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Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

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Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Release date: July 12, 2013
Directed by: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Cast: Farhan Akhtar, Pawan Malhotra, Yograj Singh, Prakash Raj, Divya Dutta, Rebecca Breeds, Meesha Shafi, Dalip Tahil, Sonam Kapoor, Nawab Khan, Art Malik

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag starts from a race and keeps building toward another race. Based upon Milkha Singh, a former track and field sprinter, it chronicles his glory days right through thick and thin. The timeline of events in non-linear though.

In the freshly partitioned landscapes of Pakistan, a young Milkha makes his way to India. He’s a tough kid, he gains a street cred by fitting in with the local teenagers. Isri Kaur (Divya Dutta) is Milkha’s much older and married sister who looks after him. Reveling in his cheap tricks, Milkha starts growing up. Beero (Sonam Kapoor) makes Milkha fall in love with her and he wants to straighten his ways just to impress her.

Much later in the army, he sleeps looking at her photograph. His running abilities have got him out of predicaments and all of the memorable situations that made him bhaag (run) are depicted at separate junctures throughout the narrative. One such interesting tale helps Milkha get selected for the defense sports team.

The film captures Milkha’s failures and victories along the way, all building up to a much hyped contest in Pakistan and why he won’t run in Pakistan. That is supposedly the film’s major and prime conflict which doesn’t connect you with his struggle. The intended suspense isn’t unpredictable or unforeseen, and you always have an inkling what is about to happen. And that’s the approach the makers have taken, they’re reaching a known conclusion by simply portraying Milkha’s journey and his outrightly likable demanour.

They play up his inner demons liberally and try to make the film all about it. Reasons for Milkha to run are presented to us and his urge to attain closure are what carry the film forward to its impending end. I usually don’t complain about a film’s running length if it is taut and riveting. BMB with all its heavy drama and beauteous picturization of the running sequences couldn’t warrant a three hour runtime if it hadn’t been for the number of subplots they’ve decided to show.

BMB is heavy on emotions and I am a sucker for them, but the dialogues couldn’t evoke the aimed empathy at times. Was it the writing or the delivery and casting, I gets hard to make out. Art Malik’s part as Milkha’s father was painful to watch for me, the extras were annoying especially towards the end in a press conference sequence. These flaws were more than compensated by Pawan Malhotra and Divya Dutta’s performances. Malhotra as Milkha’s guiding light is utterly captivating to watch.

Above all Farhan Akhtar’s acting grows on you, as you expect a typical loudmouth Sikh from him and instead he delves in his underplaying qualities and therefore helping Milkha’s character to grow. Not to mention his Hercules-like sculpted body. The amount of pain that his character is suffering, the strides in his run and his super sit-ups and push-ups finely accentuate Milkha’s disciplined drive for the sport.  For a period film, BMB doesn’t look particularly detailed. Binod Pradhan instead uses the easily available visuals and capitalizes on their unnoticed inherent appeal.

Is this a masterpiece by the standards of world biopics? No, it isn’t. Rather it grounds the title character. He is not an out-and-out-do-gooder hero, and the same can be said about the film. Bhaag Milkha … isn’t an enlightening lesson in history, it is more of a tale of true emotions and a story that deserves attention, not necessarily in this way.

My rating: *** (3 out of 5)

Dabangg 2

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Dabangg 2
Release date: December 21, 2012
Directed by: Arbaaz Khan
Cast: Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Prakash Raj, Arbaaz Khan, Vinod Khanna, Manoj Pahwa, Deepak Dobriyal

Before I start appraising/berating this movie, I’d just clarify that I am not going to waste any words and be all ‘straight to the action’ just like Bhai Salman or Salman Bhai.

Salman Khan’s character Chulbul Pandey is transferred from a small town to a comparatively larger town, and that’s what you expect from this sequel to Dabangg, to move to a higher level. But no. Director/actor Arbaaz Khan takes up the same mould as that of the first part and fills up the screen with almost repetitive gloss. There’s no room for the evolution of any of its characters, for example: Sonakshi’s still the same coy Indian bride, rather subsided, belittling everything that her “Thappad se darr nah lagta” line did in the prequel.

The plot is pretty much your standard 80’s ‘story’. Chulbul Pandey’s transfer to Kanpur ticks off the political bigwigs and goons alike, and a new ‘villain’ is born as Bachcha Thakur (Prakash Raj) and his brothers. One thing leads to another and just those two things happen and holy shit, you have the climax in front of you and you don’t even feel that major fight sequence brewing. There’s the shirt ripping too, but when you notice how desperately they’ve got to remove them, you’ll laugh. I laughed!

The only saving grace (?) could have been the lines and dialogue. But there’s not one memorable line that you’ll take along with you. So, a commercial entertainer without a thumping build towards the climax and all around short in most of the departments isn’t even a good ‘no-brainer fun flick’, right? Right!?

I know I am right. I leave this review the way I am leaving it so that you know how I felt when this film got over. INCOMPLETE. (Start singing this Backstreet Boys number, people)

P.S. Extra half star for the Fevicol item number.

My rating: *1/2 (1.5 out of 5)

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