Milkha Singh is one of India’s few legendary track and field athletes. “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag”, directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, brings his fascinating story to life. Based on Milkha’s autobiography, “The Race of My Life”, writer Prasoon Joshi artfully weaves flashbacks of Milkha’s tragic childhood into the story of his adult triumphs and failures.
Milkha was born sometime in the 1930’s when India was still under British rule. In his early childhood, he was a member of a large Sikh family and had a special relationship with his older sister, Ishvar. Life, as he knew it, ended when he was orphaned during the brutal Partition of India and Pakistan in 1947.
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