India’s fastest runner, the legendary Milkha Singh, is running very fast again, this time at the box office. The biopic on his life Bhaag Milkha Bhaag has got a good response and the sprinter is bowled over by Farhan Akhtar’s depiction of him in the movie.
“He is exactly how I wanted to see myself on screen. Full credit to (director) Rakeysh Mehra for seeing me in Farhan. Many actors, including Akshay Kumar, wanted to play Milkha Singh. But Farhan has done ‘kamaal’. He has replicated me on screen. He even resembles me. The body language and discipline that Farhan adopted to play me... yeh koi maamooli baat nahin hai (it was not easy).”
The simple-hearted athlete cannot hide his glee at the turn of events. “My phone has not stopped ringing ever since the film released. I am getting hundreds of calls from all over the world. I am on the phone all day receiving congratulatory calls. ‘Badhaai pe badhaai aaye jaa rahi hai’,” Singh said.
He says his entire life story is not represented in the film. “If they had taken all the incidents from my life the film would have been at least 10 hours long,” he said.