One does expect some outstanding scores in movies directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, and his films, AKS, RANG DE BASANTI and DELHI 6, are a testimony to the fact. However this time around there is no Oscar Rahman to compose for the biopic on India's iconic athlete, Milkha Singh, also known as The Flying Sikh. The task has been entrusted to Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, the multi-talented trio who have taken a sabbatical of sorts lately, along with lyricist Prasoon Joshi. So it will be mighty interesting to see what the award winning foursome are up-to in this album.
While ''Ek Onkar
'' (RANG DE BASANTI) still remains a memorable piece of work, ''Gurbani
'' is another soul enlightening Sikh devotional track rendered to spiritual perfection by Daler Mehndi.
'' marks the debut of Shankar's talented son, Siddharth Mahadevan and ever since the first teaser the song has already made a mark and surely has the merits to become an anthem, quite like the RANG DE BASANTI title track. Sid is superb and is well aided by the delightful all rock chorus. Prasoon's inspirational lyrics add volumes to the anthem feel of the song. CHECK OUT: BHAAG MILKHA BHAAG Movie Review
Javed Bashir, well known sufi 'qawwali
' artist is chosen to do what he excels at and his energetic vocals are the USP of the 'sufi
'-cum-rock flavoured ''Mera Yaar
'', and so are the minimal superb background musical arrangements and Prasoon's innovatively romantic lyrics.
The entirely situational ''Maston Ka Jhund
'' should make for a good outing on screen. The inspirational song sung by Divya Kumar is tailor made to add to the narrative of the movie.
Farhan makes you see Milkha on screen. He has subjected his body to a grueling regimen to get that athlete's frame. His running stride and body language will definitely make Milkha himself proud. Take Farhan out and this film is a surefire disaster. But what is even more interesting is that Farhan is closing in on the fan-following of the top three Khans. A paid preview on Thursday night saw over 30 per cent occupancy and that is good news for his Box Office status.
Director, writer, musician, actor, singer, and now a crowd-puller... He is in a nutshell, a creative genius!
What works for the movie apart from Farhan is the sports theme, the races, which give you that 'live' stadium feel, and the moments of brilliance in between.
What goes against the film is its length. It clocks 3 hours eight minutes. There are unwanted songs (two of them) that pull the narrative in the opposite direction. Apart from that, the picturisation of the song when Milkha comes to meet Sonam is confusing. Something you saw in the eighties when fillers were needed to mask a poor script.
The unnecessary (multiple) flashbacks, too, are a hindrance. Editing these off would give the film a run-time of 2 hours 30 minutes. It would also give the film the stride of a Milkha Singh. CHECK OUT: Farhan Akhtar's BHAAG MILKHA BHAAG features 46 real jawans
There is also the unnecessary romp in Australia with the granddaughter of the Australian coach helping out the Indian contingent. Milkha's defeat in the qualifiers in the Melbourne Olympics in 1956 was due to inexperience. And this song, dance and 'roll in the bed' with smooth 'experienced' smooching are loud and jarring. It did not suit Milkha's character. MAUSAM
stretched endlessly, while MATRU
... had a super first 10 minutes. Both bombed. With BMB, the story might just be different. There's the honesty of a Farhan Akhtar and an India-Pakistan tussle in the end, which might just tilt the scale in Mehra's favour.