By Subhash K Jha
MUMBAI: Showing an exemplary attentiveness to the film’s far-reaching inspirational impact, the Maharashtra on Saturday granted tax exemption to Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s exceptional bio-pic Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.
The speedy manoeuvre has taken Mehra by complete surprise.
Says Rakeysh, “We anticipated a tax exemption. But the fact that the Maharashtra government acted so speedily is very heartening. The film would now be accessible to those middleclass Indians who cannot afford the ticket prices at multiplexes. That thought makes me very happy.”
Rakeysh is hopeful other states (including Milkha Singh’s home state of Punjab) would follow suit and grant his amazing Milkha bio-pic tax exemption in the coming week.
Farhan Akhtar, who plays Milkha in the film, says, “I am extremely grateful to the Chief Minister and Revenue Minister of Maharashtra for their support in this regard. They’ve ensured that Milkhaji’s inspiring life would now be accessible to many more citizens in Maharashtra.”