Sports biopics are in trend in Bollywood. From Shraddha Kapoor to Ajay Devgn, all big actors are doing such kind of films these days. The latest actor to join the bandwagon is ‘Padmaavat’ (2018) star Shahid Kapoor, who has teamed up with ‘Airlift’ (2016) and ‘Chef’ (2017) helmer Raja Krishna Menon for a sports biopic on former boxing champion and Asian Games gold medallist Dingko Singh. The team is looking at starting the film sometime around April 2019.
Ngangom Dingko Singh, popularly known as Dingko Singh, hails from Manipur and has gone through several highs and lows in his personal and professional life. He was the first and only Asian gold medallist boxer from India in the Bantamweight category. In 2013, the Indian government awarded him the Padma Shri. Shahid is quite excited about the biopic.
Talking about the movie, Kapoor said in a statement, ” 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.”
Shahid Kapoor is presently busy promoting his forthcoming movie ‘Batti Gul Meter Chalu’ which is scheduled to release on 21st September 2018. It also stars Shraddha Kapoor and Yami Gautam in lead roles.