A long wait called Milkha…

Farhan Akhtar as Milkha Singh

Farhan Akhtar as Milkha Singh

I sigh and take a deep breath as I see the long awaited first look of Farhan Akhtar (my heart-throb) in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and he emerges in a roaring stadium … I hear the strong and powerful music at the background …. ” zinda hai toh pyala poora bhar le… ” and I let out a sigggghhhhhhhhhhhhhh ……..!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG.

I was reading his tweets all this while as he was shooting for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and as he described all his training sessions … his running practice in all seasons… how long have we all waited to see his look in this movie… so finally we did get to see. Well the movie is out on 12 July 2013. So that means it is a long wait further more.

It has many a promises to keep and looks like it will do so. The audiences did love the trailers and the public is talking about it. That is a good start.

A few months back in Febuary 2012 when gcaffe had written about the movie Paan Singh Tomar – it is at the same time when Bhaag Milkha Bhaag was launched … as I wrote …

… “Is it a coincidence that Bollywood is also chasing another legendary athlete with Farhan Akhtar gearing up to run on screen as Milkha Singh? This biopic also goes to the floor as this post is published.

To up his head, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra has just bought the Flying Sikh’s shoes that he wore at the 1960 Rome Olympics for Rs.24 lakhs.”

Milkha Singh - Farhan Akhtar

Milkha Singh – Farhan Akhtar

Come to think of it … this movie has taken a long time and is going to take another 7 months to release… wow.  Well I’m sure it is worth the wait and the effort put in by the team.

Born in 1935, the Flying Sikh as we all know him, Milkha Singh won Gold medals in 1958 Asian Games, 1962 Asian Games and also represented India in the 1960 Summer Olympics Rome and 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. He created history and is at present 77 years of age… forgotten till they decided to make a movie about him.

Since a kid I’ve been reading about so many people, such heroes who have brought glory to India and I have always wondered what have these people done after their careers ended… which eventually did end! Some I got to know became coaches or Directors of some sports complexes or some teams… how did they earn their daily bread… what about their families… how did they survive the change in the society norms … the changing times… the rules and regulations… !!!

I wonder did anyone ever look upon them ever, care for them, cater for them or gave them their due? Not only in sports in all fields I can say the same. Once the limelight is switched off sadly they just fade away into darkness and are forgotten. Same is the fate of all those who come and all those who go…

They do not look for money… respect is all they want and crave for. Sadly nothing is what they get. Well a few lucky ones are recognized and maybe glorified. Time will tell.

Till then … we wait.

It must have been very very tough for Farhan Akhtar to step into Milkha Singh’s shoes and perform and a bigger challenge for the Director Rakeysh Om Prakash Mehra to bring the whole life of The Flying Sikh on the screen. Farhan has truly metamorphosed into Milkha’s shoes and is so unbelievable. Best wishes from Gcaffe for the whole team of Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.

The Promo …


3 thoughts on “A long wait called Milkha…

  1. Pingback: Bhaag Milkha Bhaag – Triumph Of The Human Spirit | g caffè

  2. I haven’t been an avid sportsman throughout… an athlete too (sigh). Couldn’t agree more with your views.

    It’s travesty – as I point one case here – that our Chief Election Commissioner M.S.Gill, oh his retirement, was made Sports Minister.. and we had Commonwealth Games SCAM.

    Another important addition from my part would be — I had read Milkha Singh’s interview long long back wherein he had said he would not like his son to be an athlete.. for there’s isn’t much RECOGNITION (and money).

    Soon thereafter, we all came to know that his son – Jeev Milkha Singh – took to another ‘field’ i.e. Golf; and he remains one of the most outstanding Indian Golfers till date.


    • Thank You Neeraj. True. But there are mixed reviews on my post. I’ll have to write a sequel on the present condition of the sportsmen of our country…


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