Cast: Farhan Akhtar, Divya Dutta, Prakash Raj, Sonam Kapoor, Pavan Malhotra
Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Producer: Viacom 18, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Plot: The movie begins with Milkha’s tragic loss in the 1960 Rome Olympics and then goes into flashback mode showing a young Milkha and how it all started for him from the army recruitment phase. We also get to see the post partition riots where Milkha’s parents’ were murdered and how the little Sikh runs for his life, meets his sister in the refugee camp and then grows up gambling, learning how to use a knife and stealing coal from local trains for some cash. From the army begins his journey to become one of the greatest ever athletes India has ever seen.
Technical view: This biopic just leaves you speechless with it’s impeccable direction and energetic atmosphere. Though the movie runs for about three hours, except for maybe a few minutes, the movie holds a strong grip over the audience. The background score is exceptional and the introduction of Farhan Akhtar is just epic! Dialogues are not the best part of the movie but they do provide you a chuckle here and there. Prakash Raj and Pavan Malhotra also do a fine job with their acting as always.
Acting-wise: Farhan Akhtar played the role of The Flying Sikh in the most outstanding way possible. His running style and his power-packed performance is just a treat to watch. Divya Dutta plays the role of Milkha’s sister and shares a few emotional brother-sister moments which are rarely seen in Bollywood these days. Sonam Kapoor pulls off her cameo convincingly playing the ‘village’ girl.
The last word: This is by far the best biopic Bollywood has ever seen. Farhan Akhtar’s hard work is clearly seen throughout. And the way the movie has been directed needs much more appreciation than just a couple of awards. If you’re a fan of Farhan Akhtar, you should watch this and if you’re not, you should definitely watch this!
Harsh writes with Bollywood Celebden, a premier source of bollywood news, gossips, and bollywood movie reviews.