of Milkha Singh, an Indian athlete who was a world champion runner and an Olympian. Story of the movie is undoubtedly brilliant. It’s inspiring indeed. Script of the movie contains many emotional scenes too. But the way the director has presented it is much less inspiring. Direction of the movie could have been much much better. “Are you relaxing? No, I am Milkha Singh.” Do you think the story of Milkha Singh is amusing? Director has used this kind of punches in the movie to hold the audience! Length of the movie is really long, it seems like movie is stretched unnecessarily. Less use of songs in the movie would have been better to shortened the film, in stead of those PJs. Music is very good, lyrics are awesome too. Background score is average, lacks originality and variation. Farhan Akhtar is very good as usual, Sonam Kapoor is only for fifteen minutes in the movie of 3 hours. She has not added much to the movie. Acting of Divya Datta as Milkha’s sister is appreciable. Jabtej Singh as a junior Milkha is excellent. I would give one star to the choote ustaad, one for the idea of making a film on real hero and his story- Milkha Singh! Total 3 stars to the movie.


The film starts in the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, where a coach says “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag!”, and the story is taken back to memories of the childhood days of a young boy which haunted him, resulted in him dropping to fourth. The partition caused chaos which resulted in war with the locals of Punjab in Pakistan, killing the parents of Milkha Singh (Farhan Akhtar). He reaches Delhi and later meets his sister there. Milkha soon makes friends and survives by stealing with his friends. He falls in love with Biro (Sonam Kapoor) but she asks him to live a life of honesty. Milkha finally finds himself in the army where he gets noticed by a Havaldar (Sergeant) after he wins a race in which top 10 runners will get milk, two eggs and excuse from exercise. He gets selected for service commission where he gets miffed and also gets beaten up by senior players whom he had defeated earlier, on the day before selection of Indian team for Olympics. In spite of being injured he still participates in the race, overcomes his pain and wins the race. His coach tells him that he has broken the national record.

In the Melbourne Olympics he gets attracted to the granddaughter of his Australian technical coach, and after a night in a bar he sleeps with her. He loses the race, beats himself up and on the way back to India asks his coach to tell him what the world record for the 400m race is. He trains hard with a firm determination and wins in several places. Then Jawaharlal Nehru convinces him to lead the Indian team to Pakistan for friendly races. In Pakistan he misses the press conference and goes to his village where in a flashback it is shown how his parents were murdered and the last words of his father were “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag!” He starts crying and is confronted by a boy who turns out to be his childhood friend’s son. In the games, the Pakistani favorite is winning, when Milkha comes, overtaking opponents one by one and finally taking on the lead and winning the race and respect of both nation’s people. The Pakistani commander then gives him the title “The Flying Sikh”.


You should see Bhaag Milkha Bhaag to know the story of real hero- Milkha Singh. Direction of the movie is average, stretched unnecessarily with institutional songs and PJs. Story of the movie is inspirational. A one time watch! You’ll not miss anything if you won’t see it.