Aamir Khan’s so down to earth. It’s wonderful meeting him: Babita Kumari

26-year-old freestyle wrestler, Babita Kumari, is elated to have worked with Aamir Khan on a film based on her Phogat family in Haryana, and is all praise for the humble star.

bollywood Updated: Oct 22, 2016 08:37 IST
Henna Rakheja
Henna Rakheja
Hindustan Times
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Babita Kumari with gold medal after medal ceremony of the women's Freestyle Wrestling 55kg Final match at the Scottish Exhibition Conference Centre during the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (PTI)

“Mujhe lambey baal ka shauk hai, par papa ne kaha baal badhaoge to kheloge kaise (I like long hair, but papa says if you grow your hair, how will you wrestle),” says 26-year-old freestyle wrestler Babita Kumari about Mahavir Singh Phogat, whose story will soon hit theatres in an Aamir Khan film. And the Phogat family can hardly wait to watch it. “We’re excited. If people see a film about wrestling, they’ll want to know about the sport,” says Kumari, who’s all praise for Aamir. “He’s so down to earth. We’ve met three-four times since he invited us on his TV show and it’s always wonderful,” she adds.

As for their portrayal in the film, Kumari says: “When we were narrated the story by (director) Nitesh Tiwari, we loved the fact that there was nothing fake in it. It was all about what actually happened in our lives.” Perfection matters to the young girl, who’s now training rigorously for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, as expectations are high. “People think if Phogat sisters have gone to a competition, toh kuch toh jeet ke ayengi hi. We, too, give our 100% every time,” she says.

Ask her about her hobbies, and Kumari shares, “I like to read books on freedom fighters and ones that are spiritual.”

Is Aamir her favourite actor? “(Laughs) Mujhe Salman Khan badey acche lagte hain (I’m fond of Salman Khan).”

First Published: Oct 22, 2016 08:36 IST