‘Udan Sikh’ Milkha Singh, who missed the Olympics by a small margin, had a deep connection with films

Milkha Singh was born in Punjab before independence.  (File Photo)

Milkha Singh was born in Punjab before independence. (File Photo)

Milkha Singh maintained friendship with the Kapoor family for many years. At the age of 91, he said, ‘Mera accha yaarana tha with Raj Kapoor. When I used to go to Bombay for running, I often met Raj Kapoor and he used to take me to RK Studio.

New Delhi. When Milkha Singh was ready to run on the track at the Rome Olympics in 1960, when Milkha Singh was ready to run on the track, Prithviraj Kapoor in India was doing ‘puja recitation’ for his victory. In an interview given to PTI in March this year, 61 years after the incident, India’s ‘Udan Sikh’ recalled his relationship with the Kapoor family.

Singh was suffering from Kovid-19 for a month and died in a hospital on Friday night. Singh, who was denied a medal by a narrow margin in the 400 meters in the final of the Olympics, maintained a friendship with the Kapoor family for many years afterwards. At the age of 91, he said, ‘Mera accha yaarana tha with Raj Kapoor. When I used to go to Bombay for running, I often met Raj Kapoor and he used to take me to RK Studio.

In an interview given a few days before suffering from Kovid, Singh had reminisced about his cinema, in which he also discussed why it is necessary to make films depicting the struggle of the sports world and its associated personalities. He was born in Punjab before independence.

Singh’s parents were killed during the violence during the partition of the country, after which he was forced to live in a refugee camp in Delhi. Milkha Singh grew up with India and made his mark with the emerging nation. He told that in the 1930s, when he was less than 10 years old, he used to go to see silent films with other children. His ancestral village Govindpura is today in Punjab, Pakistan. By the way, Singh did not watch any film after 1960. The 2013 film Bhaag Milkha Bhaag starring Farhan Akhtar was based on Singh’s life which he witnessed.

Singh used to have films of 1940-50 in his memory, in which his friend Raj Kapoor’s ‘Awara’ and ‘Shri 420’ were. ‘Anmol Ghadi’ starring Suraiya and Noor Jahan was one of his favorite films. In the interview, he also praised Akhtar and director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra for ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’.




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