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John to produce biopic on Punjab-born wrestling legend

PTI  Mumbai, February 07, 2014
First Published: 20:00 IST(7/2/2014) | Last Updated: 20:03 IST(7/2/2014)

John Abraham, who successfully turned a producer with 'Vicky Donor', is now gearing up to produce a biopic on Punjab-born Indian wrestling legend 'The Great Gama', in which he will play the lead role.

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Born in 1880 in Punjab, Gama, who remained undefeated his entire career spanning more than 50 years, was awarded the Indian version of the world heavyweight title on October 15, 1910. Parmeet Sethi will direct the biopic. "Gama is the only wrestler to have the distinction of being undefeated in his career span of 50 years and his story is yet not told to the world... We felt this made an interesting subject that should be highlighted and needed to be penned down. Since nothing so far has been made in his honour," Sethi said in a statement.

"When I thought about the film, the only actor who came to mind was John. While he has a great physique to go with the subject, there is something about him that is extremely honest and positive. It will be exciting for both him and me to work on this together since it's a different character and something he hasn't done so far in his career."

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