Thanks to the facilities at the theatre we had to park our car at a restaurant nearby and walk our way back. As guessed I missed the first 2 minutes or so which isn’t much, Yay me!!
First thing about the movie is, it’s based on someone’s life and packing a major chunk of anyone’s life into three hours of screen time isn’t a simple task but I must admit Omprakash Mehra did a tremendous job. It’s an amazing movie because of its screenplay.
In spite of it depicting someone’s life, this story had every bollywood element; the painful loss of family, never ending love of a sister, the lover who gets married away, and a happy ending. As expected it was a drag in many parts but then again we all have such times don’t we.
Not revealing too much, deciding to be a champion, Farhan Akhtar’s new seductive looks is a really good reason to watch the movie. A lot of his acting potential has been showcased in a new angle in this movie.
The scenes of sibling love couldn’t get any better Divya Dutta made the best sister, both in smiles and cries. She made the coat~blazer scene all the more beautiful. Don’t expect an epic love story and a reunion rejoiced by a slow beat song as Sonam does get married away with the wrong person. Farhan and sonam’s love lasts for minutes and is around some four different places. Nonetheless their pair was one of the best on screen, they meet the classic Bollywood way only after spilling the girls hard filled balti , some silly jokes and the sight of Sonam Kapoor will force a smile on your face. Her shying away, her innocence and her dance (O Rangrez) were all an eye Candy. Mera Yaar song was the kind one wants to jump up and start dancing !
The scene where he runs with the leg injury did get the theater going ooo and eee.
The movie is a Narrative juggling between timelines showing Milkha as a happy kid living with this family pre Indo-Pak partition, then his transformation to a thief until his sister’s sacrifice which gets him joining the Fauj.
Then we see him transform into a legend, Runner of a Kind, at the peak of his career he is asked by Pandit ji to lead the Indian contingent at Indo-Pak friendly games. This is when we see the dark side of his past, the trauma of seeing his family killed mercilessly by the pathans and which gets Milkha running, practically for his life. There is a part in which he slips in blood and trips on a wall and lands on dead bodies of his family and desperately tries to get away only to fall again and again and again, Omprakash Mehra couldn’t show the agony of the victims of the Indo-Pak partition any better ! When Milkha comes to Pakistan he can’t bear to stay and decides to go in search of his village, upon reaching he falls to his knees and breaks into tears. This is a scene to watch out for as Farhan Akthar pulls it off very effortlessly.
Run to the nearest theatre if you are in the Mood for loads of Drama. Watch it for Farhan Akhtar. Be ready for the Angrezi distractions (Slow motion Angreza) .
Caution: It won’t impress an average moviegoer due to its slow pace. Cherish the popcorn and the coke that you carry.