Bhaag Milkha Bhaag director-producer Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra has shortened the film’s international release. He has reduced the playing-time of the film by 30 minutes and said the new version is suitable for a no-interval format.
The film chronicles the rise of Olympian athlete Milkha Singh, also known as Flying Sikh and everyone loved everything about Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.
The only portion of quibble was the inordinate length of three-hour-and-10-minute and that has now been taken into consideration.
Since there have been no clearly demarcated areas within the narration that would be cropped down, and therefore the songs carried the plot forward, Mehra and therefore the film’s editor P S Bharathi went through the method of looking through the whole footage to zero-in on individual shots and scenes wherever the communiqué can be reduced.
It was a difficult and challenging task but the job is now done. The decision comes as a surprise considering Mehra maintained that the story had to be told within the time-frame afforded by the script.
“Bharathi and I haven’t forced cuts into the narration. We wanted to bring the length down to a no-interval format, since there is no tradition of breaking a film into two halves in the West. To eliminate the interval-point for the international version, we had to re-edit the film.” said Mehra.