Bhaag Milkha Bhaag Movie Review

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (Hindi)

Release Date:
July 12, 2013

Milkha Singh - for some the name evokes a faint memory from the pages of history.
All, most remember is that Milkha Singh, hailed as the Flying Sikh, was a famous athlete, who infamously lost the penultimate race of his Life.

The Film attempts to understand a catastrophic loss that was deemed a sure victory and explores through the darkness of disgrace, Milkha’s redemption.

The Redemption and Catharsis that come when he confronts his past.

Milkha ironically finds himself in a place wherein he had lost his all. Pakistan, a place where he witnessed the bloody massacre of his entire family. The demons hidden in some dark corner of his consciousness come alive.

This iridescent tale winds through the plagues of a bloody civil war, a lost childhood, homelessness, and petty crime to victories hard won and easily lost. It draws anintricate image of human trials, setbacks and fate leveraged against the sheer power of will.Evocatively illustrating that true victory lies in racing with one’s troubles , not in running away from them .… "aapni mushkiloan se bhago nahin , unkey saath daud lagao."

Milkha flies, falls and rises, bruising his soul but not his will to survive.

Milkha Singh the world champion in 400 meters lost the most important race of his life- the 1960 Rome Olympics but won in LIFE.

Milkha Singh - for some the name evokes a faint memory from the pages of history. All, most remember is that Milkha... Show More

Too long and too unfocused to leave a lasting impression

Ultimately, the only reason to watch this disappointment is Farhan Akhtar's career-best delivery

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is more the overlong, overblown Singing-Dancing-Flying Sikh, than just the triumphal, true Flying Sikh

Indian Express

As a cinematic experience, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag doesn't run as consistently as Milkha Singh might have. Nevertheless the sincere effort by Farhan Akhtar makes it a significant watch

Times of India

It is a marathon trudge from cradle to national glory

Mehra creates fascinating fiction out of facts, although he could have kept it shorter. At 187 minutes, the film includes too many subplots to remain cohesive all through

A solid biopic drama that occasionally meanders


Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is an extremely dramatised, glossy version of a biopic which fails to connect owing to its extensive run time and exaggeration


Pulsates with the storyteller's sheer passion all the way to the finish line

Times of India

BMB does not offer anything new

Never makes for the kind of compelling viewing that it would have been had it relied solely on the drama inherent in the hero’s singular struggle against all odds instead of overlaying it with extraneous narrative trappings

Farhan delivers an enchanting performance as the Flying Sikh, leaving the spectator awe-stuck in several sequences