Milkha Singh charged one rupee for biopic!

New Delhi, Feb 5 (IANS) Flying Sikh Milkha Singh took just one rupee from Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra to allow him to make a film on his life. What's special about the currency note is that it was printed in 1958, the year when the athlete won the first gold medal for independent India in the Commonwealth Games.

Feb 5 2013, 3:26am CST | by

Milkha Singh charged one rupee for biopic!
Photo Credit: STRDEL, Getty Images

New Delhi, Feb 5 — Flying Sikh Milkha Singh took just one rupee from Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra to allow him to make a film on his life. What's special about the currency note is that it was printed in 1958, the year when the athlete won the first gold medal for independent India in the Commonwealth Games.

The biopic titled "Bhaag Milkha Bhaag" features actor Farhan Akhtar in the lead role and is slated for a July release.

"We wanted to give a priceless token of appreciation to Milkhaji for letting us tell his story through our film. We looked for that something special for a very long time. Then we finally ended up sourcing a special Re.1 currency note that was printed in 1958," Rajiv Tandon, CEO, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Pictures Pvt. Ltd, said in a statement.

The relevance of the note is that "in 1958 independent India won its first gold medal in Commonwealth Games because of Milkhaji and he also won two gold medals in Asian Games", added Tandon.

Money was not Milkha's priority -- he only wanted Mehra to make the film.

The legendary athlete wanted that "it should be made in such a way that it inspires more youngsters to earn medals in athletics", said Tandon.

A source close to Singh said: "The legend (Milkha Singh) was extremely moved. It (Re.one note) was like a souvenir for him."

IANS

Source: IANS

 
 
 

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/8" rel="author">Luigi Lugmayr</a>
Luigi is the founding Chief Editor of I4U News and brings over 15 years experience in the technology field to the ever evolving and exciting world of gadgets. He started I4U News back in 2000 and evolved it into vibrant technology magazine.
Luigi can be contacted directly at ml@i4u.com. Luigi posts regularly on LuigiMe.com about his experience running I4U.

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Bill Cosby Admitted Drugging Women For Sex
Bill Cosby Admitted Drugging Women For Sex
The deposition, which was taken on September 29, 2005, revealed some of most shocking details regarding Bill Cosby's assault allegations
 
 
Film is in Worst State Ever, Says Dustin Hoffman
Film is in Worst State Ever, Says Dustin Hoffman
Oscar-winning legendary actor, who is best known for his work in The Graduate, Tootsie, Kramer vs. Kramer and Rain Man, opens up about about why film is in decline these days
 
 
Hugh Jackman's Wife Won't Let Him Work with Angeline Jolie
Hugh Jackman's Wife Won't Let Him Work with Angeline Jolie
Hugh Jackman and his wife have one of the most publicized relationships in Hollywood. They are a relationship that many people look up to, and with good reason: they are absolutely devoted to each other. Well, his wife...
 
 
Demi Lovato Shares Video of Her Clumsy Fall
Demi Lovato Shares Video of Her Clumsy Fall
Singer Demi Lovato hit the ground at one of her Cool For the Summer parties. She shared a slow motion video of her clumsy fall on Twitter.