Director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, whose last film was Delhi-6 starring Abhishek Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor has been on the lookout for someone to play the role of Milkha Singh, the legendary Indian athlete, in his next film Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. After months, Mehra has finally zeroed in on Farhan Akhtar to play the titular role. Farhan has been impressing critics and fans alike with his successes at the box office, including the recent blockbuster Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.
Joining Farhan Akhtar will be Mehra’s favourite Sonam Kapoor, which has added even more buzz to the film as this is a pairing that has never been seen before on the big screen.
Farhan will be undergoing training for the role in order to look the part of an athlete such as Milkha Singh. Farhan recently met with Milkha and his family in Punjab to gain more insight on the role. Filming will begin in February of 2012.