London’s Fauja Singh meets India’s Milkha Singh in Southall
4th July 2013, London: It was a starry evening in Southall when The Flying Sikh Milkha Singh visited Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurudwara to meet Fauja Singh, the ‘World’s oldest Marathon Man’. The community joined them in full force to serenade sporting icon Milkha Singh who in fact inspired Fauja Singh to start his exciting Marathon career.
The UK tour of Bhaag Milkha Bhaag was presented by Mr. Deepak Kuntawala, the multi-award winning entrepreneur who recently charted into new territory when he established DVK Global Entertainment Investment. DVK is the official Global Partner for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and the partnership with the film marks the fund’s official launch in July 2013 and its entry into the Indian film industry, after its successful foray into Hollywood when it brought the cinematic icon Al Pacino to the London Palladium for a sold-out audience with event in June 2013.
During the first ever international tete-a-tete between the two sporting legends, Milkha Singh and Fauja Singh were ecstatic to meet each other and Fauja Singh presented Milkha Singh with a special Sikhs in the City T-shirt as a memento.
Milkha Singh said ‘he feels honoured that Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra is directing the biopic based on his life and struggle, and hence decided to accompany him during the global promotions for the film’. The soon to-be released, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, which reveals the hardships and inspirational life story of the 78 year-old, features Farhan Akhtar as Milkha Singh.
BAFTA nominated film director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Bhaag Milkha Bhaag releases worldwide on 12th July 2013 through Reliance Entertainment.