New Delhi: Legendary Indian sprinter Milkha Singh passed away late Friday night due to post-COVID-19 complication. The entire nation mourned his demise and extended condolences online. The nonagenarian sprint icon died at 11:30 pm on Friday in Chandigarh. Fondly called The Flying Sikh, his story was shown on the big screen in the film 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag', where Farhan Akhtar played the titular role. The actor-filmmaker took to his social media pages and shared a photo with Milkha and penned a heartbreaking note on his demise.
In his note, 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," he wrote. "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," he added.
Farhan played Milkha Singh in a biopic on the late athlete. Directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehta, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag earned accolades from critics and was a hit with fans too.
The former Indian sprinter had tested positive for COVID-19 last month and was in isolation at his home in Chandigarh before he was admitted to the ICU of Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) hospital in Chandigarh.