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Has Bhag Milkha Bhag inspired young generation ?
The opening sequence of Bhaag Milkha Bhaag says it all...the script focuses on his defeat, rather than his soaring wins, writes Shobha De in her article on 21st of July. And this is one of those rare views of Shobha De, to which I agree. She has not moved beyond the first scene in her critique. I am sharing my views beyond this point.

As per my limited understanding, the purpose of the film was to inspire young generation. If inspiration was the case then I am wondering; how the following scenes will inspire young generation.

Your brother-in-law having sex with your sister. By that time the scene came on in the movie, it was clearly established that your brother-in-law was not treating your sister well.

Milkha Singh ji you need to explain: How do I explain that scene to my 12 year old son? How did it contribute in making you into The Flying Sikh?

Was it necessary to show your hotel escapade with the Australian Technical Expert’s daughter in detail to convey failure of your self-restraint on that one rare occasion in your life?

Milkha Singh ji you need to explain: How do I explain that scene to my 12 year old son?

If you had so much of self restraint, then ideally you should not have married at all. You should have lived a life of celibate in the memory of the girl whom you loved and who was married off forcibly, as per movie. “Self restraint” is important not only for an athlete but for all human beings. (All other being, except human being in this world have self-restraint as far as sex is concerned.)

I wish that the self-restraint shown in filming the scene showing your rejection of the lady swimmer’s advances was also shown while filming the above two scenes.

I and the world would surely have loved to know how you met Ms. Nirmal Kaur, a former captain of the Indian women's volleyball team in Ceylon in 1955, with whom you got married (according to Wikipedia). Maybe, you didn’t want to share that story with the world; and I respect your wish for privacy. In that case, you could have avoided your sister’s ‘bed time’ story too.

But, I was really unhappy that you didn’t disclose how you got into army and on whose insistence. You have done a great disservice to that person, who according to Wikipedia is your own brother, Malkhan Singh.

And, I wonder how cold blooded murder of parents, sisters could be avenged by crying at the same spot and then winning a race. How was all this so simple for you?

Yes, the scene can be interpreted as a kind of cathartic moment in your life where you face ghosts from past and by defeating a Pakistani you overcome them. But, I still believe that cold blooded killing of one’s parents and family members can’t be avenged by winning a race.I wish, sexual moments could have been less glorified and horrific cold blooded murders could have been given their due. At least the current generation would have understood the meaning of freedom and the price people like you paid for it.

These questions can’t be asked from producer, director, script writer of the movie because they belong to Indian film Industry who doesn’t understand morality or patriotism.

The film is about your life and you have always taken correct stand. e.g. while rejecting Arjuna Award you had said: "I have been clubbed with sportspersons who are nowhere near the level that I had achieved," and that the award had become devalued. Today, your bold stand sounds hollow.

Why Milkha ji Why?

You should have put your foot down. After all, it was your story. I am sorry to say that the movie on Pan Singh Tomar turned out to be more inspiring than yours. May be, your heart made your feet fail again.

An ardent but disheartened fan.

(About the Author: Sandeep Singh has worked in various positions in advertising agencies, media research organisation and as Vice-President with television channels. Sandeep gave up his Professional life in 2006 to document and spread Indian Way of Management. Some of his books are Business of Freedom, Indian Ocean Strategy. He can be reached at

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