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Emotions run high after Soorma screened at Pune’s Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre

The film shows how Indian hockey player Sandeep Singh tries to make a comeback after accidentally being hit by a gunshot leaving him paralysed and the inmates of PRC thoroughly enjoyed the film.

pune Updated: Aug 13, 2018 16:31 IST
Prachi Bari
Prachi Bari
Hindustan Times, Pune
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A special interaction with Shaad Ali, director of film Soorma, was held at Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre.(Shankar Narayan/HT PHOTO)

A special screening of the recent Hindi film Soorma, a biopic on the Indian hockey player Sandeep Singh, was arranged at the Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre (PRC), Khadki on Sunday.

The film shows how Singh tries to make a comeback after accidentally being hit by a gunshot leaving him paralysed and the inmates of PRC thoroughly enjoyed the film.

Post the screening, a special interaction with Shaad Ali, the director of the film, was arranged.

“I was so moved with the actor’s efforts to stand up on his feet, that I cried,” said Samuel Raju, paralysed from below the waist. He is one of the 100 paralysed army personnel who are undergoing rehabilitation at the centre.

“It is a wonderful film and the struggle that the lead actor (Diljit Dosanjh) undergoes is something we also undergo daily. It is a very emotional film but also motivates us to never give up,” added the 2004 Paralympics discus throw gold medallist.

Director Shaad Ali was equally overwhelmed with the response.

“I am at loss of words. It is simply unbelievable. To screen my film here has been very fulfilling and a satisfying experience,”said Ali, while interacting with the inmates. Ali spent a lot of time discussing with the inmates about various topics. He happily posing for selfies and congratulating them on their achievements in various sporting events.The screening of the film was made possible because of Col Vikram Advani who is a trustee of the PRC. Alos present were Col Ram Advani a war veteran of World War II, Col Vijay Kaul, ceo, Queen Mary technical institute (QMTI) and Major General Priti Singh, Chairman, PRC.

First Published: Aug 13, 2018 16:19 IST