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Milkha Singh’s life is an open book. There is hardly anything that people don’t know about me. What new would I tell you, my dear,” asks Milkha Singh as he places a tall glass of beer on the table in front of him.
We are sitting in a well-lit corridor outside the bar of the Delhi Golf Club. It’s noon, but the cold is bone-chilling. A warm beer, Singh holds, is his way of beating the cold.
Singh, natty in a grey cardigan worn over a white T-shirt and grey trousers, looks different these days. Unlike the image that I remember in black and white pictures of a turban-less sardar with hair tied up, he is wearing a nicely starched navy blue turban.
His beard’s dyed, but it’s still impossible to guess that he is 82. In his black golfing shoes, the legendary athlete who came near to winning a bronze in the 1960 Rome Olympics — and who’s now the subject of a Bollywood biopic — looks every bit a golfer, though of course it was the track that he once reigned over.
Though based in Chandigarh, he is a regular at the golf club. He has a handicap of 16, and gets to play with the Who’s Who of Delhi. “It used to be 8 when I was very active. But not any longer,” he says.
This is not the only time age crops up in our conversation. A gentleman well into his sixties walks up to Singh to tell him that he was a torchbearer in a sports meet at Delhi’s Sardar Patel Vidyalya where Singh was the chief guest way back in 1961. I later point out to Singh that he looks decades younger than the once awe-struck student. The sprinter says that’s because he’s young at heart. And he stays that way by following a simple method.
“I avoid old men. They are always complaining about life and its problems. I would rather spend my time with young people talking about the good things of life,” he says, taking a hearty swig. Of course, he also jogs thrice a week and hits the gym at his home regularly in Chandigarh.
Is he content with what he has achieved in his life so far? “I came from Lahore in 1947 hidden under a pile of dead bodies in a ladies’ compartment. I won several medals for India at the Asian Games and the Commonwealth, came close to winning a medal in the Olympics. I am leading a healthy life now. God has been very kind to me. What more can I ask for,” he replies.
That in a nutshell is Singh’s life. Having lost his parents during the Partition riots, he roamed the streets of Delhi and spent several nights without food, often fighting for scraps of rotis thrown at the refugees. He somehow landed a job at an auto spare parts shop in Delhi’s Kashmere Gate area. The salary was a royal sum of Rs 10 a month.
But his life changed after he got a job in the Indian Army as a non-commissioned officer. He re-discovered his passion for running long distances, something that he used to do as a child when he travelled 10 kilometres on foot to school in the town of Kot Addu from his village Gobindpur Kot, both now in Pakistan. He honed his running skills, and decided to concentrate on 200 and 400-metre stretches.
Within a decade, Singh had broken national records in 200m and 400m events and had also represented India at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. It was in Melbourne, after the completion of his athletic events, that he resolved to strive for the best. “I sat there on the track watching the best athletes from around the world winning medals. My performance wasn’t great, but I wasn’t overwhelmed. I told myself that I would never be an also ran. I promised myself I would do whatever it took to be the best in the world.”
So he ran with greater fervour, exercised even more and even fell sick straining himself. He used to pass out on the tracks, prompting doctors to warn him that he was putting his life in danger. But nothing stopped Singh. He continued — and the rewards followed, including gold medals in the Asian and Commonwealth Games in 1958.
But his main aim was the Olympics. In Rome — despite equalling the world record in 400m — he finished fourth, missing the bronze by a whisker. And a legend was born.
Meanwhile, he also found time to fall in love with Nirmal Saini, the captain of the Indian volleyball team, in 1956. “We were touring Sri Lanka for a sports meet, and I think it was love at first sight,” Singh recalls. But marriage was no walk in the park. The then chief minister of Punjab, Pratap Singh Kairon, had to convince Singh’s would be father-in-law. “He was a pucca Jan Sanghi, and he didn’t want his daughter to marry a Sikh. But he finally relented and we got married in 1961,” Singh says.
