Bollywood didn't do me any favours by making biopic: Milkha Singh tells Salim Khan


Apr 27, 2016 15:59:38 IST

New Delhi: Indian athletics legend Milkha Singh on Tuesday hit back at Bollywood superstar Salman Khan's father Salim Khan by saying that the movie industry hasn't done any favours by making a film on him.

Milkha Singh. Screen grab from YouTube

Milkha Singh. Screen grab from YouTube

Salim has tried to defend his son's appointment as the goodwill ambassador of the Indian contingent for the Rio Olympic Games.

The move to appoint Salman was questioned by several members of the Indian sports fraternity, including Milkha and 2012 London Olympics wrestling bronze medallist Yogeshwar Dutt.

In his bid to defend his son, Salim tweeted on Monday: "Milkhaji it is not Bollywood it is the Indian Film Industry and that too the largest in the world. The same industry which resurrected you from fading away in oblivion."

Salim referred to the soaring popularity the 80-year-old Milkha achieved after the release of a biopic on him named Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.

In reply to this, Milkha repeated the comments he had made two days ago.

"Let him (Salim) have his views. I don't have anything to say regarding this. I have already put in my views. All the members of the Olympic contingent are our ambassadors," the multiple Asian champion was quoted as saying by Times Now.

"The IOA should have thought of what's the need of the ambassador. I'm saying that the team who all are going whether it is shooting, wrestling, boxing or athletics, they all are our ambassadors. Out of 120 crore people in India, they have been our ambassador then what is the need of any other ambassador?

"It doesn't make sense to appoint someone in this role. If an ambassador is required, we have many great sportspersons, like Sachin Tendulkar, PT Usha, Ajitpal Singh, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore," he added.

Milkha, who finished fourth in the 400 metres sprint at the 1960 Olympics, continued: "It's okay they have made a film on me. I don't think that the movie industry has made a favour to me by making a film on my life. If they have any function, will they put any sportsmen as their chairman or ambassador? I gave my story for Re.1 and it is not a little thing. The movie made crores. If Salman Khan's father is saying that Milkha Singh has said anything wrong, then I don't agree to it, because the entire nation is saying that I am right and they are with me."

Updated Date: Apr 27, 2016 15:59:36 IST