Today we woke up to the heartbreaking news of the great Milkha Singh passing away. He was admitted to the hospital for the last few days. He breathed his last due to COVID complications. For all the 90s kids and the millennial generation, the Flying Sikh was a great figure, which was only limited to the academic subject of General Knowledge. So, let’s take a moment to thank Farhan Akhtar and the visionary filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, who glimpsed us with the real Milkha.
Released on 11th July 2013, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is one of the modern-day cults of Indian cinema. Full marks for the idea of showing the true story of the legendary Milkha Singh to the young generation. Not a single performance across the global cinema is perfect. Honest intentions and a will of giving 110 percent are what makes an act worth remembering. And yes, Farhan Akhtar had the same things with him while presenting the Flying Sikh.
As a filmmaker, Farhan Akhtar gave us masterpieces like Dil Chahta Hai and Lakshya, that still continue to inspire. The same sort of magic has been created by ‘the actor’ Farhan. There are several examples, where we can see how after watching Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, many people have changed their lives. Not just in sports but in different fields of life, people got inspiration from Farhan’s motivating act in the film.
Cinema might be a tool for making huge money for many, but Farhan doesn’t believe it the same way. Every single piece of work shows how much effort he puts in every character to make it above the box office pull.
For Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Farhan Akhtar sweated it out for 13 months; could you believe that? From mannerisms to matching the running style, the actor learned everything under the guidance of Milkha Singh. And of course, who can forget the way he looked on the screen. One of the best transformations in Bollywood, period! But biopics aren’t just about professional life, right? There’s a huge chunk of the film that captures Milkha’s emotional backstory. Farhan nailed every single bit of it.
With biopics, comes a slate full of liberties and yes, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag too has the advantage of it. But it’s Farhan‘s act without overdoing in emotional scenes, showing intensity in required parts and keeping as realistic as possible, which made Milkha Singh a relatable superhero figure for the young generation.
Of course, a big credit to director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra for making the perfect use of Farhan. But a big salute goes to Farhan who rose above the script and director’s vision, thus defining what a good actor really means!