Singh is back in the news because of Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s film on the athlete. Over a year ago, Mehra had told me in an interview that he couldn’t sleep for days after listening to Singh’s life story. Singh’s golfer son Jeev persuaded him to give the go-ahead to Mehra. And now Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is one of the most awaited films of 2013.
“Four other directors had offered to make a film on my life, but I think Jeev really liked Rang De Basanti and he felt that Mehra was the right person,” Singh says. Although he was offered Rs 1.5 crore for the story, Singh just took a rupee from him.
Both Singh and Jeev had a few conditions though. “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag will not be released unless I watch and approve each and every scene of the film. A part of the film’s profits will also go to a charity,” Singh says.
The release of the film is still some months away, but he is surprised at the way Farhan Akhtar, who is playing the lead, has shaped up.
“He looks exactly like me in the pictures that I have seen so far. I think he has done a great job,” Singh says. Singh was in Mumbai just before the shooting started, and tutored Akhtar about the way he used to take off the blocks, how he practised and other details. After all, it’s not easy playing the role of The Flying Sikh — as Singh was known.
The sobriquet, he explains, was coined during a Pakistan tour. “The tour is a story in itself,” he says.
It goes like this. Singh defeated Pakistani sprinter Abdul Khaliq in a photo-finish in the 200m race in the 1958 Tokyo Asian Games. “Khaliq and Pakistan felt my win was a fluke and Khaliq challenged me to a re-match in Pakistan. I refused to go as the memories of Partition were too powerful.” But he couldn’t refuse one person. “Jawaharlal Nehru personally intervened and asked me to visit Pakistan. He used to love me like a son and I couldn’t say no to him,” Singh recalls.
So he went to Pakistan in 1960 with a team of Indian athletes that included Paan Singh Tomar, who later became a dacoit (and became the subject of a Bollywood film). As the star of the contingent, Singh was taken in an open jeep with crowds standing all along the 20-mile border from Wagah to Lahore.
The Urdu press played up the visit as a match between Khaliq and Milkha — Khaliq ki takkar Milkha se. The Pakistani government had arranged for maulvis to bless Khaliq, and as Singh was getting ready for the race he heard a maulvi bless Khaliq with the words: “Khuda aap ko dushmano pe fateh de” (May the Almighty help you in defeating your enemies). Singh turned and said, “Maulvi saab, hum bhi khuda ke bande hai — I am also a creature of God.” The maulvi blessed him too.
Singh won the race, and Khaliq finished third. Pakistani dictator General Ayub Khan threw a party for the Indian contingent and told the media gathered there, “Milkha Singh didn’t merely run in Pakistan, he flew here” — and the sobriquet was born.
After retirement Singh took up various assignments as a coach and sports administrator. But the greatest joy came — and comes — from playing golf. His son Jeev is a successful professional, consistently figuring in the top 100 of the world. “He was always good in sports, probably because he is Milkha Singh’s son. But it was golf that caught his fancy,” Singh says. I notice that Singh has this habit of speaking in the third person when he wants to emphasise a point.
Talent, according to Singh, is not India’s problem. “But our youngsters are not getting the right guidance,” he says, citing several cases where Indian athletes were caught taking drugs. He had gone to a National Schools Games meet a few years ago and says he was shocked to see changing rooms and bathrooms littered with syringes used by teenagers.
Singh maintains that a determination to succeed is the only drug that an athlete needs. “I can tell you with full confidence that if a sportsman has the will power, nothing can stop him. That’s the message from my life and that will be the message of the film,” he says and downs the final gulp of his beer. That’s a message for me. Milkha Singh’s friends are waiting for him outside, all ready with their golf carts. And the sprinter is ready to tee off.
|Bhaag Milkha Bhaag|
|Soundtrack album to Bhaag Milkha Bhaag by|
|Released||14 June 2013|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Label||Sony Music India|
|Shankar Ehsaan Loy chronology|
|Singles from Bhaag Milkha Bhaag|
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is the soundtrack album, by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, to the 2013Hindi film of the same name, directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra that stars Farhan Akhtar and Sonam Kapoor in the lead roles. The album features eight tracks, and was released digitally on 14 June 2013.
