In true Olympic spirit, athlete Milkha Singh, aka ‘The Flying Sikh’ is set to achieve new feats once again when his incredible life story is given the silver screen treatment in Viacom18 Motion Pictures and ROMP Pictures’ Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, releasing internationally on 12th July 2013 through Reliance Entertainment.
Many recall Milkha Singh as a world champion in the 400 meters, who infamously lost the penultimate race of his life – the 400 meters final at the Rome Olympics – but won in LIFE.
Milkha Singh’s life is a portrait of professional triumph over personal tragedy. 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.
This iridescent tale winds through the plagues of a bloody civil war where Milkha’s family were brutally killed during the violent and tumultuous India-Pakistan Partition era resulting in a lost childhood, homelessness, to a life of petty crime and victories hard won and easily lost.
The young Milkha builds his character by enlisting in the Indian Army, and through his Ustaad (teacher) learns some of life’s most precious lessons, that being to build his human spirit with perseverance, hard work and discipline. From his Army days, Milkha becomes a formidable runner with an awe-inspiring 96.5 percent winning ratio. Globally recognised as the ‘Flying Sikh’ and India’s original sports hero, Milkha Singh’s life is a colourful portrait of professional triumph over personal tragedy.
The film stars India’s most versatile multi-star, the critically acclaimed actor, producer, singer, writer, director and musician Farhan Akhtar [Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Luck By Chance] who essays the role of Milkha Singh for what is described as Farhan’s most demanding performance to date.
He is joined by Sonam Kapoor [Saawariya, I Hate Luv Storys, Aisha (Indian version of Jane Austen’s classic Emma)], Art Malik [BBC1’s Holby City], Rebecca Breeds [Home and Away] and is directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra (director of the Bafta nominated film Rang De Basanti, Delhi-6).
The inspirational story is penned by Prasoon Joshi and the soundtrack is composed by the award-winning trio Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy.
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag releases worldwide on 12th July 2013.