Indian cinema’s leading man Farhan Akhtar plays it tough in his new film Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, which tells the fabled tale of India’s track hero Milkha Singh, releasing on 12th July 2013.
The talented Farhan Akhtar takes his character Milkha Singh to the limit when he enlists into the Indian Army as a boy. The young Milkha learns some of life’s most important lessons from his ustaad (teacher) assigned to his platoon, expertly played by Prakash Raj. The subedaar (lieutenant) directs and instills courage into Milkha, developing his human spirit. It is during his army days that Milkha learns the skills of perseverance, hard work and discipline, which stand him in good stead when he goes on to become an Olympic athlete.
The pivotal army scenes were shot at the prestigious Rajputana Rifles Regimental Centre (RRRC), in the high-security cantonment area of Delhi. To assume the mantle of his character, Prakash Raj underwent a rigorous training programme, and was coached by Jawans to get a deeper insight into his role.
Continuing with the army theme, the makers of the film have released a third song from its eclectic soundtrack. ‘Maston Ka Jhund’ is a perky number, which gives us an insight into Milkha Singh’s life as a military man and his associations with his army mates. Farhan Akhtar filmed the video with 46 real-life military men to bring the emotionally stirring song to life and add authenticity.
Commenting on the film, Farhan Akhtar said – ‘I’m very excited about this film. As an actor, it was an immense honour to play a living legend and Indian hero that is Milkha Singh. I am so proud of the film, and I hope, in my humble attempt, I have done justice to Milkha and his achievements. For me playing this character was a gratifying and humbling experience.’
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag tells the inspirational story of Indian athlete Milkha Singh, aka ‘The Flying Sikh’, whose life is a portrait of professional triumph over personal tragedy.
Many recall Milkha Singh as a famous athlete who infamously lost the penultimate race of his life – the 400 meter finals at the Rome Olympics. An formidable runner, Milkha Singh had an awe-inspiring 96.5 percent winning ratio.
The film attempts to understand a catastrophic loss that was deemed a sure victory and explores through the darkness of disgrace Milkha Singh’s redemption and catharsis that came when he confronted his past.
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures and ROMP Pictures. Reliance Entertainment releases Bhaag Milkha Bhaag in cinemas internationally on 12th July 2013.