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Just Rs 1 for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

A ‘One Rupee’ currency note printed in 1958 was the fee that legendary athlete Milkha Singh accepted to let filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra base his next film Bhaag Milkha Bhaag starring Farhan Akhtar and focusing on the human spirit in one of the most inspiring tales from our country.

Rajiv Tandon, CEO, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Pictures Pvt Ltd said: ‘We wanted to give a priceless token of appreciation for Milkhaji for letting us tell his story through our film. After searching for a very long time, we finally ended up sourcing a special Rs 1 currency note that was printed in 1958  — the year independent India won its first gold medal in Commonwealth Games because of Milkhaji, who also won two gold medals in Asian Games.’

‘While emphasising that he was not looking for money, Milkhaji had wanted Rakeysh to make the film and that too in such a way that it inspired more youngsters to win medals in athletics,’ Tandon said.

Reminiscing about his childhood days, Tandon said he remembered that when elders came home, they would present Rs 1 notes to children. ‘It was like gifting a blessing. We wanted to do the same for our film too and started out to source this special currency note.’ A source close to Milkha said that he was extremely moved on receiving this special token which was a like a souvenir for him.
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