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Film Review: 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag'
Indian Olympic running legend Milkha Singh -- otherwise known as the Flying Sikh -- gets the lavish biopic treatment in "Bhaag Milkha Bhaag," a rousing and handsomely crafted sports drama that's on sure footing when it sticks to the track, but falls short of its ambitions to turn Singh's life into a metaphor for fraught Indo-Pakistani relations in the years following the 1947 Partition. Boasting an appealing lead performance by director-turned-actor Farhan Akhtar and sturdy direction by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra (who explored similar themes of personal and national identity in his 2006 "Rang de basanti"), this global July 12 release should post solid returns for producer Viacom 18, if somewhat less than portended by the pic's high degree of advance hype.
July 12, 2013