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Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013)

  • Rate: 8.7/10 total 6,073 votes 
  • Genre: Biography | Drama | History | Sport
  • Release Date: 12 July 2013 (USA)
  • Runtime: 188 min
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  • IMDb page: Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013)
  • Rate: 8.7/10 total 6,073 votes 
  • Genre: Biography | Drama | History | Sport
  • Release Date: 12 July 2013 (USA)
  • Runtime: 188 min
  • Filming Location: Pattaya, Chonburi, Thailand
  • Gross: $647,112 (USA) (12 July 2013)
  • Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
  • Stars: Farhan Akhtar, Sonam Kapoor, Pavan Malhotra | See full cast and crew
  • Original Music By: Shankar Mahadevan  Loy Mendonsa  Ehsaan Noorani   
  • Plot Keyword: Runner | Army | Running | Sikh | First Love

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Prasoon Joshi 

Known Trivia

  • Sonam Kapoor, who plays Biro, said that she charged Rs 11 as her acting fees for the movie.
  • Athlete Milkha Singh, on whose life the film is based, charged Rs 1 only for his contribution to the film. He provided the minute details of his life to Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and his team so that they could come up with a nuanced screenplay.
  • Farhan Akhtar, the onscreen Milkha Singh, opted for rigorous training sessions lasting 18 months to get a chiseled body.
  • Pakistani singer-actor Meesha Shafi is making her Bollywood debut with the movie. She has earlier worked in Mira Nair’s ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’.
  • Former president of Pakistan, General Ayub, gave Milkha Singh the title of ‘Flying Sikh’, when he won a highly publicized race in Pakistan.
  • Milkha Singh presented his shoes that he wore during the Rome Olympic to Farhan Akhtar during the shoot of the movie.
  • Milkha challenged Farhan Akhtar for a race when they met for the first time during their research for the film.

Goofs: Anachronisms: The movie is set in the 1950s but when Milkha visits Pakistan for the competition he rides a 2012 model Royal Enfield.

Plot: The true story of the "Flying Sikh" – world champion runner and Olympian Milkha Singh — who overcame the massacre of his family… See more »  »

Story: The true story of the “Flying Sikh” – world champion runner and Olympian Milkha Singh — who overcame the massacre of his family, civil war during the India-Pakistan partition, and homelessness to become one of India’s most iconic athletes. Written byReliance Big Pictures


Synopsis: The film starts in the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, where a coach says "Bhaag Milkha Bhaag!", and the story is taken back to memories of the childhood days of a young boy which haunted him, resulted in him dropping to fourth. The partition caused chaos which resulted in war with the locals of Punjab in Pakistan, killing the parents of Milkha Singh (Farhan Akhtar). He reaches Delhi and later meets his sister there. Milkha soon makes friends and survives by stealing with his friends. He falls in love with Biro (Sonam Kapoor) but she asks him to live a life of honesty. Milkha finally finds himself in the army where he gets noticed by a Havaldar (Sergeant) after he wins a race in which top 10 runners will get milk, two eggs and excuse from exercise. He gets selected for service commission where he gets miffed and also gets beaten up by senior players whom he had defeated earlier, on the day before selection of Indian team for Olympics. In spite of being injured he still participates in the race, overcomes his pain and wins the race. His coach tells him that he has broken the national record.In the Melbourne Olympics he gets attracted to the granddaughter of his Australian technical coach, and after a night in a bar he sleeps with her. He loses the race, beats himself up and on the way back to India asks his coach to tell him what the world record for the 400m race is. He trains hard with a firm determination and wins in several places. Then Jawaharlal Nehru convinces him to lead the Indian team to Pakistan for friendly races. In Pakistan he misses the press conference and goes to his village where in a flashback it is shown how his parents were murdered and the last words of his father were "Bhaag Milkha Bhaag!" He starts crying and is confronted by a boy who turns out to be his childhood friend’s son. In the games, the Pakistani favorite is winning, when Milkha comes, overtaking opponents one by one,taking a convincing lead and winning the race and respect of both nation’s people. The Pakistani commander then gives him the title "The Flying Sikh".


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • P.S. Bharthi known as producer
  • Madhav Roy Kapur known as line producer
  • Rachvin Narula known as line producer: Thailand
  • Shyam P.S. known as associate producer
  • Rajiv Tandon known as co-producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Farhan Akhtar known as Milkha Singh
  • Sonam Kapoor known as Biro
  • Pavan Malhotra known as Gurudev Singh
  • Yograj Singh known as Ranveer Singh
  • Rebecca Breeds known as Stella
  • Divya Dutta known as Isri Kaur / Milkha Singh's elder sister
  • Dev Gill known as Abdul Khaliq
  • Hikaru Ito known as Emperor of Japan
  • Shanta Kumar known as Gen. Ayub Khan
  • Md. Sahidur Rahaman known as Rana (as Md. Shahidur Rahaman)
  • Raina known as Mr. Wadhwa
  • Prakash Raj known as Army Officer / Milkha Singh's coach
  • Yash Saxena
  • Meesha Shafi known as Perizaad
  • Nawab Shah known as Coach Javed
  • Shriswara known as Nimmi
  • Jabtej Singh known as Young Milkha
  • Dalip Tahil known as Jawahar Lal Nehru
  • Herry Tangri



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:

  • B. Blunt known as hair stylist
  • Vikram Gaikwad known as makeup artist
  • Namrata Soni known as makeup artist




Production Companies:

  • Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Pictures
  • Viacom18 Motion Pictures

Other Companies:

  • Acropolis  production design
  • Alvernia Studios  color grading
  • Alvernia Studios  sound design
  • Benetone Films  production services: Thailand
  • ReelSports Solutions  sports coordination


  • Mind Blowing Films (2013) (Australia) (theatrical)
  • Reliance Big Pictures (2013) (USA) (theatrical)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Firefly Creative Studio
  • Pixion
  • Tata Elxsi Visual Computing Lab

Visual Effects by:

  • Kinchit Desai known as visual effects producer
  • Mohsin Kazi known as digital compositor
  • Bharat Patil known as sequence lead compositor
  • Viral Thakkar known as visual effects supervisor: Pixion
  • Prashant Thakur known as compositing supervisor: Pixion



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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