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Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, Sport | 12 July 2013 (USA)
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The truth behind the ascension of Milkha Singh who was scarred because of the India-Pakistan partition.

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Prasoon Joshi
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Cast

Credited cast:
Farhan Akhtar ... Milkha Singh
Sonam Kapoor ... Biro
Pavan Malhotra ... Milkha Singh's Coach / Gurudev Singh
Art Malik ... Sampuran Singh / Milkha Singh's father
Divya Dutta ... Isri Kaur / Milkha Singh's elder sister
Japtej Singh Japtej Singh ... Milkha Singh (Childhood)
Yograj Singh Yograj Singh ... Indian Coach / Ranveer Singh
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jass Bhatia Jass Bhatia ... Mahinder
Rebecca Breeds ... Stella
Divjot Singh Chandhok Divjot Singh Chandhok ... Colonel
Chinmay Chandraunshuh Chinmay Chandraunshuh ... Sampreet / Milkha Singh's friend
Chandan Gill Chandan Gill ... Sampreet Singh
Dev Gill Dev Gill ... Abdul Khaliq
Sumit Gulati Sumit Gulati ... Suresh kumar
Sanjay Gurbaxani ... Army Officer
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Storyline

The true story of the "Flying Sikh" - world champion runner and Olympian Milkha Singh -- who overcame the massacre of his family, civil war during the India-Pakistan partition, and homelessness to become one of India's most iconic athletes. Written by Reliance Big Pictures

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Now you will see his Real Story. See more »

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

12 July 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Run Milkha Run See more »

Filming Locations:

Pattaya, Chonburi, Thailand See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$647,112, 14 July 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,626,289, 11 August 2013
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

International company ReelSports coordinated the sports action for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and cast all the elite runners. See more »

Goofs

When Milkha gets defeated in Australia, he walks out of the stadium towards the washroom. He walks through the corridor with flags of participating countries. The post-Islamic Revolution Iranian flag is behind him, which only came in in 1979, with 'Allah' on it instead of the Lion which was on the Iranian tricolour under the Shah through the '50s, '60s and '70s. See more »

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Referenced in Bhoothnath Returns (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Mera Yaar
Sung by Javed Bashir
Music composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy / Shankar Mahadevan, Loy Mendonsa, Ehsaan Noorani
Lyrics written by Prasoon Joshi
© & (P) 2013 Sony Music Entertainment India Pvt. Ltd.
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A commendable film on Milkha Singh's inspiring tale!
12 July 2013 | by graiker01See all my reviews

The sheer joy of watching someones hard-work come to life on the screen is inspiring indeed. To portray Milkha Singh's struggle and achievements and his zeal to succeed at the world stage, required an equally earnest and dedicated effort by the filmmakers. This effort is reflected in Bhag Milkha Bhag, and is what makes the film commendable.

Farhan Akhtar's tough physical training for this role pays great dividends on screen. The races look pretty convincing because of Farhan's effort and soon you find yourself cheering for Milkha, if not loudly in the movie-hall then at-least in your head.

The non-linear narrative of the film keeps the movie engrossing, so although you know the basic outline of the story, you can't really guess what would happen next. The story is narrated by Milkha's coach Gurudev Singh played brilliantly Pavan Malhotra by who first recognizes the Milkha Singh's talent.

The women in Milkha Singh's life play a very important role, be it his elder sister (played by Divya Dutta)who single handedly brings Milkha up, or the love of his life (Sonam Kapoor) who is the reason why he changes his unruly ways. Although one must add, that the part where Milkha goes on a romp after a party with Stella(Rebecca Brooks) during the 1956 Melbourne Games does look a bit forced.

Some people may have qualms with the dance sequences but personally they were quite enjoyable and didn't jar the narrative. Keep an eye out for the song with Sonam Kapoor who plays Milkha Singh's love interest in the film. The shot with them both on top of a bridge with green, swiftly flowing water below was captured beautifully.

The director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra has a signature style which is apparent like from his previous films- Rang De Basanti and Delhi-6. He can merge music and visuals to great effect. Although in some scenes a little bit of restraint in the stylistic details and drama could have certainly helped.

To emerge as a world leading athlete from India just after independence, when I suppose sports facilities weren't great, with the scars of the partition deep in his mind is some achievement. We salute you Milkha Singh! One must commend the efforts of the filmmakers to bring the story to us.


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