Farhan Akhtar mourns the death of legendary sprinter Milkha Singh, pens emotional note
Farhan Akhtar, who played Milkha Singh in his biopic, penned an emotional note on athlete's demise.
Mumbai: Legendary Sprinter and Padma Shree Awardee Milkha Singh, widely regarded as The Flying Sikh, passed away on June 18 after a prolonged battle with Covid-19.
He was admitted to ICU due to dipping oxygen levels. Milkha Singh's wife Nirmal had passed away on June 13. The demise of the athlete brought a wave of sadness in the entire sports fraternity and Bollywood industry. Farhan Akhtar, who played his role in biopic Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, penned an emotional note on the athlete's demise.
Milkha Singh died at 11.30 pm on Friday night; he was 91 years old. Farhan Akhtar wrote that Milkha will 'always be alive'. "Dearest Milkha Ji, A part of me is still refusing to accept that you are no more. Maybe it's the stubborn side I inherited from you.. the side that when it sets it's mind on something, just never gives up. And the truth is that you will always be alive. Because you were more than a large-hearted, loving, warm, down to earth man."
"You represented an idea. You represented a dream. You represented (to use your own words) how hard work, honesty and determination can lift a person off his knees and get him to touch the sky. You have touched all our lives. For those who knew you as a father and a friend, it was a blessing. For those who didn't as a constant source of inspiration and a reminder of humility in success. I love you with all my heart," he added. Farhan played Milkha Singh in a biopic on the late athlete. Directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehta, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag was applauded by critics and was a hit with fans too.