After making a film on the hard hitting reality of the Kuwait evacuation, Raja Krishna Menon is all set to tell yet another real story. In earlier reports we had mentioned that the film will feature Shahid Kapoor in the role of a boxer. Now we hear that it will be inspired by the life of real life boxer Ngangom Dingko Singh aka Dingko Singh.
Ngangom Dingko Singh, who hails from Manipur, was the first and only Asian gold medal winner boxer from India in the Bantamweight category. Being a former Indian Navy officer, he was also awarded with the highest civilian honor Padma Shri in the year 2013. But his story is much beyond that. He is also a cancer survivor but he has struggled to fight the ailment not just physically but also financially.
Talking about this being one of his most ambitious projects, Shahid says, “The thing that I loved about this story is that he is one of those superstars who we don’t know much about. If a film like Dangal (2016) wasn’t made, we wouldn’t know as much about the Phogat sisters. Dingko is a cancer survivor, and he went through 13 rounds of chemotherapy. He has even gone on to say that his biggest win was surviving cancer and not the gold medal he won at the age of 19 at the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok. In 2017, Gautam Gambhir became aware of his situation and sent money for his treatment. Soon, people found out who he was, and 13 doctors came forward to help him. He is a sports star who survived cancer. At some point in his past, he had almost become a Naxalite. His life story is unbelievably crazy; it is very human and extremely inspiring. Such amazing stories of heroes need to be told.”
Shahid Kapoor has already started with the prep for the film. While he is juggling between the promotions of Batti Gul Meter Chalu and the shoot of Arjun Reddy currently, he is expected to kick off the biopic on Dingko Singh by the end of this year.