While Sushant Singh Rajput is all set for 'MS Dhoni: The Untold Story' and Aamir Khan is gearing up for a Christmas release for 'Dangal' buzz is yet another Bollywood actor is in talks for a sports biopic.
If reports are to be believed then John Abraham has been approached to play Captain Hawa Singh, the boxing legend who has trained boxers like Vijender Singh, Akhil Kumar and others.
Singh, a six-foot-one boxer joined the army in 1956 at 19, and four years later, bested reigning champion Mohabbat Singh to win the Western Command Boxing Championship. He dominated the national circuit with 11 consecutive cham-pionships from 1961 to 1972, a record yet to be challenged in the Heavyweight category.
He couldn't go to Jakarta for the Asian Games in 1962 due to border problems with China, but represented India in the '66 and '70 in Bangkok, winning two consecutive gold medals. Even in the '74 Tehran Games, he knocked out his Iranian opponent in the final round but because of a refereeing mistake, the host nation's boxer, Bura, was hand-ed the fight in one the biggest faux paus in boxing history.
A Mumbai Mirror report quoted a source saying, "The makers haven't approached Vijender yet but will if needed. They plan to shoot in Delhi, Vaishnodevi, Haryana, including his village Umarvas, and Thailand. They will also use actual boxers, will fly them down from Pakistan, Bangladesh and other countries. This is not the story of an underdog but a champ who was never defeat-ed in the ring but lost to politics, with a love story woven in."
Sam Fernandez, former COO of Vidhu Vinod Chopra who enjoyed a stint with 20th Century Fox, has bought the rights to Hawa Singh's story. He will produce the film with his partner, John and a studio. The source further added "The director finalised by July and the film is expected to roll in October." Sam confirmed this piece of news.
Quiz John about the film and he says, "We are both six-feet-one and weigh 94 kgs. His son, Sanjay Singh, daughter-in-law and two grand-kids, came to see me. I've not signed it yet but the family, Sam and I are all very excited about this project."