'I'm more excited than nervous'

'I'm more excited than nervous'

Actor-director Farhan Akhtar, who is training hard these days to portray the legendary sportsman Milkha Singh in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, says he is not nervous to portray the icon on the big screen.

Directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, the film also stars Sonam Kapoor in the lead.

“I am lucky to have this role because it’s not often that you get to portray an icon on-screen. I am a lot more excited than nervous to take up this challenge. I am training hard for the film and not thinking how big this responsibility is,” said Farhan.

“The important thing is to focus on the work that is going on and to get myself physically, emotionally and mentally into the character. The excitement is carrying me through on a lot of levels,” said the actor-director.

The shoot for the film is yet to begin and Farhan admits that it is a challenging role but he does not want to divulge much about his training.

“I am hesitant to discuss too much. It is a part of any character that you play that you need to research and try to get into a good physical condition. This is obviously a little tough because we are trying to portray an extreme athletic but the most crucial thing is to get into the emotional state of mind of the person you are playing,” he added.

Milkha Singh, also known as the ‘Flying Sikh’, was the first Indian to represent the country in 1960 Olympics in Rome.

He was also awarded the Padma Shri in 1959 for his achievements.