Mumbai: To understand his character in the forthcoming film ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’, Farhan Akhtar has been spending time with the film`s eponymous hero, athlete Milkha Singh.
Directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ is inspired by the life of Milkha Singh, one of the earliest sports icons of post-1947 India. The film will trace Milkha`s childhood in today`s Pakistan, the partition, and his achievements as an athlete in the independent India. Farhan will be playing the athlete. Singh also gave a lot of inputs during the scripting stage to writer Prasoon Joshi.
"We (Farhan and Singh) will meet again...probably within a week. I want every child in this country to draw inspiration from this film and do what I did....They should make it to Olympics one day," Singh said in a statement.
Twenty per cent of the film`s profits would go to Milkha Singh Trust, which helps poor and needy sportsmen, statement said.