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'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag' revives old Rewari Colony

IndiaGlitz [Saturday, May 25, 2013]

Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's biopic on the legendary 'Flying Sikh' Milkha Singh is one of the most exciting and much awaited projects. With Farhan Akhtar playing the lead role, 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag' is eagerly looked upon since it has several of firsts.

One of which is that the film brings back the popular and forgotten Railway colony, Rewari, which is now locomotive steam museum and known to house most of the steam engines available in India.

According to our sources, the production wanted to re-create Shardara biggest refugee partition camp of Delhi. Shardara has changed over the years and has a lot of dish antennas, telephone wires and so on. So the production team decided to the refugee town away from Delhi.

And so they rounded in Rewari; since it's not in use there are no dish antennas or cable wires or telephone wires. As a matter of fact, 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag' is first film to shoot at Rewari house colony that is abandoned for years.

Rewari gave the team a complete landscape of before partition without any modern trimmings.

All portions of Milkha Singh living in refugee camp and growing up have been shot in this place.

Did you know? Rewari Heritage Steam Locomotive Museum is the only surviving steam loco shed in India and houses some of India's last surviving steam locomotives. Built in 1893, it was the only loco shed in North India for a long time.

Indian Railways in December 2002 to revive it as a heritage museum. The shed was refurbished as a heritage tourism destination, its heritage edifice was restored and a museum exhibiting Victorian-era artefacts used on the Indian rail network, along with the old signalling system, gramophones and seats was added. The refurbished heritage museum was opened in October 2010. The engines are also available for live demonstrations.

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