A couple of months ago, we had reported that ‘Padmaavat’ (2018) star Shahid Kapoor is gearing up to join hands with ‘Airlift’ (2016) and ‘Chef’ (2017) director, Raja Krishna Menon, for a film based on the sports of boxing. Kapoor will be seen in the role of a boxer in the movie. The latest we hear that the film will begin its production in December. Before that, Shahid will undergo a three-month rigorous training to play the professional boxer in the untitled movie.
A source close to the project reveals to a leading tabloid, “Shahid will begin the prep for Raja’s film simultaneously with the prep for his other film, the Hindi remake of ‘Arjun Reddy’ (2017) helmed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga. Both films require him to look lean and train in action. Raja’s team is currently on the lookout for a professional boxer who will train Shahid for the part. They are also looking for an actress to play his leading lady.”
When director Raja Krishna Menon was contacted, he also confirmed the development. “Yes, Shahid will be training for at least three months to portray the role of a boxer authentically on screen. He is a trained dancer and is nimble on his feet which will come in handy for this film,” he said.
Before commencing the shoot for the yet-to-be-titled film in December, Shahid will also start preparing for the Hindi remake of ‘Arjun Reddy’. The actor is currently in Dehradun, shooting for Shree Narayan Singh’s ‘Batti Gul Meter Chalu’. “After the ‘Batti Gul Meter Chalu’ dates got postponed, the schedules of his other films got pushed around too but Shahid is making up for it by working extra hours. Once back from the Uttarakhand schedule in Tehri and Dehradun of Batti (Gul Meter Chalu) in mid-June, he starts prepping for Arjun Reddy that goes on the floors soon after,” the source adds.
Shahid is also rumoured to be starring in KriArj Entertainment’s next, a remake of the classic black and white film ‘Woh Kaun Thi’ (1964).