Milkha’s biopic director wants film screened in Pakistan

The film plays upon the theme of Partition and has Milkha, a star athlete participating in a competition in Pakistan.

Web Desk July 23, 2013
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag to be released in Pakistan. PHOTO: FILE

NEW DELHI: Indian director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra who just directed Bhaag Milkha Bhaag said on Tuesday that he is planning to release the film in Pakistan, The Hindu reported.

"One of my Pakistani friends had tears in his eyes after watching the film and he was confident that it will bring the two countries closer together," said the director.

The film is based on a yesteryear's star athlete Milkha Singh, who was also known as the "Flying Sikh".

"I was fascinated by Milkha right from childhood. I came across his autobiography in Gurmukhi. His son Jeev was instrumental in getting us the film's rights," said the director.

Mehra said that Farhan Akhtar, who plays the character of Milkha will also be visiting Pakistan along with the rest of the crew.

The director asserted that making the film was a challenge and forced him to "sell my Gurgaon flat and my wife's shares,". However, it is an important story, he added.

The film plays upon the theme of Partition and will have Milkha participating in a sports event in Pakistan. After all, the sobriquet of the "Flying Sikh" was given to the athlete by General Ayub Khan.

"Farhan will always be remembered for immortalising Milkha Singh on the screen just like Amjad Khan was known as Gabbar Singh in Sholay and Amitabh as Vijay in Deewar," said the director.


optimist | 10 years ago | Reply

@ Lala Jee

I understand from your comments that you have no idea what Pakistan is and have never visited BUT acting like an expert who knows everything about Pakistan is even worse. . You are not writing a text message. Atleast don't disrespect a well respected English newspaper.

Ayeshia Askanhi | 10 years ago | Reply

@Usman Khalid.....I am totally up for filtration of foreign cinema to help our own industry? You sound like a water filtration system that block dirty elements to purify the flow of water. Any kind of restriction deadens the society. Look at America it's the Petrie dish of immigrants from ALL over the world who enjoy a freedom their own country does not allow a country that through its 1st Amendment allows freedom of speech no matter how disgustingly vile, filthy, anti-religion or demeaning keeps a society free. A healthy society does not depend on anyones definition of what is deemed decent or indecent. It allows the individual to make that decision as censorship or banning restricts the flow of creative thought much of which has been lacking in Pakistan!

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