Akhtar now has totally proved himself as a successful actor. Jawaharlal Nehru Dalip Tahil , the prime minister, convinces him to lead the Indian team in Pakistan for a friendly race with Abdul Khaliq Dev Gill , also known as the fastest man of Asia. It talks more about perseverance and how man can excel even in the worst conditions than the actual atheltic history. It feels good that the team has brought an epitome into reel. Partition of India in 1947 caused chaos which resulted in mass religious violence in Punjab in British India, killing the parents of Milkha Singh Farhan Akhtar.
That is the power of Rakeysh O Mehra and his crew. The relation of every detail is astronomical and very well adapted. Suffering from guilt, he even slaps himself in front of a mirror. His demeanor is appreciable and the film does showcase his hard-work. Living in impoverished refugee camps, Milkha makes friends and survives by stealing with them. In the games, initially the Pakistani favorite is winning, but Milkha takes the lead overtaking opponents one by one, taking a convincing lead, and winning the race and respect of the two nations. Most of the story is told in flashbacks and there is where the screenplay works.
Jawaharlal Nehru declares a day in the name of Milkha as national holiday as desired by Milkha himself. During the Melbourne 1956 Olympics he is attracted to the granddaughter of his Australian technical coach. He trains hard and wins in several places. On the flight back to India he asks his coach what the world record is for the 400m race and learns that it is 45. He then breaks the previous world record for the 400m race with a time of 45. In spite of being injured, he participates in the race. After a frolicking night in a bar, they have a one-night stand.
Milkha Singh, wonderfully portrayed by the talented Farhan Akhtar is one character that induces inspiration. Can be watched with a typical Indian family? I was blown away by Akhtar's bod and his expressions. Milkha finds himself in the army where he gets noticed by a havaldar sergeant after he wins a race in which the top 10 runners will get milk, two eggs and excused from exercise. But, the actresses were sidelined which is very apt for a bio-film. He reaches Delhi and later meets his sister there. Overcoming his pain, he wins the race thus breaking the national record.
Otherwise, everybody rise for this cinema of massive potential. Overall, an entertaining biography which is well-written and well- executed. He also meets his friend Sampreet. Supporting cast is very good as well. He gets selected for service commission where he is miffed and gets beaten up by senior players whom he had defeated earlier, on the day before selection of Indian team for Olympics. In less than ten minutes into the film, you get goosebumps all over your body.
He falls in love with Biro Sonam Kapoor , but she asks him to live a life of honesty. Humor touches the script at times, as well. . You get into high-spirits and then the story of The Flying Sikh begins. .
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