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Soorma: Diljit Dosanjh never played any sport till Sandeep Singh biopic

first_imgAfter Sanju, audiences will be treated to another biopic, Soorma (July 13), though this one is of a real-life hero in hockey player Sandeep Singh. Directed by Shaad Ali (Saathiya), the film documents his life with emphasis on the most turbulent episode in his life – Singh was accidentally shot in the back while travelling in train in 2006 and was wheelchair bound for almost two years.Hailed as one of the best and lethal drag flickers in the game, he’d recover and lead India to victory in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in 2009.Singh’s never-say-die spirit and against-all-odds narrative makes his story ripe for a biopic treatment. Punjabi singer and actor Diljit Dosanjh, who has already proven himself in Bollywood with Udta Punjab and Phillauri, was roped in to play the titular role. The actor mentioned being daunted – physically and mentally – by the part.”I have never played any sport,” admitted Dosanjh. It meant that the actor had to hit the field to get familiar with the stick. Playing the sport Dosanjh became even more in awe of Singh’s resilience and subsequent achievement. “Hockey is a tough game. A lot of the time you are bent. All the pressure is on the back,” said Dosanjh recalling how his back hurt for a month after finishing the film.”Sandeep was struck by a bullet on his back. How did he stand up after being paralysed? And he became a captain after being told that he may not even be able to walk! The spirit of a sportsman that inspires people is there for people to see.”advertisementDoing his first biopic, Dosanjh had access to the inspiration all the time. “Sandeep Singh was on set all time,” said Dosanjh. “His brother Bikramjeet [also a hockey player] would be there when he couldn’t be there.” Also starring Taapsee Pannu, Angad Bedi, Vijay Raaz and Danish Hussain, Soorma, says Dosanjh, is the comeback story that we all need. “If I were in his shoes, mera hausla hi khatam ho jaaye [my morale would be low],” he said. “Tagda insaan hai [He is a strong man]. He is a legend.”ALSO SEE| Soorma first poster: Diljit Dosanjh is killing it as ace hockey player Sandeep SinghALSO SEE| Super Singh: Diljit Dosanjh on love for Kylie Jenner, playing the first Punjabi superherolast_img read more