Farhan Akhtar is a man of many talents. From acting to direction to singing, Farhan Akhtar has done it all. While picking up the acting projects Farhan Akhtar makes sure that he does not sign a project just for the sake of commercialism but no content. The actor has a knack for strong scripts and one such example is Bhaag Milkha Bhaag where Farhan Akhtar portrayed the role of the former track and field sprinter Milkha Singh. Released in 2013, the film was appreciated for realistically portraying the obstacles faced by the Indian athletes in making it big.
Farhan Akhtar recently took Instagram to wish Milha Singh on his 90th birthday. In the birthday wish, Farhan Akhtar posted a picture of Milkha Singh from his young times with a heartwarming caption. Farhan Akhtar wrote, ‘Happy birthday to the ‘Flying Sikh’ .. love you Milkha-ji. Wish you good health and happiness always.’
During the making of this film, Milkha Singh himself gave Farhan Akhtar tips on running.
Milkha Singh was born on November 20th, 1929 at Govindpura which was a small town near Muzaffargarh. He was one of the fifteen siblings. Partition of India Pakistan cost young Milkha his parents, two sisters, and a brother’s lives. He joined Indian Military where he discovered his knack for the sport. Milkha Singh was the first Indian to win an individual athletics gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. The Olympian co-authored an autobiography with his daughter which inspired the filmmakers to create the film Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.
Farhan Akhtar essayed the role of Milkha Singh in the famous biopic. Farhan Akhtar was last seen working in The Sky Is Pink opposite Priyanka Chopra. Although the film did not do great at the box office, Farhan Akhtar’s performance was widely appreciated for being strong yet understated. These days he is working on another sports-based film Toofan where he is playing the role of a boxer. The film has also been produced by Farhan Akhtar and directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra.