This movie is based upon the true story of ‘Flying Sikh’ Milkha Singh.I had expected a lot from this movie and why not, all the reasons were present:
– Prasoon joshi was in charge of pen-work
-Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra was in charge of direction
-An inspiring and little known story to our current generation
-Farhan Akhtar’s dedication to this project.
I hate to say it but this movie isn’t the one , I was hoping .First of all when I saw ,it’s going to be a 3hr long film, I thought …cool !it’s going to be a long beautiful inspiring journey. In the end longevity or most probably director’s vision killed that spark.
I think, director’s try to make the movie inspiring as well as bit suspense killed the project. Viewer’s had problem in relating in what was happening. There were three things happening simultaneously: one lead’s starting days in Pakistan, second his turbulent stay and love with Sonam’s(*thank GOD! he didn’t exaggerated this part that much…was relieved) and last his athletic journey.
Movie starts with his Rome Olympic defeat and tries to show the real reason behind it (*sadly I didn’t believe it) with his journey and flashbacks. My problem with movie was, why didn’t he make a linear movie (like Paan Singh Tomar)? Viewers could have related much in this manner. Now, one incident that I would like to share: 2nd half, in one scene farhan is slapping himself in front of the mirror then one guy from the viewers shout; once more once more you wasted my money. I seriously fear this movie is not going to earn after the week end.
Must watch for Farhan’s acting and hard work in creating those packs (Too many candidates for Best Actor in a Leading role)
A special salute to Divya Dutta for his short yet powerful performance, such an underrated talented actor
Cinematography not that bad
If you are a sport fanatic
Overall Rating: 2.5/5
Iqbal will remain my favorite sport based movie in Bollywood.