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Milkha Singh, known as Flying Sikh, charged rupee one for bio-pic – Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

February 7, 2013 | By

Ludhiana, Punjab (February 07, 2013): It is learnt that Milkha Singh, an athlete who was known as Flying Sikh, took just one rupee from Bollywood’s Scriptwriter and Film-maker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra to allow him to make a film on his life. What’s special about the currency note is that it was printed in 1958, the year when the athlete won the first gold medal in the Commonwealth Games.

Milkha Singh and Rakeysh Omparakash

The biopic titled “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag” reportedly features actor Farhan Akhtar in the lead role and is slated for a July release.

“We wanted to give a priceless token of appreciation to Milkha ji for letting us tell his story through our film. We looked for that something special for a very long time. Then we finally ended up sourcing a special Rupee One currency note that was printed in 1958,” Rajiv Tandon, CEO, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Pictures Pvt. Ltd, said in a statement.

As per media reports money was not Milkha’s priority — he only wanted Mehra to make the film.

The legendary athlete reportedly wanted that it should be made in such a way that it inspires more youngsters to athletics.

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