Jigar Shah (MID-DAY; February 1, 2013)
The life story of legendary runner Milkha Singh is one of the most inspiring tales from our country. And incidentally, Milkha charged only Rs 1 to let Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra base his next film Bhaag Milkha Bhaag starring Farhan Akhtar on him.
Our sources say that in return Mehra went an extra mile to source a special Rs 1 currency note that was printed in 1958. The year was when the Flying Sikh got back medals from both Commonwealth and the Asian Games.
A source says, “Milkhaji was not interested in money. All he wanted was that Rakeyshji should make the film.” Rajiv Tandon, the CEO of Rakeysh’s production house says, “From my childhood days I remember when elders came home, they would present Rs 1 notes to the children. It was like gifting a blessing. We wanted to do the same for our film too and started out to source this special currency note.” Interestingly, Rajiv’s brother who works in a bank helped the film’s team to lay their hands on this ‘ precious’ Rs 1 note.
Sources say on receiving the special gift, the legend was extremely moved. “It was a like a souvenir for him,” adds an insider.