Directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag' is a biopic on The Flying Sikh - Milkha Singh. The movie is about Milkha Singh's determination and courageous spirit as an athlete. 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag' features Sonam Kapoor and Farhan Akhtar along with Divya Dutta in the lead roles. Director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra joined IBNLive readers for an interaction on his movie 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag'.
Q. Planning any remakes? Asked by: Manish Sharma
A. 'Mirza', 'Casual Kamasutra' are my upcoming projects. I make stories which connects me emotionally. Cinema for me is personal.
Q. Why you chose Farhan for playing Milkha? Asked by: satyendra
A. If you have seen the movie, you have the answer. I felt Farhan was the right choice.
Q. Did you take any inspiration from a story like 'Paan Singh Tomar' while making 'Bhaag Milkha Bhag'? Asked by: satyendra
A. Satya, I read autobiography of Milkha Singh, that inspired me.
Q. Hi Rakesh. You all time favorite Hindi film? Asked by: Manish Sharma
A. 'Do Aankhen Barah Haath'....movies in 40s, 50s even 60s...been my inspiration.
Q. What a lovely movie. Enjoyed the movie. The criticism of the movie being too long is unfair. each and every scene in the movie was required. thank you so very much and hope you keep entertaining us with such inspiring movies. Asked by: AKS
A. I'm glad you liked the film, thank you very much.
Q. I want to see a movie on Dhyan Chand and I think you are just the perfect person to direct :-) Asked by: kirti
A. I'm not sure right now. Milkha Singh's life inspired me.
Q. Did the censor board get to know of the Flying Sikh's history before screening to them for their approval of the movie? Asked by: sundar1950in
A. Nothing like that.
Q. Choice of Farhan Akthar to play the lead was due to the physique or acting talent? Asked by: sundar1950in
A. It was an instinctive decision, he was the correct choice.
Q. Any plans of a film with Aamir? Asked by: Anand
A. Nothing in the pipeline.
Q. Does it worry you that Farhan's story(getting into the character, which is indeed incredible) is getting more attention than Milkha's story on which u actually worked on? Asked by: Swapnil
A. Nothing to worry that, Milkha's work is again in limelight.
Q. Is it more difficult to direct a biopic than a complete fiction? Asked by: kirti
A. Not at all, once you believe in the subject it does not matter.
Q. Congratulations for making a great movie! I do want to make point though why did you highlight the Indo-Pak rivalry as far as most Indians are concerned Milkha Singh had never been identified with any rivalry and particularly Pakistanis. Was it to bring a positive ending to the movie? Asked by: Rajesh
A. It was a positive end, this movie was ending on a note of love between people of the two countries.
Q. Are you contributing any sum from the profits to any athletic association for developing athletes? Asked by: sundar1950in
A. Yes to Milkha Singh foundation
Q. You have good reviews. How is the movie doing commercially? Asked by: sundar1950in
A. With all the love and admiration the movie is getting from the audiences worldwide, it's a declared blockbuster.
Q. As a producer while taking consent of Milkha on his biopic, involved any Royalty to the Flying Sikh? Asked by: sundar1950in
A. He gave permission for just one rupee.
Q. Let me first congratulate you on the fantastic movie..'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag'..just loved it..I'm so very impressed and inspired...what is next on pipeline? Asked by: kirti
A. 'Raja And The Legend Of The Flute' written by me or 'Mirza Sahiba' by Gulzaar Sahab.
Q. How difficult it is to portray a real life character into reel life character where dramatization is also equally important? By the way congratulations for your directorial excellent 'Bhag Milkha Bhag'. Asked by: Kalpesh Brahmbhatt
A. Thank you very much, most important was my inspiration Milkha singh. From childhood I was inspired by him. Once you are inspired by someone the difficulty level does not matter.
Q. Hi Rakesh. Your favorite Director. Asked by: Manish Sharma
A. There are many. V Shantaram, Vijay Anand, Bimal Roy in India. Internationally, Akira Kurosawa and Steven Spielberg.
Q. Hi Rakesh. Your favorite foreign film? Asked by: Manish Sharma
A. Polish film-maker Krzysztof Kieslowski's 'Decalogue' is my favourite foreign film.
Q. While making a biopic, how difficult is to maintain that commercial paradigm while maintaining that original narrative? Since I felt during the movie that some how the incidents might seem unrealistic but you choose to give it that commercial approach towards those scenes. Asked by: Jai
A. If one has to see just a narrative, one can go for a documentary but cinema is a creative expression which has dramatisation.