Farhan interacts with Milkha Singh for his role

Mumbai: To understand his character in the forthcoming film `Bhaag Milkha Bhaag`, Farhan Akhtar has been spending some time these days with the film`s eponymous hero, athlete Milkha Singh.

Directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, `Bhaag Milkha Bhaag` is inspired by the life of Milkha Singh, one of the earliest sports icons of post-1947 India. The film will trace Milkha`s childhood in today`s Pakistan, the partition, and his achievements as an athlete in the independent India. Farhan will be playing the athlete.

Singh also gave a lot of inputs during the scripting stage to writer Prasoon Joshi. "We (Farhan and Singh) will meet again…probably within a week. I want every child in this country to draw inspiration from this film and do what I did….They should make it to Olympics one day," Singh said in a statement.

Twenty percent of the film`s profits would go to Milkha Singh Trust, which helps poor and needy sportsmen, statement said.