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      Milkha biopic to go on floors this year: Rakeysh Mehra

      By Pti

      Mumbai, Feb 7 (PTI) Filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra says his next movie Bhag Milkha Bhag based on the life and times of legendary athelete Milkha Singh will go on floors in August-September this year, chronicling his arduous journey from a traumatised childhood to his moment of glory as the country''s ace runner.

      "Milkha Singh''s life story is extremely inspiring. I had read his autobiography and approached him with my wish to make a film on it. Prasoon Joshi has written the movie. We researched for two years about Milkha''s life and his past during our interactions with him in Chandigarh. All incidents have been captured in dramatised version for the film," Rakeysh told PTI.

      As a young kid, barely in his teens, Milkha saw his entire family hacked to death in front of his eyes during the rioting that took place on the Pakistan side of Punjab. And all he could see and remember was his dying father screaming to him .."bhaag ..bhaag Milkha bhaag" ( Milkha run), to escape from being killed by the rioters.

      The visuals of the dastardly act perpetually within him, his entire family killed before his very eyes, impoverished and alone, he ran across to the Indian side of the border and became one of the greatest ''runners'' of the country.

      Rakeysh said he was on the lookout for a new face or a relatively new face to play the character of Milkha Singh.

      "I had given Prasoon three four subjects to write a movie and he decided that he wanted do to Milkha''s story first," he said adding that he will produce the film as well.

      Rakeysh admitted that he felt the pressure to better his previous work after the success of RDB.

      He said he was not unnerved that his next release ''Delhi 6'' was not as successful as RDB.

      "The idea is to do good work to the best of your ability and results will follow but that is a different story. You don''t do your work for results you want to tell a story that is why you do the film," he added.

      According to him, a director should have something to say, a point of view and that too a unique one. The producer should keep the business of the film intact.

      "You can''t chase money in any business. I believe in chasing excellence in work and money will follow," he added.

      He said a filmmaker has to deliver entertainment to people by making good films at competitive cost.

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