Our very own multi-talented actor, singer and producer Farhan Akhtar, took to twitter the other day, to point out a mistake in West Bengal’s school textbook. The actor portrayed the role of athlete Milkha Singh with such realism that many are mistaking him for Milkha Singh.
The 44 years old actor who had assayed the role of sports legend Milkha Singh in the 2013 biopic “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag”, tweeted to point out the mistake. This image of Farhan Akhtar depicted as Milkha Singh has gone viral and the social media is taken by surprise.
An image was tweeted by a twitter user named Lyfe Ghosh which shows Farhan Akhtar’s image labelled as the sports legend Milkha Singh. Akhtar retweeted the image and called it a ‘glaring error’ and replace the textbooks at the earliest.
To the Minister of School Education, West Bengal.
There is a glaring error with the image used in one of the school text books to depict Milkha Singh-ji. Could you please request the publisher to recall and replace this book?
Sincerely. @derekobrienmp https://t.co/RV2D3gV5bd
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) August 19, 2018
This mistake left the twitter and the Internet shocked. Some shared condolences with the grave mistake while others laughed at it calling it a ‘dark comedy.’ A twitter user retweeted Farhan’s post saying, “This is comedy. Dark comedy. Satirical dark comedy. At first I laughed so hard.. Then I gave it some serious thought.. And then I laughed harder.”
This is comedy. Dark comedy. Satirical dark comedy. At first I laughed so hard.. Then I gave it some serious thought.. And then I laughed harder https://t.co/LA4TAZpRL3
— sanket porwal (@sanketporwal) August 19, 2018
Twitterati is kept on wait for West Bengal’s Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s reaction and reply to this ‘glaring error’ and ‘dark comedy.’
West Bengal textbook identifies Farhan Akhtar as Milkha Singh.
— Jagrati Shukla (@JagratiShukla29) August 19, 2018
Some are expressing gratitude, stating that it’s a relief that they didn’t put Priyanka Chopra’s picture as Mary Kom’s or else Nick Jonas will be in terror.
— Pratyush Patra 🖊 (@KalamWalaBae) August 19, 2018
Farhan also tagged Derek O’Brien, Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha MP and former Bourvita Quiz Master, to look into the situation.
On it. Thanks for the feedback.
— Derek O'Brien (@derekobrienmp) August 19, 2018
The West Bengal Education Minister, Partha Chatterjee reacted to the tweet and stated that the government would look into the issue. He told reporters in Kolkata, “We have been informed about Akhtar’s tweet. We are inquiring into it. We are trying to find out the details about the textbook, of which class and which publication. We will take necessary steps after getting all the details.”
Milkha Singh, popularly known as the flying Sikh was the first Indian to be winning an individual athletics gold medal at Commonwealth Games (1958). Akhtar’s performance in the biopic was really well received and critically acclaimed. The film won him two National Awards in Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment and Best Choreography Categories.