Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s much awaited upcoming film, based on Milkha Singh, has been getting a lot of interest from possible candidates for the lead role. Back in May when Mehra had yet to cast any actors for the film, the director explained, “Any actor would kill for the part of Milkha Singh. This kind of a subject comes to an actor once during his lifetime.”
Later, Akshay Kumar and Abhishek Bachchan were being considered for the role of the Flying Singh. Milkha himself, however, was pulling for Akshay. “I strongly feel that my role should be played by Akshay Kumar. Being a Punjab da puttar, he has the right physique and also acts well.”
However, after the hit Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Farhan Akhtar is now in the running. He has proved himself a talented actor and his physique would be a good fit for the athlete. While the actor could not be reached for comments, if he took the role, it would be his first foray outside his own production house Excel Entertainment.