A.R. Rahman was expected to compose the soundtrack for the film as with previous two films of Mehra. But due to Rahman's packed schedules, Mehra opted for Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy trio, with whom he had collaborated before for various other projects. The reunion took place while Mehra visited the Kingdom of Dreams, where the trio had performed, and they brainstormed back at the hotel and came up with ideas for the music for the film.
The music rights were sold to Sony Music, who had produced the soundtrack to Mehra's earlier film Rang De Basanti.
The soundtrack was initially planned to be released on 21 June. However, due to increasing demand of the fans after the promos, Sony Music and ROMP decided to release the music online digitally a week before on 14 June. The album was officially launched later on 19 June, along with the films theatrical trailer. The function was attended by Milkha Singh and the films stars, Farhan Akhtar and Sonam Kapoor.
All lyrics are written by Prasoon Joshi.
|3.||'Mera Yaar'||Javed Bashir||5:51|
|4.||'Maston Ka Jhund'||Divya Kumar||4:34|
|5.||'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag'||Arif Lohar||4:29|
|6.||'Slow Motion Angreza'||Sukhwinder Singh, Shankar Mahadevan, Loy Mendonsa||4:20|
|7.||'O Rangrez'||Shreya Ghoshal, Javed Bashir||6:25|
|8.||'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (Rock Version)'||Siddharth Mahadevan||4:39|
The album received critical acclaim upon release. Joginder Tuteja of Movie Talkies gave the album three and a half stars, stating 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is a very good album and it wins on quite a few accounts, especially in the fact that it never loses sight of the film's theme. Moreover, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, who had not been in the Bollywood scheme of things for a while, return with a bang and demonstrate how they cannot be away from the scene for long.He also said that this album is not better than Mehra's previous movies Rang De Basanti and Delhi 6.'  Karthik Srinivasan of Milliblog!, in his 200 words review, stated 'The Amar-Akbar-Antony of Indian music open their 2013 account in style!'Music Aloud review praised the soundtrack calling it 'after Chittagong and Vishwaroopam, it is three in a row for Shankar Ehsaan Loy'.Glamsham, in their review, stated 'An album like this will indeed prove to be a plus for the film when it releases all over on 12th July.'
Stacey Yount of Bollyspice, in her review, noted '[.] what is so amazing is the range and versatility [Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy] show on this OST from pure classic Indian Bollywood, to Punjabi beats, to full on rock, they created a truly superb set of songs, many of which are some of the best songs they have done'.Mumbai Mirror's verdict said, 'Whipping up a delectable blend of lingering sounds and moods, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy once again show how a nuanced, unconventional approach can work wonders!' Rohwit of Time Out Mumbai described the album as ' a brilliant album with the right amount of adrenalin and love.'
Filmfare 's Devesh Sharma, in his four star review, stated, '.[Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy] have connected well with Mehra’s musical’s sensibilities and have given us a score that stands true to the film’s subject and is pleasing to the ears at the same time'. While Planet Bollywood, praised the album for its diversity, adding '[the] compositions will grow more and more with repeated hearings and moreover each song will take the narration of the movie forward rather than hindering the pace and acting as mere fillers'.
IANS review stated, 'Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy have tried to infuse life and story in every track. While the tracks, which are peppy, score high, certain tracks may fail to meet expectations of the listeners.' Suparna Thombare of Bollywood Life praised the composers, saying 'Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy have definitely come up with a winning soundtrack for this biopic on champion athlete Milkha Singh.'
The music topped the charts, with the album leaping to #1 position in ITunes Store,. while the track 'Zinda' topped the songs chart.
