The film, directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra is a biopic of former Indian sprinter Milkha Singh who won two gold medals for India at 1958 Asian Games, and a gold at Cardiff Commonwealth Games the same year. He grew up in pre-partition Punjab and migrated to India at the time of the country’s partition and creation of Pakistan.
In the film, Milkha Singh’s family is shown getting massacred in the partition riots. In fact, ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ is in the film the last exhortation from Milkha Singh’s father to a young Milkha to run away from the rioters and save his life.
Reports say the Pakistani censor board is unhappy with the scenes of rioting. They have also objected to a scene in which Milkha Singh tells Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru that he won’t go to Pakistan.
In the scene, Farhan Akhtar (playing Milkha Singh) tells Dalip Tahil (playing Jawaharlal Nehru), “Mujhse nahi hoga. Main Pakistan nahin jaaunga.”
An official confirmation of the ban on Bhaag Milkha Bhaag in Pakistan is still awaited.