Farhan Akhtar may play Milkha Singh in Rakeysh Mehra`s biopic

Mumbai: Actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar is considering playing legendary sportsman Milkha Singh in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra`s upcoming film `Bhaag Milkha Bhaag`.

The film will trace Milkha`s life, from the childhood in today`s Pakistan, the partition, and his achievements as an athlete in free India.

For the first time in his career, Farhan is contemplating being a part of a film outside his own production house Excel Entertainment, Bollywood sources said.

Farhan made his writing and directorial debut with the 2001 cult hit, `Dil Chahta Hai`, produced by Excel Entertainment, the production company he established along with Ritesh Sidwani. In 2008, he made his acting debut with `Rock On`.

Earlier, there were reports of actor Akshay Kumar having been finalised for Milkha Singh`s role, but director Mehra said that the cast was yet to be decided.

The film will go on the floors next year.