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  • Give it a standing ovation!

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  • ...pulsates with the storyteller's sheer passion all the way to the finish line.

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  • ...it keeps you in your seat all along with moments of victory and failure, of course but also with moments of emotion and introspection.

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  • This is an important film for many reasons. It radiates sincerity and it acknowledges and celebrates one of our heroes.

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  • Just for Farhan Akhtar alone, this film deserves a resounding applause. Nay, a deafening applause.

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  • Put on your patience caps for three hours, and try it. There’s enough bang for the bucks here.

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  • ...tries to inspire without getting too complex about it and succeeds. Just for that, it is worth a watch.

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  • When you're done watching Rakyesh Omprakash's epic effort, you'll come out of the theater wanting to run. And be a better person. This, right here, is the film's ultimate victory.

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  • Watch this film to realise greatness doesn’t lie in winning but in picking up the gauntlet.

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  • Farhan Akhtar offers the performance of a lifetime in a film that moves one to tears.

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  • It is a pity that Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, despite being about the life and career of one of India’s greatest sporting achievers, never makes for the kind of compelling viewing that it would have been had it relied solely on the drama inherent in the hero’s singular struggle against all odds instead of overlaying it with extraneous narrative trappings.

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  • ...an extremely dramatised, glossy version of a biopic which fails to connect owing to its extensive run time and exaggeration.

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  • ...this indecision to project Bhaag Milkha Bhaag as either a) a man dealing with the painful memories of his childhood in partition era, b) the blossoming of a happy-go-lucky army man into a superstar athlete or c) why an individual doesn't want to visit Pakistan overlaps too often in this three-hour plus, flashback-within-flashback drama to ruin a potentially promising premise.

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  • ...a film cracking under its own weight. If only Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra had ditched the self-serious tone and let the film breathe a bit.

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  • ...loses its essence under the grandeur of a big ticket Bollywood film.

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  • ...is more the overlong, overblown Singing-Dancing-Flying Sikh, than just the triumphal, true Flying Sikh.

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  • The climax is thrilling, but only if it hadn’t taken so long to reach there. And subtlety is an art, which still seems to be grossly underrated.

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  • The film itself is well intentioned and shines a light on an important figure. But it's too long and too unfocused to leave a lasting impression.

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  • Farhan’s terrific, the film melodramatic, mostly good but should have been rightly called ‘Chal Milkha Bahut Time Hai’ given its slow, indulgent pace.

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  • ...is the film equivalent of an authorized biography, which is written with the help and collaboration of the subject. A self-mitigating account, every defeat and every turn of events in the film has a sentimental, ingratiating slant.

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  • The film is more tribute than tale, and its gorgeous locales, skilled cinematography and uplifting music cannot prop up its flimsy plot.

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  • There’s always something happening, but very little perspective on why this man’s life demanded to be made into a movie.

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  • ...at best, a meandering, indulgent version of a real story.

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  • There is a compelling biopic hidden somewhere in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, about an athlete with a traumatic childhood facing up to and conquering the ghosts of his past. But the overwritten film mea­nders aimlessly.

    39

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