Sooraj Pancholi is heavyweight Hawa Singh
Sports films and/or biopics are the flavour of the season, for some time now. The latest on the platter is Hawa Singh, the first look of which superstar Salman Khan unveiled on Tuesday.
Hawa Singh was known as the father of Indian boxing and the upcoming film features Sooraj Pancholi in the lead. The film, set in Haryana, will go on floors soon and will be directed by Prakash Nambiar.
Sharing the look, Salman tweeted: “Hawa se baatein karega singh...”
Talking about the film and casting Sooraj as Hawa Singh, Nambiar said: “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 will trace the boxer’s journey from a village boy to a legendary figure in the world of boxing.
Recipient of the Arjuna Award and the Dronacharya Award, Singh 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 (1966 and 1970), a feat unmatched by any Indian boxer till date.