On track

These days, actor-director Farhan Akhtar is addicted to running

Ever since he signed on Rakeysh Om Prakash Mehra's much-awaited Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (BMB), Farhan Akhtar hasn't stopped running. The actor-director is hooked on to it and has not missed a single day of running. Be it on shoot or off, his running shoes have been his constant companion. "Running is liberating. It's an exhilarating experience; one that gives me immense pleasure," says the actor, who is now looking forward to the film's promotions and release this July. Yes, he will be coming to Chandigarh, he promises.

For Akhtar, BMB is one of his career's most challenging and physically demanding roles. "Firstly, Milkha Singh is a living legend, and I have this colossal responsibility to do justice to him and the part of his life we are showcasing. It is not a fictional film, it is based on real-life incidents and a real man; and I would like Milkha Singh and his family to feel proud of our work," says Akhtar.

He agrees it's a once-in-a-lifetime role and for that reason, all other projects have taken a backseat, including directing a new one. "I had to be fit and focused to play Milkha Singh, and that meant training to a degree I have never experienced before. It took a lot of running and competing to get under the skin of this phenomenal man." In his many conversations with Milkha Singh, Akhtar says the one that struck him the most and helped him prepare for the character was when Singh said — "work hard and do mehnat." "Nothing else really matters. It's the same when it comes to films. Hundred crore clubs are good for business, but at the end of the day, successful, memorable, impactful films cannot be gauged by money meters," he says.

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