Sarit Ray's review: Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

By HT

Direction: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Actors: Farhan Akhtar, Pavan Malhotra, Divya Dutta, Sonam Kapoor
Rating: **

For a film about sprinting and clocking shortest timings possible, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag moves at a snail’s pace and goes on for over 3 hours. And while the protagonist purportedly possesses tremendous focus, the film seems to lack that very quality. Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s ‘biopic’ (the word has been reiterated by the makers at every interview opportunity) on Indian sprinter Milkha Singh is, at best, a meandering, indulgent version of a real story. And though it touches upon uncomfortable incidents, it painstakingly seeks to justify and glorify its hero with melodrama, dramatic camerawork and slow-motion shots of rippling muscles.

The film begins from the point in Singh’s career th