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Farhan Akhtar, Dharmendra, Mohanlal remember ‘son of mother India’ Milkha Singh

Farhan Akhtar, who played Milkha Singh in Rakyesh Omprakash Mehra's Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, paid a moving tribute to the sports legend. Amitabh Bachchan, Mohanlal, Mahesh Babu and others mourned the loss.

Written by A. Kameshwari | New Delhi |
Updated: June 20, 2021 8:26:58 am
Farhan Akhtar on Milkha SinghFarhan Akhtar had played Milkha Singh in his 2013 release Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. (Photo: Express Archive)

Legendary athlete Milkha Singh passed away due to Covid-19 related complications on Friday in Chandigarh. The Flying Singh was a widely celebrated figure across the country, and with the 2013 biopic titled Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, he had gotten introduced a new generation as well. Farhan, who played the role of Milkha Singh in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, penned a moving post for the four-time Asian Games gold medallist.

“A part of me is still refusing to accept that you are no more. Maybe it’s the stubborn side I inherited from you.. the side that when it sets it’s mind on something, just never gives up. And the truth is that you will always be alive. Because you were more than a large hearted, loving, warm, down to earth man. You represented an idea. You represented a dream. You represented (to use your own words) how hard work, honesty and determination can lift a person off his knees and get him to touch the sky. You have touched all our lives. For those who knew you as a father and a friend, it was a blessing. For those who didn’t, your story was as a constant source of inspiration and a reminder of humility in success. I love you with all my heart,” Farhan wrote.


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Later in the day, legendary actor Dharmendra took to Twitter and mourned the loss of Milka Singh. Calling him the ‘son of Mother India,’ Dharmendra wrote, “The real hero, Milkha Singh THE GREAT Thumbs up you have left us forever !!! We salute you, Son of Mother India Flag of India. you will always be remembered with great love and respect. May your soul Rest In peace.”

Many other personalities such as Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan and Priyanka Chopra also took to their social media handles to express their grief.

Mahesh Babu mourned the loss of Mikha Singh. He shared via Twitter, “Deeply saddened by the passing away of sports legend #MilkhaSingh. A monumental loss for our nation.. His incredible legacy will continue to inspire athletes all over the world. Rest in peace sir.” Mohanlal called Milkha Singh “an inspiration to many.”

Akshay Kumar expressed that he is “incredibly sad” to hear about the demise of Milkha Singh. Paying him tribute, the actor said, “May you have a golden run in heaven, Flying Sikh.”

Amitabh Bachchan tagged Milkha Singh as the “pride of India.” He also termed him as a “greater human.”

Priyanka Chopra also mourned the loss of Milkha Singh. “Warm and welcoming, you made our first meeting so so special. I have been inspired by your excellence, touched by your humility, influenced by your contribution to our country. Om Shanti #Milkha ji. Sending love and prayers to the family,” she wrote via Twitter.

Here are the posts from other celebrities who paid their last tribute to Milkha Singh:

Milkha Singh had tested positive for the virus on May 20 and was admitted to a private hospital in Mohali on May 24. Singh had been discharged on May 30 before he was admitted to the Covid ward at the Nehru Hospital Extension at PGIMER on June 3 due to dipping oxygen levels. The former Indian athlete had tested negative on Thursday earlier this week and was shifted to the medical ICU.

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