Divya Dutta: I can always remember my first gathering with Milkha Singh

Affectionately known as The Flying Sikh, Milkha Singh, spent away last night in the wake of battling the COVID-related inconveniences at 91 years old. Probably the best competitor, Singh, is the main one to win gold in 400 meters race at the Asian Games just as the Commonwealth Games. His excursion in sports motivated Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra to coordinate a biopic, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, on the one who made India glad on numerous occasions.

Bombay Times connected with Divya Dutta who tried Singh’s sister in the film that featured Farhan Akhtar as the notorious athlete. She said, “I do have affectionate recollections with Milkha Singh. I can’t fail to remember the principal day I met him. It was at Mr Mehra’s office where Farhan and I met him. It was so ideal to get an understanding into his life, his story, his relationship and so forth In spite of the fact that it was the main gathering it seemed like you were meeting somebody you know since quite a while. He was so loaded with life. For me this talk assisted me with investigating the condition he had with his sister (her part in the film).”

She adds, “When you are doing a biopic and you have the legend, on whom the film is based, sitting close to you sharing tales and stories it simply feels dreamlike. It happens infrequently that you are sitting with the man whose story you are telling. He was giving his experiences about the individual (his sister) and I need to mirror the entirety of that on the big screen in my own specific manner.”

Divya can’t fail to remember the response she got from Singh after he saw her depiction of his sister on the big screen. “During the debut of the film I sat directly close to him. I was enthusiastically hanging tight for his input. Everything I could see was a man who was cheerful, enthusiastic, overpowered and sad watching the film.

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