`Bhaag Milkha Bhaag` exceeded our expectations: Mehra

Mumbai: Olympian athlete Milkha Singh biopic didn`t get an overwhelming review, but the ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ Box Office success has thrown the movie business into a tizzy and its director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra admits that collection has indeed surpassed their expectations.

While in the first week Milka Singh`s bio-pic raked in approximately Rs.55 crore, in the second week it collected Rs.3.58 crore in Mumbai.

Said Mehra: "Our film`s reach has exceeded all our expectations. We knew Milkhaji`s story would have a resonant emotional impact. But we couldn`t have guessed it would reach so far and wide."

The immediate impact of the ace runner`s saga is a heightened interest in films related to sports and sportspersons.

Director Omang Kumar is shooting a bio-pic on boxing Olympic medallist Mary Kom with Priyanka Chopra in the lead role, while Ekta Kapoor has bought the movie rights of the life of cricketer Mohammed Azharuddin.

And a biopic on the life of legendary hockey player Dhyan Chand is in the pipeline.

Farhan Akhtar, who plays title role in ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’, said: "I am just so happy. Acceptance and recognition of one`s effort is such a wonderful feeling."