Following the rave reviews it elicited from all quarters, the hugely appreciated Farhan Akhtar's Hindi movie Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, was exhibited at the seventh Asian Film Festival 2014 that is currently underway in Saudi Arabia.
The sports biopic which witnessed a simultaneous worldwide release on July 12 last year, is predominantly based on the life of the famous former Indian Olympic sprinter Milkha Singh.
Popularly known as 'The Flying Sikh', he was unfortunate to have missed out on the bronze medal for a third place finish on the podium by a whisker at the 1960 Summer Olympic Games held at Rome in Italy.
The legendary athlete's character in the movie has been essayed by reputed Bollywood actor and film-maker Farhan Akhtar. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag was among the 12 films which were chosen by the Asian Consulates General Club (ACGC) to showcase the rich cultural heritage that is prevalent in Asian countries.
Speaking on the occasion of the movie being shown at the film fest in the Gulf nation, the Consul General of India to Saudi Arabia Mr. Faiz Ahmed Kidwai, reiterated that the Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra-directed flick is not inspiring to the youth, but also carried along the message that real triumph can be achieved only by confronting one's problems, and not by escaping from them.
Conceived at a budget of Rs.300 million (US$4.9 million), Bhaag Milkha Bhaag garnered widespread acclaim from audience as well as critics. The movie was eventually proclaimed as a 'super-hit' both within the country as well as abroad.