Saturday, July 13, 2013

Bhaag Farhan Bhaag... Way to go!

Its raining good films this year and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag looks the best so far. Rare piece of work, that's hard to come by every now and then in Bollywood. Brilliantly enacted, visually splendid and a wholesome entertainer.

Be it the sepia-tainted flashbacks or the racing close-ups or the scenes in Leh, its all breath-takingly shot. I didn't mind the three-hour duration. I savored every bit of it. The film had me hooked from the opening shot. It made me laugh, it made me cry. (Except the flashbacks, people in the theater whistled and clapped for almost every scene. The climax, ofcourse, evoked the loudest cheers. Who stays unruffled by the frenzy of an India-Pakistan face off, anyway?)

Performance-wise, I did not once see Farhan Akhtar in Milkha. From his looks to the role he was essaying, Farhan was completely the character. Tough call, if I have to pick between Farhan, the director or Farhan, the actor. He nailed it. In fact, because of his performance, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag will be counted with films like Dil Chahta Hai (his directorial debut). I'll be disappointed if Farhan does not win an award this year. He'll have earned it, if he does win. Divya Dutta, playing Farhan's sister, woos you with her acting skills. I couldn't stop drooling over her every time she was on screen. Prakash Raj and Pawan Malhotra are their usual brilliant selves. Rakesh Omprakash Mehra smartly used Sonam ;-) Very sparingly. With minimum dialogues. Acting is so not her department. But, whatever little, she's watchable.

This was one of my most awaited films of the year. And it was so worth the wait! A memorable film, that will stay with me for a long, long time!

Those of you, who have seen it, I'm waiting to hear from you in the comments below. Those who haven't, book your tickets now! :)