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Farhan spends closet days with athlete Milkha Singh

November 14, 2011 12:20:36 PM IST
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Farhan Akhtar is leaving no stone unturned to get into the character of Milkha Singh, the athlete he will essay in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's next film BHAAG MILKHA BHAAG. To prepare for the film that will go on floors in mid 2012, Farhan spent a couple of days with the athlete, better known as 'The Flying Sikh' in Delhi. The actor from Mumbai and the sportsman, who flew in from Chandigarh stayed in the same hotel in the capital.

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A source told, ''Farhan is an established actor now. He did not need to go through the basics. But it was important for him to have a long interaction with the athlete.''

However, this is not the first time the athlete has interacted with the cast and crew of the film. ''Singh has given a lot of inputs during the scripting by Prasoon Joshi,'' informed the source.

Milkha Singh's meeting with Farhan is not the last either. 'Now, Farhan has a good equation with Singh. They will meet again whenever required. The athlete will make Farhan understand the nuances of running and winning races and the various other elements of his successful career.'

When contacted, Singh informed, ''Haan, we'll meet again. Probably within a week. I want every child in this country to draw inspiration from this film and do what I did. The film should act as an inspiration for the kids of this country. They should make it to Olympics one day.''

According to sources, for the Movie BHAAG MILKHA BHAAG director Mehra has also written to various coaches in the country with the help of Milkha Singh. These sports consultants will prepare a training schedule for lead actor Farhan, who'll have to go through rigorous exercises for the same.

Singh revealed, ''Three filmmakers had asked me for my story. They all wanted to make a film on me. They were offering me lots of money. But I gave it to Rakeysh Mehra' (BHAAG MILKHA BHAAG) for Re 1. I trust Mehra. My son told me that we should share our story with him. Twenty percent of the film's profits would go to Milkha Singh Trust, which helps poor and needy sportsmen. I want this trend to continue.''

Farhan Akhtar remained unavailable for comment.


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