Shahid on playing boxer Dingko Singh: His story is unbelievably crazy

first_imgDangal, Sultan and the recently released Gold have proven that sports dramas are a hit with Indian audience. From biopics on sports heroes to sport-based films, the genre has become a favourite with Bollywood filmmakers.And now Shahid Kapoor is set to step into the shoes of former boxing champ and Asian Games gold medallist Dingko Singh for Raja Krishna Menon’s next.Ngangom Dingko Singh, known as Dingko Singh (from Manipur) was the first and only Asian gold medallist boxer from India in the Bantamweight category. In 2013, he was awarded the Padma Shri.Dingko has been an inspiration to many boxers who came into the ring after him, and he is so passionate about the sport, that he went on to become a coach for young boxers. In 2017, he had to battle cancer and he struggled to raise funds for his treatment.Shahid is happy to bring the story of Dingko Singh on screen. Talking about his big project, Shahid told a daily, “The thing that I loved about this story is that he is one of those superstars who we don’t know much about. If a film like Dangal (2016) wasn’t made, we wouldn’t know as much about the Phogat sisters. Dingko is a cancer survivor, and he went through 13 rounds of chemotherapy. He has even gone on to say that his biggest win was surviving cancer and not the gold medal he won at the age of 19 at the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok.””In 2017, Gautam Gambhir became aware of his situation and sent money for his treatment. Soon, people found out who he was, and 13 doctors came forward to help him. He is a sports star who survived cancer. At some point in his past, he had almost become a Naxalite. His life story is unbelievably crazy; it is very human and extremely inspiring. Such amazing stories of heroes need to be told,” he added.advertisementCurrently, Shahid is awaiting the release of Batti Gul Meter Chalu.ALSO READ | Panga: Kangana Ranaut turns kabaddi player for next filmALSO WATCH | Shahid as boxer, Kangana as kabbadi player: Bollywood is in love with sports dramaslast_img

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