Ranchi wrestler gets surprise call for Aamir’s Dangal

  • Prabhash C Jha, Hindustan Times, Ranchi
  • Updated: Jan 18, 2016 16:02 IST
Namita Kumari has never acted in films before and has only been focusing on her wrestling career. (HT Photo)

A Ranchi woman wrestler will be seen as a referee in Aamir Khan-starrer Dangal, a film based on wrestling in India.

Twenty-five-year-old Namita Kumari, a former wrestler and now a national coach, received a surprise phone call and an air ticket from Aamir Khan on Sunday requesting her to shoot for the film at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in New Delhi on Tuesday.

Namita had never auditioned for the role. She had no idea that during a recent national wrestling championship in Delhi, where she was refereeing, the filmmakers screened and selected her for the role.

“I am surprised...initially, I thought it was a prank, but realised its real after seeing the air ticket,” said an evidently nervous Namita, who works as a clerk at a postal office in Ranchi.

She has never acted in films before and has only been focusing on her wrestling career.

The filmmakers have yet not disclosed the duration of her character in the film, but she is looking forward to a memorable experience at the sets.

“I have been told that I have to act as a referee in a scene which shows a bout between two woman wrestlers,” she said.

The Jharkhand State Wrestling Association congratulated Namita for her selection in Aamir film Dangal.

“We all are astonished when she told us about the turn of events. This is really a proud moment for us as our women wrestler is getting a chance on silver screen,” a delighted JSCA secretary general Bholanath Singh said.

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