Post marriage, Vijender Singh chucked out of film

  • Navdeep Kaur Marwah, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: May 28, 2011 11:50 IST
  • Vijender Singh

    Boxer Vijender Singh is not a bachelor anymore! The Olympic bronze medallist has married Delhi girl Archana today at Delhi Flying Club in a simple ...

  • Wedding outfit

    The wedding outfit of the boxer is designed by designer Manav Gangwani, while his pretty bride Archana wears a Tarun Tahiliani lehenga.

  • Vijender Singh

    Vijender Singh is reportedly crazy about his beautiful wife's smile. (HT Photo)

  • Vijender Singh

    Honeymoon will have to wait, however, as Vijender Singh is right now concentrating on Olympics qualifiers. (HT Photo)

  • Vijender and Archana

    The duo kept in sweet and simple. They tied the knot at Delhi Flying Club. (HT Photo)

  • reception

    The reception to be organised at Vijender's native place Bhiwani on May 18 would be a grand affair.

  • Vijender Singh

    Vijender Singh met Archana four years ago.

  • Vijender Singh

    Vijender Singh was quite secretive about disclosing his wedding plans. (HT Photo)

  • Archana

    Archana is a software engineer and has also finished her MBA.

  • Vijender Singh and Archana Singh

    Relatives of groom Vijender Singh and bride Archana Singh during the wedding ceremony. (HT Photo)

Olympic medal winning boxer Vijender Singh’s Bollywood dreams may have just crash landed —  because he’s no longer a bachelor.

Sources reveal that the 25-year-old Haryana boy, who was to make his big screen debut opposite actor Govinda’s daughter Narmmadaa Ahuja in a with the working title Manchali, has been dropped from the project following his recent wedding to Delhi girl Archana Singh.

“Vijender’s sudden marriage made the filmmakers feel that he’ll not enjoy the same popularity among female fans. So, they are re-thinking the cast and have started looking for another face,” says a source close to the unit of the film, who wished not to be identified. 

The film’s launch was widely reported in March this year, and actor Govinda had confirmed Vijender’s debut with his daughter, saying, “Narmmadda’s co-star is boxer Vijender Singh, a good-looking chap.”

Now, the film’s director, Lovely Singh, denies that the casting was ever official. “We had never officially announced that Vijender will be in the film. We are working on the script and once that is final, we will finalise the cast.”

Vijender, who has been talking excitedly about his debut, has also done a U-turn. Refusing to confirm if he has indeed been dropped from the film, he says, “I have to concentrate on my boxing. Wait before you see me in films. Waise bhi itni garmi main kaun shoot karega?”

Commenting on the development, industry veteran Prahlad Kakkar says, “There is no denying that if a new actor gets married, the number of his potential female fans drops considerably”. 

Filmmaker Shirish Kunder says, “I don’t think dropping someone from a project just because he’s got married is right. It is quite foolish in fact, considering all our successful male actors are married.”

Critic Taran Adarsh says, “It’s ridiculous to drop someone for this trivial reason. Even married girls get lead roles these days.”

Rajini to fly abroad for treatment
Tamil superstar Rajinikanth, 60, who has been unwell for a month, will go overseas for further treatment. The actor has been suffering from acute gastro-intestinal and respiratory problems and might head out on Friday or Saturday. Hospitalised thrice since April 29, he has undergone dialysis and doctors say he is being kept under constant observation.


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