Biopic on the Father of Indian Boxing unveiled by Salman Khan

Sports films and rather biopics on sports personalities are the flavour of the season in Bollywood and along with a few exciting films announced on sports in recent past, a new story was unveiled by Salman Khan today featuring young Sooraj Pancholi as and in Hawa Singh who was better known as the Father of the Indian Boxing.

The first look of the movie was unveiled by none other than Bollywood superstar Salman Khan on his Twitter handle. The superstar seems mighty impressed by Sooraj for getting into the mind space of Hawa Singh and working on his body for the brawny look required in the film. Salman wrote: ‘Hawa se Baatein Karega Singh…’

The confidence of young actor in the poster as the Father of Indian Boxing was evident as the actor is all beefed up but the poster’s greater focus is on the earthiness of Haryana where the shoot took place.

Based on the true story of the iconic heavyweight boxer, the film will be directed by Prakash Nambiar while it will be produced by Sam S Fernandes and Kamlesh Singh Kushwaha.

Talking about the film and casting Sooraj as Hawa Singh, director Prakash Nambiar says “When I heard the inspiring journey of a young boy from Umarwas to becoming a legend of Indian Boxing, I was moved to the core. It was a story that had to be told.”

“When we were going through the possibilities of who can play Hawa Singh, we met Sooraj. We gave him a small brief and when he came back a couple of days later all prepared for the part, we didn’t see Sooraj, we saw Hawa Singh!”

Hawa Singh, a recipient of the Arjuna Award and the Dronacharya Award, had dominated Indian and Asian Boxing in his weight class for a decade. He won the Asian Games Gold medal in the Heavyweight category in consecutive editions of the Games at the 1966 and 1970 Asiads, a feat unmatched by any Indian boxer till date.

Hawa Singh also created a record of being the Indian Heavyweight Boxing Champion for a consecutive 11 years from 1961 to 1972. He is the only boxer, possibly in the World, whose three generations have excelled in Boxing.

The biopic of the celebrated boxer, that captures Hawa Singh’s journey from a naive village boy to a legendary figure in the world of boxing – is a keenly anticipated film this year.