Milkha Singh passed away at 91 in Chandigarh on Friday. Several celebrities offered their condolences to the sprinting legend.
One of the most legendary athletes in the country, Milkha Singh passed away on Friday in Chandigarh due to COVID 19 complications. Known to the world as the Flying Sikh, Milkha Singh battled COVID 19 for about a month and tested negative for the virus lately however passed away due to its complications. A few days ago, his wife Nirmal Kaur, who was the captain of the Indian Nation Women’s Volleyball team had also passed away in Mohali due to COVID 19. The passing of the legend has left a void not only in the sporting community but the whole nation.
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Several Bollywood celebrities remembered the legend and paid their heartfelt condolences. Taapsee Pannu tweeted, “And he flew away”. Angad Bedi mourned the demise of the legendary athlete and wrote, “Oh waheguru”.
Priyanka Chopra Took to her instagram stories to mourn the demise of legendary sprinter, Priyanka Wrote, “Warm and welcoming, you made our first meeting so so special. I have been inspired by your excellence, touched by your humility, influenced by your contribution to our country. Om Shanti #Milkha ji. Sending love and prayers to the family. #MilkhaSingh.”
Raveen Tandon remembered meeting the legend and wrote, “Had the honour of meeting you Sir, you will always have a special place in all our Hindustani hearts ! Whenever we need to be inspired, “bhaag milkhe bhaag,” will resound in our ears ! Om Shanti. #milkhasingh #theflyingsikh #sonofthesoil”.
Actor Rahul Bose tweeted, “What a sad day for India, what a sad day for sport. In the long hours I spent with Milkha Sir I was always struck by his fierce determination and his even fiercer generosity. An inspiration, period. Rest in peace, Sir. We mourn deeply. Love to @JeevMilkhaSingh and the family.”
Akshay Kumar tweeted, “Incredibly sad to hear about the demise of #MilkhaSingh ji. The one character I forever regret not playing on-screen! May you have a golden run in heaven, Flying Sikh. Om shanti, Sir”
Farhan Akhtar had played the role of Milkha singh in the latter’s biopic, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, which released in 2013. It was directed by filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. The film chronicled the athlete’s struggles in his professional and personal life before he went on to attain glory. Penning an emotional note on the death of the legendary athlete, Farhan said, “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.”
Jaaved Jaaferi offered a tribute to the sporting legend and icon by tweeting the title song from the 2013 film ‘Bhaag Mikha Bhaag’ starring Farhan Akhtar. He wrote, “#RIP #MilkhaSingh ji. Grew up with him as the prime sports hero of the country. Condolences to the family. This song is a befitting tribute in your remembrance.”