11Bhaag Mikha Bhaag
‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ is undoubtedly one of the best films inspired by real life stories. Directed by the National award winning filmmaker and screenwriter, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, the film was based on the eventful life of Milkha Singh, an Indian Army soldier and athlete who was a national champion runner and an Olympian. Singh was also the only Indian athlete to win an individual athletics gold medal at a Commonwealth Games until discus thrower, Krishna Poonia, clenched the discus gold medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games held in New Delhi, India. The film got its major inspiration from the book ‘The Race of My Life’, which was co-authored by Singh and his daughter, Sonia Sanwalka.
The biographical sports drama ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ saw the very popular and multi-talented Farhan Akhtar getting into the shoes of Milkha Singh. He left no stone unturned in portraying the character in the best possible manner. Talented actors like Pavan Malhotra and Art Malik provided their full support to the actor by pulling off their roles amazingly well. The film also had Sonam Kapoor in an extended cameo.
‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ opened on 12 July 2013 across Indian and worldwide and garnered a positive response from critics and audiences alike. Critics rated this performance of Farhan’s as his career best till date. The actor received praises from all possible corners and went on to win the prestigious Filmfare Award for the Best Actress at the 59th Filmfare Awards. The film did not only get critical acclaim, it performed tremendously well at the ticket window also. Made on a budget of Rs. 30 crores, the movie made Rs. 164 crores worldwide. After its lifetime run, ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ was declared a super hit domestically and hit overseas. It was the sixth highest grossing 2013 Bollywood film worldwide and the 21st film to join the most coveted Rs. 100 crore club.
TRIVIA: Milkha Singh sold the film rights for just one rupee. However, he inserted a clause in the contract that the profits the film generates at the box office would go to the Milkha Singh Charitable Trust which assists poor and needy sportspeople. . .