Farhan Akhtar replaces Milkha Singh in Bengali textbook picture

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first_imgKolkata: State Education minister Partha Chatterjee on Sunday said that the government will conduct a probe and take action if actor Farhan Akhtar lodges a specific complaint regarding an error in a textbook in Bengali language, where legendary athlete Milkha Singh, popularly known as the ‘flying Sikh’, has been depicted wrongly. Instead of Milkha Singh’s photo, the book has used Farhan’s picture, who played the role of the sprinter in the 2013 superhit Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. The actor has requested state Education minister Partha Chatterjee in a tweet to look into the matter. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeChairman of the syllabus restructure committee Avik Majumdar reiterated that the book is not taught at any government-run school in the state. “The error may be on the part of any publisher of books at the private level. I have talked with the officials of the state Education department and we will hold an inquiry,” Majumdar said. The syllabus restructure committee in the state oversees the books that are taught in government schools across the state. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned that a Twitter user, who goes by the name of ‘Lyfe Ghosh’, noticed the goof-up and shared the picture of the textbook page on the microblogging site and tagged the actor.Sharing the picture on Twitter, he wrote: “image of @FarOutAkhtar is portrayed as Milkha Singh in a West Bengal text book. Not at all shocked. Its become a regular incident here (sic).”Taking cognizance of the person’s tweet, Farhan urged Bengal’s minister of School Education to replace the textbook. He 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.” The actor tagged Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’ Brien in his tweet, who replied promptly on his Twitter handle: “On it. Thanks for the feedback.” Farhan thanked him in another tweet, saying he had tagged the MP because of his strong commitment to education.It may be mentioned that the actor had portrayed the challenging role of the legendary track athlete in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Bhaag Milkha Bhaag that had hit the theatres in 2013. Milkha Singh, one of the most successful Indian athletes, had scripted history when he took to the track in the 1958 Commonwealth Games.last_img

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