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Based on the biography of one of India's living legends, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag takes us through the trials and tribulations of a young boy Milka Singh who gets separated from his family during the India-Pakistan partition in 1947, and emerges to become one of the greatest athletes in Indian history.
Milkha Singh (Farhan Akhtar) gets separated from his family, who are killed during the mass religious violence in Punjab during the partition of India in 1947. He moves around in refugee camps, and he survives by stealing with his friends. He falls for petite Biro (Sonam Kapoor) who chides him for his vagabond ways. Love grows and he joins the Indian army to be able to earn a living and in order to marry Biro. While serving in the army he is noticed by one of his seniors who motivates him. The journey from being a refugee to survivor to a celebrated legend has not been easy. He overcomes many hurdles while treading ahead and is eventually appreciated for setting a new national record. His victory gets him a place on India's Olympic team. During the Melbourne Olympics in 1956, he meets the granddaughter of the Australian technical coach, and falls for her. This distraction becomes the reason for this defeat in the Olympics, and he is ashamed of himself. Embarrassed by his naivety, he approaches his head coach and finds out that the world record for the 400m race is 45.90 seconds. He sets this as his goal for the future, and even refrains from hooking up with a beautiful Indian athlete who hits on him. His persistence pays off, and he goes on to beat the previous world record for the 400m race with a time of 45.80 seconds. He soon goes on to win many championships to become the blue eyed boy of Indian sports and earns a nickname - ‘The Flying Sikh’. The then Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, declares a day’s holiday to celebrate his win in Pakistan!
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Pictures
Distributed By: Viacom18 Motion Pictures
Net: Rs 108.93 Crores