When Milkha Singh called Farhan Akhtar in ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ a ‘ditto copy’ of himself

When Milkha Singh called Farhan Akhtar in ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ a ‘ditto copy’ of himself

Actor Farhan Akhtar has stunned the audience from time to time with his impeccable acting skills and unconventional roles. Talking about his films, he is still remembered for the hit sports drama ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ where he essayed the role of athlete Milkha Singh.

Recalling how Farhan nailed his character in the film, the Padma-Shri recipient Milkha Singh once told the Economic Times, “When ‘Bhaag Mikha Bhaag’ was released, no matter where I went — Australia, England or Canada, people around the world used to say Farhan is Milkha Singh’s ditto copy. I even went to see Farhan train during the film’s making and saw him run 100 meters in 11 seconds! He was not a professional athlete, but he trained hard to become one.”

Hoping to see more collaboration between Farhan and filmmaker Rakesh Omprakash Mehra, the ‘Flying Sikh’ also added that ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ was the first film he watched since the 1960s.

Meanwhile, Farhan will be seen in a similar and intense transformation for his upcoming sports drama which is also helmed by Rakesh Omprakash Mehra. While this time Farhan will be seen in the character of a boxer, it will also star Mrunal Thakur, Paresh Rawal, Supriya Pathak Kapur, and Hussain Dalal in pivotal roles.

While Farhan’s love for sports is quite popular, earlier he made headlines for helping the National level boxer and NIS-qualified coach who was struggling to make ends meet due to COVID, return to coaching young boxing aspirants.

Besides this, he has also extending help to several families and caregivers in Uttar Pradesh who have been hit by the second wave of the deadly virus in the country. Teaming up with an NGO, his donations are being used to feed needy patients and caregivers.