Kolkata, Aug 20: A West Bengal school textbook depicting Bollywood actor Farhan Akhtar as the legendary athlete Milkha Singh has gone viral on the social media which in turn had the actor urging the state government to correct the error.
The actor took to the micro-blogging site and tweeted about the same requesting the Minister of School Education, West Bengal and Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha MP Derek O’Brien to take note of the same and correct the conspicuous error. Here is the tweet for reference which was re-tweeted by Akhtar.
Akhtar while retweeting the image, wrote, “To the Minister of School Education, West Bengal. There is a glaring error with the image used in one of the school textbooks to depict Milkha Singh-Ji. Could you please request the publisher to recall and replace this book? Sincerely.”
While West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said the government would look into it, Derek O’Brien took cognisance of the matter at the earliest and responded back saying that the error has been made by a private publishing company and the government was tracking the same to rectify it. He also thanked Akhtar for pointing out the glaring error.
Akhtar essayed the role of Singh in the 2013 biopic “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag” and received critical acclaim and many accolades for his performance as the legendary sprinter. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag also bagged two National Awards in Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment and Best Choreography categories. Farhan’s tweet collected over 1,700 likes and more than 400 retweets in a day and also garnered quite a few reactions from the Twitterati.
Singh, known as the ‘Flying Sikh’, became the first Indian to win an individual athletics gold medal at a Commonwealth Games in 1958.