On Tuesday, Milkha Singh handed over the shoes that he wore for the 1960 Rome Olympics to Farhan Akhtar, who will be playing Milkha Singh in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's most ambitious biopic on the athlete, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. Farhan was filled with gratitude and awe when he received the symbolic blue-yellow Adidas shoes of the greatest Indian athlete.
Director Rakyesh Omprakash Mehra and Viacom 18 had bought the shoes at an auction for a whopping Rs. 24 lakhs and gifted it to Milkha Singh. Milkha, in the company of his golfer son, Jeev, handed over the pair of shoes to actor Farhan at Chandigarh's Government College to mark the start of the project.
Milkha also took Farhan to the track of the Government College and explained to him the tricks of running like him.
An excited Milkha Singh said, "In my initial interactions with Farhan I realised he is the best man for the role. He has the same determination and grit as me. Farhan is the best choice for the film."
Added Jeev (Milkha Singh's son), "I couldn't have imagined anyone else apart from Farhan to play my father. In my first couple of interactions I felt internally he is a sportsman. Acting may be his profession but he is true sportsman in spirit."
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