Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013)

 ●  Hindi ● 3 hrs 7 mins

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Milkha Singh has been revered as one of India's greatest Olympians and is fondly known as 'The Flying Sikh'! 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag' is based on his true life story. The name of the film comes from the last words spoken by his father, which was to run to save his own life during the riots that occurred at the time of the Partition. Many of Milkha's family members lost their lives during the violence of the partition. Like scores of others, Milkha started his life in independent India as a teenager having lost everything, his family, his land, his fortunes; but, through sheer willpower and integrity rose to become one of India's greatest athletes. His story stands as a testament to the infinite possibilities within the human spirit to rise above adversity. His inspiring life illuminates the qualities of perseverance, strength, valor and integrity that he instilled within himself in order to reach the pinnacle of success.

Cast: Farhan Akhtar, Rebecca Breeds, Sonam Kapoor

Crew: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra (Director), Binod Pradhan (Director of Photography), Ehsaan Noorani (Music Director), Loy Mendonsa (Music Director), Shankar Mahadevan (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Drama, History

Release Dates: 12 Jul 2013 (India)

Tagline: Now you will see his Real Story

Hindi Name: भाग मिल्खा भाग

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as Milkha Singh
as Stella
as Nirmal Kaur
as Jawaharlal Nehru
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as Emperor of Japan
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as Milkha's Coach


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Dolby Atmos
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24 fps
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2.35:1, 2.39:1 (Scope)
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Now you will see his Real Story
Movie Connection(s):
Referenced in: Fanney Khan (Hindi)
Spoofed in: R... Rajkumar (Hindi)
Referenced in: Main Tera Hero (Hindi)
Referenced in: Bhoothnath Returns (Hindi)
Referenced in: Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania (Hindi)
Milkha sings the song "Nanha munna rahi hoon" while trying to woo Sonam. This scene is supposed to be in early 1950s but the song was released in 1962.

When Milkha is visited in Chandigarth by his coaches and is asked to come to Delhi to meet with Pandit Nehru, Milkha wears a baseball cap with a Velcro strip. Velcro was introduced in the early 1960s, but it was not sewn into clothing (except by NASA and fashion designers) until many years later.

When national flags are shown fluttering in the stadium, the new flag of South Africa is shown rather than the Apartheid-era South African national flag, which would have been the right flag at the time that the film story is set.

The "friendship games are supposed to occur in 2008", but one of the jeeps depicted is registered as 2008.

The movie is set in the 1950s but when Milkha visits Pakistan for the competition he rides a 2012 model Royal Enfield.

The signals shown in the background of Railway tracks are electronic but in 1950s the signaling system was semaphore system.

The movie is set in the 1950s but when Milkha's fingerprints are taken when he is released from jail, the date written on the form is 2013.

Factual Mistake
The movie implies that Milkha breaks the 400m World record in 1960 with his time of 45.8s. Although 45.9s was the 400m World record in 1948, Lou Jones set a new world record of 45.4s in 1955. Lou Jones then broke his own record and set a new record of 45.2s in 1956. Beating 45.9s was Milkha's personal goal, and he accomplished it many times, but he never set a World or Olympic record.

When the Indian team's coach writes the world record on the tissue paper, he writes the numbers 45.9 in double quotes(" "). When Milkha burns the paper, there are no quotes.
Milkha Singh challenged Farhan Akhtar to a race when they met for the first time for the film's research.

Milkha Singh presented the shoes he wore during the Rome Olympics to Farhan Akhtar during the film's shooting.

Athlete Milkha Singh provided the minute details of his life to director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and his team so that they could come up with a nuanced screenplay. Milkha charged just 1 rupee for his contribution to the film.

Farhan Akhtar underwent 18 months of rigorous training in preparation for the film.