Bollywood seems to have a strong connect with Indore. With many celebrities hailing from Indore, another Bollywood connection has come out that revolves around Aamir Khan’s next release ‘Dangal’.
Wrestler and Arjun awardee Kripa Shankar Patel Bishnoi (40) is the man who has been training Aamir in wrestling for the last one and half years.
Dangal is Nitesh Tiwari’s directorial biopic based on the life of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat and his daughters.
Born and brought up at Harsood village in Khandwa district near Indore, Bishnoi describes Aamir as an “obedient student”.
“He never throws any tantrums while training sessions. Even after a long day or injuries, if I ask him to practice few moves, he would do that without questioning or reasoning,” says Bishnoi, who coaches the junior Indian women wrestling team.
Not just this, Bishnoi was smitten by Aamir’s dedication and sincerity for the film.
He recounts how Aamir took his advice to quit smoking and alcohol, said, “He is called Mr Perfectionist for a reason. Earlier I thought that he would not be able to learn wrestling, but he proved me wrong,” Bishnoi tells Hindustan Times.
“Aamir trained for more than six months before the shoot began and continued training during the shooting. His schedule was exactly like that of a wrestler’s. If I didn’t like a particular move or he was not satisfied with a shot, he would shoot again till the time it looked perfect.”
Bishnoi was approached by Aamir’s production house in March, 2015 for the film. With Dangal’s release slated for December this year, Bishnoi, who has won a number of medals for India at international competitions, including the Common Wealth Games, is hoping for the wrestling scene to develop in the country.
“Dangal and Sultan are the only movies that have shown wrestling in its true form,” he says.
He further says that the film will also open gates for women wrestlers in the country. “Very few Indians encourage women for wrestling, especially because of the uniform. This film will change that perception too. People would hopefully want to see their daughters taking up wrestling as a sport,” says the wrestler, who has been in the sport for the last 34 years.
According to Bishnoi, 95% of the shoot has been completed. He is eagerly waiting for the film’s release to find out the effect it will have on wrestlers and their lives.