Speaking in transit from Zurich, the film's director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra said, "I am on my way to Berlin. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, opens the Indo- German Film Festival. So the film's journey continues."
For international audiences, Rakeysh has prepared a shorter 2-hour version of BMB which he refers to as the "world version."
He saw the need to prune down the material in order to reach out to a wider audience. "It's easy to get self-indulgent and say, 'I can't remove a single shot from what I've already edited.' But my wife Bharathi (who edits all of Mehra's films) and I had to be ruthless. It's important to let the film reach as many corners of the globe and as many hearts as possible. For that I've sacrificed some footage. The larger picture is far more important than my creative integrity."
Farhan Akhtar was also supposed to join Rakeysh in Berlin. But he was unable to get away from the promotion of his new film Shaadi Ke Side Effects.