Milkha Singh charges rupee one from filmmaker Rakeysh Mehra
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A One Rupee currency note printed in 1958 was the fee iconic athlete Milkha Singh accepted to let filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra base his next film, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. The film on Singh is not on sports but a story of the human spirit and is one of the most inspiring tales from our country. And incidentally, Singh took a meagre one rupee to sell the story of his life.
Rajiv Tandon, CEO, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Pictures Pvt. Ltd. says, "We wanted to give a priceless token of appreciation to Milkhaji for letting us tell his story through our film. We looked and looked for that something special for a very long time. Then we finally ended up sourcing a special Re. One currency note that was printed in 1958. That year independent India won its 1st Gold Medal in Common Wealth Games because of Milkhaji and he also won two gold medals in Asian Games. Milkhaji was very clear that he was not looking for money. All he wanted was that only Rakeysh should make the film. It should be made in such a way that it inspires more youngsters to earn medals in athletics."