Fortunate to play iconic role of Milkha Singh, says Farhan

Mumbai: Actor-director Farhan Akhtar, who will be seen essaying the role of legendary athlete Milkha Singh in `Bhaag Milkha Bhaag`, says he is fortunate to play the role of the `Flying Sikh`.

"I am fortunate enough to play an iconic person (Milkha) on screen. I will be forcing him to accept that I am playing his role. I think that will be enough," he told reporters here last evening.

To be directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, `Bhaag Milkha Bhaag` is a biographical sports drama, inspired by the life of Milkha, 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 and the actor-director is leaving no stone unturned to get into shape for the demanding role. "I have started running regularly. I am also going to meet Milkha Singh."