Last weekend I watched the movie “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag” (bhaag is Hindi for run) at Wave Mall. I have to say, the movie as well as the behind the scenes is…inspiring.
It is a 2013 Indian biographical sports film directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra based on the life of “Flying Sikh” Milkha Singh, an Indian athlete who was a world champion runner and an Olympian.
The movie shows Milkha’s childhood when Pakistan and and India were separated. It shows the pains he suffered including the loss of his parents, he saw his own father’s head being cut off by a sword. Then the wounds of his past haunt him during his youth. Gradually through remarkable willpower, perseverance,dedication and some really serious hard work he overcomes his flaws and becomes a renowned athlete. My personal favorite part of the movie is when Milka Singh trains in a sandy area surrounded by rocky mountains and pushes the limits of endurance.
I emphasized on hard work because Milkha Singh used to exercise until he could fill a bucket with his sweat.
Now let me tell you why is the ‘behind the scenes’ part inspiring. Farhan Akhtar, the actor who plays Milkha Singh in the movie, exercised really hard to get that muscular look you see in the poster.
Farhan Akhtar before Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.
Farhan Akhtar in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.
This change took place in 18 months. Inspiring, isn’t it?But whenever I think of exercising and snacks together, the latter prevails.
P.S. The auto correct for ‘bhaag’ (which is Hindi for run) is handbag.