New Delhi: 'Aks' demonstrated that Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra has a different style of storytelling but success remained elusive to him till 'Rang De Basanti'.
His next film 'Delhi 6' divided the audience into two clearly demarcated arenas, one who were in favour of the film and the others. From songs to art direction, 'Delhi 6' catered to 'no so mainstream' sensibilities.
The director is back with his latest offering 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag' starring Farhan Akhtar and Sonam Kapoor in the lead. It's a biopic on legendary athlete Milkha Singh, who showed the way to many poor-yet-ambitious players of rural India. Mehra is also going to showcase the pain of partition and what it means to chase your dreams in a society that is still very hostile towards sports other than cricket.
The trailers of the film have generated a good buzz and the audience seems to be eagerly awaiting the film but the real test will happen at the box-office where it will have to a perfect blend of entertainment as well as documentation.
In recent times, we have seen many hugely publicised films doing average business, so 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag' needs to capture the attention of both mass and class.
9:59 AM: Stay tuned for the tweet review of #BhaagMilkhaBhaag.
10:01 AM: #BhaagMilkhaBhaag has been directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and stars Farhan Akhtar in the lead.
10:03 AM: #BhaagMilkhaBhaag also features Sonam Kapoor, Rebecca Breeds and Divya Dutta in important roles.
10:05 AM: Bollywood doesn't come up with biopics quite often but #BhaagMilkhaBhaag is a biopic based on Milkha Singh.
10:11 AM: The film will be a big test for Farhan and screenplay writer Prasoon Joshi. Prasoon has also penned down the songs of #BhaagMilkhaBhaag.
10:13 AM: What are your expectations from #BhaagMilkhaBhaag?
10:19 AM: If opening scene is an indication then the audience is going to witness a quality film. Superb opening. #BhaagMilkhaBhaag
10:26 AM: Actors and props look in place. Pavan Malhotra and Prakash Raj enter the scene. #BhaagMilkhaBhaag
10:31 AM: The colourful life of Milkha Singh begins. Hawan kund is electrifying. #BhaagMilkhaBhaag
10:40 AM: Mehra had used a similar technique in Rang De Basanti to show the flashback. #BhaagMilkhaBhaag doesn't use the usual black & white technique.
10:48 AM: Milkhya ban gaya India, Milkhya ban gaya champion. #BhaagMilkhaBhaag is engaging.
10:54 AM: There might be a bit of drama mixed in the story but #BhaagMilkhaBhaag seems like a simple man's extraordinary journey.
10:59 AM: The actor who is playing Milkha Singh's childhood is fantastic. A great acting potential. #BhaagMilkhaBhaag
11:08 AM: Divya Dutta's presence in a film gives #BhaagMilkhaBhaag an edge. The documentation is personalised though.
11:12 AM: Koyla kala hai chattano ne pala hai. Zinda hai toh pyala pura bhar le. #BhaagMilkhaBhaag
11:16 AM: Who would imagine for such a rock based in a period drama. Good work by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. #Zinda #BhaagMilkhaBhaag
11:23 AM: Wo noor ka jharna hai, main pyaas purani. Waah Joshi jee. #BhaagMilkhaBhaag can boast of good songs.
11:28 AM: Some scenes that are meant to evoke laughter are marred by character artists' over the top acting. #BhaagMilkhaBhaag
11:39 AM: The hard work put by Farhan is visible in his running style as well. #BhaagMilkhaBhaag also has Yograj Singh.
11:47 AM: At the half way mark, #BhaagMilkhaBhaag appears to be a promising film. Hope it doesn't get affected by the curse of second half.
11:48 AM: The story needs to attain more momentum in order to be more engrossing. #BhaagMilkhaBhaag
11:52 AM: The climax of #BhaagMilkhaBhaag will decide its fate on the box-office. Its predictability can hamper its chances.
12:03 PM: Sonam Kapoor looks beautiful but her acting skills need to be honed more but she is certainly evolving. #BhaagMilkhaBhaag
12:12 PM: So, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra makes an appearance as the captain of the ship. #BhaagMilkhaBhaag
12:18 PM: This dance sequence is hilarious but very well timed. Slow motion angreza. #BhaagMilkhaBhaag
12:25 PM: Sportsman ki zindagi zazbat se banti hai. Milkha's life has colourful snippets. Rebecca Breeds arrives. #BhaagMilkhaBhaag
12:37 PM: This film can turn out to be a game changer for Bollywood biopics and Farhan. The road was paved by Paan Singh Tomar. #BhaagMilkhaBhaag
12:41 PM: Pakistani singer Meesha Shafi makes her Bollywood debut in #BhaagMilkhaBhaag.
12:49 PM: Heavy dose of patriotism awaits the audience in the second half of #BhaagMilkhaBhaag.
12:57 PM: A woman photographer is probably modelled on Homi Vyarawalla. #BhaagMilkhaBhaag
1:05 PM: Is it culminating with a traditional Indo-Pak match? This will be disappointing after such a good build up. #BhaagMilkhaBhaag
1:13 PM: #BhaagMilkhaBhaag is over dramatic towards the end. But it can always please the masses.
1:22 PM: #BhaagMilkhaBhaag ends at a predictable point. The story of Flying Sikh comes to an end.
1:27 PM: #BhaagMilkhaBhaag is full of masala ingredients. It is likely to impress the audience.
1:28 PM: Acting wise, Farhan Akhtar steals the show. Divya Dutta impresses in a small role. #BhaagMilkhaBhaag
1:45 PM: #BhaagMilkhaBhaag opens as a promising film but later it refrains from being an in-depth film. Still, it's thrilling and very enjoyable.
1:47 PM: If entertainment is your quest then #BhaagMilkhaBhaag is the film to watch this week.
1:49 PM: Apart from one or two small glitches #BhaagMilkhaBhaag is more or less a well crafted film. Hope it starts a trend of biopics in Bollywood.
1:50 PM: Thanks for being with us throughout the tweet review of #BhaagMilkhaBhaag. Have a good day.