Mani Mahadevan, Raman Mahadevan, Suhas Sawant, Loy Mendonsa, Suzanne D'Mello, Keshia Braganza, Thomson Andrews, Leon D'Souza, Gwen Diaz, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Prasoon Joshi, Shankar Mahadevan.
- Vocal percussion: Taufiq Qureshi
- Drums: Jai Row Kavi, Gino Banks, Darshan Doshi
- Guitars: Ehsaan Noorani, Kuber Sharma (Djent Guitar) Rushad Mistry (Bass), Adi Mistry (Bass)
- Bouzouki, Banjo & Mandolin: Tapas Roy
- Tabla: Sanjay Vyas
- Dholak: Yusuf Mohammad, Wajid Ali
- Israj: Arshad Khan
- Album Mixing and Mastering: Ashish Manchanda
- ^'I remember there was a play opening in Delhi, The Kingdom of Dreams. The place was opening, this was four years ago and I bumped into Shankar and Ehsaan out there. They had sung for the opening night and I was there and we didn’t stay back for the after party we went to the hotel. I said ‘Hey you know what? I just met Milkha Singh and we are writing this story.' I spoke to them about it and we started talking music and then ideas came up. Then most of the music happened outside the studio.
- ^'Sony Music bags 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag' rights'. The Times Of India. 14 June 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
This is Mehra and Sony Music's second association after 'Rang De Basanti'.
- ^'On fans' demand, 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag' to have an online music release'. 14 June 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
The video of the song has received humungous likes and comments demanding the immediate release of the entire album. We along with Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Productions have decided to make the entire album available to fans earlier. We are supremely confident of the music and want fans to have access to it as soon as possible,
- ^'Teary-eyed Sonam Kapoor and Farhan Akhtar launch promo of Bhaag Milkha Bhaag - India Today - photo 12'. 20 June 2013. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
- ^ ab'Movie Talkies'. 14 June 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is a very good album and it wins on quite a few accounts, especially in the fact that it never loses sight of the film's theme. Moreover, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, who had not been in the Bollywood scheme of things for a while, return with a bang and demonstrate how they cannot be away from the scene for long.
- ^ ab'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag Music Review - BollySpice'. 16 June 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2013.
what is so amazing is the range and versatility they show on this OST from pure classic Indian Bollywood, to Punjabi beats, to full on rock, they created a truly superb set of songs, many of which are some of the best songs they have done
- ^ ab'Runner's High'.
- ^ ab'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag - music review by Mitesh Saraf - Planet Bollywood'. 5 July 2013. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
compositions will grow more and more with repeated hearings and moreover each song will take the narration of the movie forward rather than hindering the pace and acting as mere fillers
- ^ ab'Music Review: Bhaag Milkha Bhaag'. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
they have connected well with Mehra’s musical’s sensibilities and have given us a score that stands true to the film’s subject and is pleasing to the ears at the same time.
- ^'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (Music review), Hindi – Shankar Ehsaan Loy by Milliblog!'. 14 June 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
- ^'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag - Music Review (Bollywood Soundtrack)'. 15 June 2013.
After that blip called Teen They Bhai, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra is back to his awesome music days. And after Chittagong and Vishwaroopam, it is three in a row for Shankar Ehsaan Loy. Songs and music review of Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.
- ^'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag music review : glamsham.com'. 29 June 2013. Retrieved 29 June 2013.
- ^'Music - CD Reviews - Bhaag Milkha Bhaag - Time Out Mumbai'. 21 June 2013. Archived from the original on 18 July 2013. Retrieved 21 June 2013.
- ^'' Music review: Bhaag Milkha Bhaag'. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
- ^'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag music review: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy render a winning soundtrack! - Bollywood News & Gossip, Movie Reviews, Trailers & Videos at Bollywoodlife.com'. 24 June 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
- ^'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag music sprints to top charts'. Radioandmusic.com. 17 July 2013.
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