Boxer Ngangom Dingko Singh is the next in line for an Indian sports icon to have the life, success and struggles to be cinematographed in a biopic.
Boxer Ngangom Dingko Singh’s life has all the ingredients for a Bollywood thriller. The boy from a remote, non-descript village in Imphal East district in Manipur rises from poverty and struggle to the stardom worth being decorated with the prestigious Civilian Award Padma Shri by the Republic of India. One of the country’s most illustrated sportspersons, Dingko had to fight back adversities right since the beginning of his life. He was brought up in an orphanage.
Dingko’s life is a story of climax and anti-climax. Struggle to stardom and battle for survival – full of drama, thrills and emotions for a perfect recipe to translate into a Bollywood thriller.
A uniformed soldier – a Navy Service Personnel – Dingko at one point in his life had almost embraced Naxalism. The only Indian boxer with an Asian Games gold till date, has also won a battle with cancer amidst the struggle to meet the expenses for his treatment.
Talented Shahid Kapoor with play the extremely talented boxer in the biopic, to be directed by the Airlift and Chef fame director Raja Krishna Menon.
The poor North-East boys’ journey from an orphanage to stardom had started with the Sports Authority of India’s Special Areas Games talent hunt team spotting this prodigy, who became a National Sub-Junior Champion at the age of only 10 in 1989. In nine years’ time since then, he was India’s first and only gold medallist boxer at the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok.
The biopics on Indian sports personalities have been a proven, successful model for the cinema business. If Mahendra Singh Dhoni had star attraction, Aamir Khan-starrer Dangal succeeded for its thrills and drama about how a Jat family in Haryana decided to throw the traditions out of the window to make its daughters international champion wrestlers. The film has beaten all box office records.
There is a long list of biopics in the offing like the one on India’s 1983 Cricket World Cup triumph where Ranveer Singh plays Kapil Dev, Harshvardhan Kapoor embracing rifles and ammunition to play Abhinav Bindra, Ajay Devgan gearing up to portray on screen legendary football coach Syed Abdul Rahim, Shah Rukh Khan coming up as Rio Paralympics high jump champion Mariyappan Thangavelu, Vikram Malhotra announcing a film of All-England champion and legendary badminton coach Pullela Gopichand, Shraddha Kapoor-starrer Saina Nehwal, besides films’ announcement on the lives of PV Sindhu, PT Usha, Jhulan Goswami and beyond.