Sharing a throwback picture with Singh, Farhan wrote, ”Dearest Milkha ji,
A part of me is still refusing to accept that you are no more. Maybe it’s the stubborn side I inherited from you.. the side that when it sets it’s mind on something, just never gives up.
And the truth is that you will always be alive. Because you were more than a large hearted, loving, warm, down to earth man. You represented an idea. You represented a dream. You represented (to use your own words) how hard work, honesty and determination can lift a person off his knees and get him to touch the sky.
You have touched all our lives. For those who knew you as a father and a friend, it was a blessing. For those who didn’t as a constant source of inspiration and a reminder of humility in success.
I love you with all my heart.”
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi remembered him as a “colossal sportsperson who captured the nation’s imagination”. He tweeted, ”I had spoken to Shri Milkha Singh Ji just a few days ago. Little did I know that it would be our last conversation. Several budding athletes will derive strength from his life journey. My condolences to his family and many admirers all over the world.”
He further added, ”In the passing away of Shri Milkha Singh Ji, we have lost a colossal sportsperson, who captured the nation’s imagination and had a special place in the hearts of countless Indians. His inspiring personality endeared himself to millions. Anguished by his passing away.”
I had spoken to Shri Milkha Singh Ji just a few days ago. Little did I know that it would be our last conversation.… https://t.co/CmzAT2oMMx
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 1624042595000
He was 91 and is survived by his golfer son Jeev Milkha Singh and three daughters.
‘Bhaag Mikha Bhaag’ was based on the life of Mikha Singh, who was a Commonwealth Champion and ×2 400m Asian champion and an Olympian. While Farhan played the titular role, Sonam Kapoor, Divya Dutta, among others were seen in supporting roles.