Filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani, one of the producers of upcoming sports drama Saala Khadoos, intends to show the film to some distinguished personalities in sports to get their feedback. “We didn’t go the sports ministry to get any support. We have made the film and now since the film has been made, we wish to show it to numerous people associated with sports and if they watch and then talk about it, we’ll be delighted,” he said at a press conference.
Sports-based films are a rarity in the industry. Brothers was the only popular sports-based film last year but was a the remake of a Hollywood film. The previous year also had only Mary Kom which was appreciated by critics and audiences alike and even won a National Award.
The event also saw the unveiling of the film’s lead actor, Ritika Singh who plays a boxer in the film and is involved into numerous fight-related sports in real life.
Lead actor R. Madhavan, who is also one of the producers, said: “Because of Ritika, there was no instance when we had to do a retake of any scene. I worked with Ritika with complete love and support since I’m also the producer of the film.”
Madhavan plays the role of a boxing coach who transforms Ritika’s character from a fisherwoman to an aggressive boxer. The film is gearing up for release on January 29.
“I was crazy about martial arts. At at the age of three, I started training in karate. I never thought of acting ...Bollywood. I have not seen many films. When this offer came (I accepted it as) I liked the story,” Ritika told reporters at a promotional event.
Watch: Madhavan, Ritika in Saala Khadoos trailer
Madhavan is all praises for her. “We wanted a world-class boxer for the film who could act as well. She did a good job... there was no short that we had to retake in Chennai. There were times when she used to actually hit people...we had to tell her she doesn’t have to literally hit them...just has to act,” he said.
“There were instances when I have also got hurt...because of her. We had to tell her there is a difference between real and reel life,” he added. (With inputs from PTI and IANS)
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