Filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and actor Farhan Akhtar made the young contestants of singing reality show Indian Idol Junior drink a glass of milk each, as part of a promotional stint for their forthcoming movie Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.
The movie is a biopic on the life of athlete Milkha Singh, and
Mehra said milk was relevant during this promotion since, as a
child, Milkha Singh used to drink a lot of it. "Milkha Singh loved
milk since childhood and there were a lot of cows and buffaloes at
his house. He used to drink even his brothers' and sisters' share
of milk. He was quite naughty," Mehra said here.
The host of the show Mandira Bedi, and one of the judges,
composer-singer Shekhar Ravjiani also drank a glass each along with
the child contestants.
Mehra shared how milk was the reason Milkha ran his first race
after joining the army. "When he went to the army, he ran his first
race because as a rule, all those who stood 1 to 10 (in the race)
daily, would get one glass of milk daily as part of special diet.
So we thought there is nothing better than milk. There are kids
here, junior Indian Idols," he said.
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, releasing July 12, stars Sonam
Kapoor as the female lead.