Bhaag Milkha... cut short for its global release
Director-producer Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra has shortened Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (BMB) for its international release. He has reduced the playing-time of the biopic by 30 minutes and said the new version is suitable for a no-interval format.
Everyone loved everything about Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, a film that chronicles the rise of Olympian athlete Milkha Singh, also known as Flying Sikh. The only area of quibble was the inordinate length of three-hour-and-10-minute.
And that has now been taken care of. Since there were no clearly demarcated areas in the narration that could be pruned down, and the songs carried the plot forward, Mehra and the film’s editor PS Bharathi went through the process of looking through the entire footage to zero-in on individual shots and scenes where the verbal exchange could be reduced. A challenging task but the job is now done.