Milkha Singh : the National Treasure

Why sing the National Anthem? It’s a song but its not for entertaining the citizens. It’s a celebration of National pride. It’s a song that unifies our hearts and souls. Milkha Singh or the flying Sikh is a National Treasure. He is the nation’s pride. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is a celebration of this pride. This movie is not meant for entertainment either. Watch it like you sing the National Anthem. Get inspired!

Farhan Akhtar lives and breathes Milkha! When he cries you wanna cry too. No one else’s sweat can be sweeter than his. when he runs on the tracks you wanna be a part of the crowd, smell the victory. Being Milkha Singh was no easy task. He was the Usain Bolt of 400 m as early as the 1960s! Enacting such a legend is no easy task either. It takes the same discipline and the same will power to portray him onscreen. Farhan Akhtar saw this opportunity to prove his conviction and belief as an actor. And boy does he deliver in style. In my sub-conscious mind I get reminded of Ben Kingsley whenever I think of the Mahatma. I get reminded of NTR whenever I picture Lord Krishna. Farhan Akhtar is the new face of the flying Sikh.

This movie does have quite a lot of cinematic moments. Like the singh’s quest for the India blazer. Like the kid Milkha growing up into Farhan Milkha. Like the emotional scenes with Divya Dutta. And one can agree to a little bit of singing and dancing of punjabi faujis. Watch out for the Bhangra by the coaches after Milkha wins a crucial race.

Well I don’t have anything to say about sonam kapoor here. She was a better fit in Ranjhanaa. Great work on the concluding titles with the pictures of the real Milkha!

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, the country is with you!

— Varun Mannava Gowtham


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