The Flying Sikh Milkha Gets A Royal Kick
A decorated soldier of the Indian Army, an award winning athlete, winner of the Padma Shri, pride of our nation.. We know him as the Flying Sikh aka Milkha Singh. He represented India in the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games and is the only male athlete to have won an individual gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. He was born in a small village called Govindpura, 10 kms from Muzaffargarh city in the Punjab province of British India. He was one of 15 siblings of which 8 died before the partition of India. His parents, a brother and 2 sisters were also killed during the partition. He moved from Punjab to Delhi and then joined the army on his fourth attempt after being persuaded by his brother.
Now, most of us have seen the brilliant ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’, a film inspired by the autobiography of Milkha Singh, ‘The Race of My Life’ written by his daughter and him. Singh sold the movie rights of his book for Rupee ONE and put a clause in the agreement that a share of the profits would be given to Milkha Singh Charitable Trust – a trust he founded in 2003 to assist the poor and needy sports people of India.
‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ was considered to be the second highest grosser of 2013 and was declared to have crossed the 100 Cr mark by trade analysts and also went on to win multiple awards. But it’s been a year and all Singh has received was the Rupee One he sold the movie rights for. Why? Unless the producers are coming up with content for a sequel .. Let’s see what they might call it?? ‘Flying Sikh gets a royal kick?’