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Milkha Singh wants Bhaag Milkha Bhaag to encourage youth

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Published: Thursday, February 23, 2012, 16:22 [IST]

Legendary sportsman Milkha Singh, whose life will soon be depicted on the big-screen in the film Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, says he wants the film to encourage the youth. The 76-year-old athlete, who was the first Indian to represent the country in 1960 Olympics in Rome, said the film should give birth to 100's like him, who can make the nation proud. Directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, the film stars Farhan Akhtar as Milkha Singh.

"I want Rakeysh and Farhan to make the film on my life in such a way that it inspires many...After watching the movie people should try and become the next Milkha Singh. It's upsetting that it has been 60 years and there is no other athlete who has been able to match up to my level. There has been a lot of struggle in my life and not many know about it. I hope the film also showcases that," Singh said.

Singh also said he has shared every detail of his life with Farhan and Rakeysh for the film. "I have told them every detail of my life so that they can show the real me on-screen... People just know me by my name and profession but don't know how much struggle and hardship I have gone through. I lost my parents at a very young age and it's not easy for a child to grow up without parents... But I was sure what I have to do and so I gave my life for it," Singh said.

Talking about his film, Rakeysh said, "It is a very special film for me...Milkhaji has been my idol and this is very important project for me...The film is not about athlete or sports story but it's a human story. It's about how dedication and hardwork can make anything possible." The film which hasn't begun shooting yet will be shot partly in Punjab. It also stars Sonam Kapoor in the lead.

Topics: milkha singh, rakeysh omprakash mehra, bhaag milkha bhaag, farhan akhtar
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