Talking to PTI at an award nomination party in Mumbai, Farhan Akhtar said, “I am fortunate enough to play an iconic person (Milkha) on screen. I will be forcing him to accept that I am playing his role. I think that will be enough." The actor added, "I have started running regularly. I am also going to meet Milkha Singh."
However, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is a biographical sports drama, inspired by the life of Milkha, one of the earliest sports icons of post-1947 India. The film, which is directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, will trace Milkha's childhood in today's Pakistan, the Partition and his achievements as an athlete in the independent India.