The story of our nation’s pre-eminent athlete, Milkha Singh, is accorded the full-blown treatment that is complete with sprints to global locations (along with computer graphics :)) and elaborate choreographed dance set pieces. Even accuracy to period (1960 Rome Olympics) detail is praiseworthy.
Looking physically rigorous but constantly traumatized by his past, Farhan Akhtar’s portrayal of ‘Milkha Singh in turmoil’ is commendable. Milkha Singh’s interaction with his coaches, his aspirations to earn a glass of milk for breakfast, wear a blazer with the national emblem, and his meeting with Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru (Dalip Tahil) are also handled with restraint and authenticity.
Sonam Kapoor looks pretty and appears quite spontaneous through her acting performance. The songs are melodious and scenes are well pictured, that serve to be .. quite a relief from a monotonous narration of Milkha Singh’s life. Really, I slept off during the end of the movie. Patience is required to see this movie that is 3 hours+ in length.
Farhan Akhtar has made a good effort through his powerful acting performance.