Money was not Milkha Singh’s priority. They wanted Mehra to make this film. (File Photo)
In 1958, independent India won its first gold medal in the Commonwealth Games because of Milkha Singh and he won two gold medals in the Asian Games. Money was not Milkha Singh’s priority. They only wanted Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra to make this film.
Mumbai. The late Milkha Singh took only one rupee from director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra to make a film on his life. Farhan Akhtar played the lead role in this biopic named ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’. The special feature of the one rupee note was that it was printed in 1958, when these athletes won the first gold medal for independent India at the Commonwealth Games.
Rajeev Tandon, CEO, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Pictures Pvt Ltd, said in a statement- ‘We wanted to give a priceless token of appreciation to Milkha ji for telling the story through our film. We searched for something special for a very long time. Then finally we specially sourced the one rupee note which was printed in 1958.
The relevance of the note was that ‘In 1958, independent India won its first gold medal in the Commonwealth Games because of Milkhaji and he won two gold medals in the Asian Games.’ Money was not Milkha Singh’s priority – he wanted Mehra to make this film.
The great athlete wanted his biopic to be made in such a way that it inspires more and more youth to earn medals in athletics. Singh had also put a clause in the project, stating that a part of the profit would be given to Milkha Singh Charitable Trust, which was established in 2003 with the aim of helping poor and needy sportspersons. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag was one of the biggest blockbuster film of 2013 and received praise from both critics and audience alike.