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Bhaag milkha bhaag: I was adamant on attending the special preview of the movie,even if I had to do it on a wheelchair,says Flying Sikh’s wife Nirmal Kaur

Written by Nitin Sharma | Chandigarh |
July 12, 2013 1:36:42 am

Early on Thursday morning,‘Flying Sikh’ Milkha Singh’s wife Nirmal Kaur received a call from her son,Jeev Milkha Singh,from Scotland. The 41-year-old golfer had called his mother to remind her to watch him play in the Scottish Open,an event which he is defending,apart from the other important task later in the day. It was a day of the special preview of the movie ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ and with Jeev missing the preview show,Kaur did not want to miss the screening,despite being bedridden for the last one month,due to a surgery on her right leg.

“It is a special day for us. I was admitted to Max Hospital in New Delhi for surgery in June. Early this year,I slipped and fell in our garden and had undergone a surgery. But,the grafting was not successful. Hence,we got the surgery done again. I came to Chandigarh,last week,and wanted to be a part of the movie’s premiere. It means a lot to Sardar ji (Milkha Singh),and I was adamant on attending it,even if I had to go on a wheelchair,” said Kaur,who saw the movie during the special screening at a city multiplex on Thursday.

Kaur,a former Indian volleyball captain,first met Milkha Singh in 1955,during a championship in Sri Lanka and they tied the knot in 1962. It was an emotional day for Kaur,as she along with Milkha Singh and Farhan Akhtar,watched the movie. “Iss munde ne tasn kamal kar ditta (This man has done wonders). Whenever he met Milkha ji,he noticed every small detail carefully. And,the way he has acted in the movie is outstanding. It is nothing short of an Oscar-winning performance,” Kaur said.

Apart from staying with his wife in Gurgaon for the last one month,Milkha Singh also went to Mumbai and London for the movie’s promotion and said he wanted to be in Chandigarh for the movie’s premiere. “I wanted to be in Chandigarh during the release of the movie. I discussed it with my family and friends,and all of them were excited to watch the movie. I was in London last week for the promotion of the movie and youngsters there were also excited about the movie. It feels good to see people show interest in my story. We had a special screening for Army officers and jawans at Western Command HQ in Chandimandir. The film was also shown at 125 Army centres across India through satellite TV. Whatever I have been able to achieve is because of the efforts of the Indian Army and so,I wanted the movie to be screened for them,” said an emotional Milkha Singh.

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