Is ‘Khiladi’ Akshay Kumar Portraying Legendary Hockey Player Balbir Singh In His Next Biopic?

1:06 pm 2 Nov, 2016


According to reports Bollywood ‘Khiladi’, Akshay Kumar is planning to play the role of Hockey Legend Balbir Singh in his upcoming Biopic, Gold.

Kumar, who last starred in the movie ‘Rustom’, recently revealed the poster of his next venture “Gold” on Twitter.

This would be yet another movie of Kumar which based on a real-life story.

In last few years, Kumar has acted in movies such as ‘Rustom’ and Airlift, which are both based on real life events.

The movie, which will release on August 15, 2018; is set in the year 1948, the same historic year when India won its first ever Olympic Gold medal as a free nation.

While the name of the character which Kumar would play is not yet known, speculations are rife that it’s Hockey legend Balbir Singh, who unfortunately never got his due in India.

Singh, who was part of Indian Olympic Gold winning hockey team in 1948, has not one but three Olympic Gold medals under his belt.

Singh at the podium of 1956 Summer Olympics.Twitter

Singh at the podium of 1956 Summer Olympics.Twitter

Besides being part of the 1948 Hockey team, Singh was also the Vice-Captain of 1952 Indian Hockey team that again won Gold and then Captain of the 1956 Hockey team that won India its third consecutive Olympic Gold in history.

This team of legends had not only won three successive gold medals in Olympics in the short span of 12 years but also had some huge unbeaten records under their names.

 

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Unfortunately, majority of these legendary hockey players were forgotten over the decades with Singh being one of them.

But Singh’s passion for Hockey was unmatched by any and he, even after retiring from the field, didn’t part ways with the game.

He remained associated with the Indian Hockey team firsts as a coach and then again as a manager.

Under his guidance, the Indian Hockey team won Bronze in 1971 Hockey World Cup, and then Gold in 1975 Hockey World Cup.

 

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Singh (L) with 1975 Hockey World Cup Trophy. Sports Keeda

Singh is now 92-year-old and lives in Canada with his family.

He was the first sports personality ever to be honored with the Padma Shri Award in 1957, but since then his achievements were forgotten by the government.

His feat was such that he was celebrated not just in India, but abroad as well. In 1958, he along with fellow teammate Gurdev Singh were featured on a stamp issued by the Dominican Republic.

This stamp was issued to commemorate the Historic 1956 Melbourne Olympics, for which he was also honored in 1982’s Delhi Asian Games, where he lit the Sacred Flame at the Asian Games.

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Singh pictured with Sacred Flame of 1982 Asian Games. News X

At the age of 91, in 2015, he was conferred with the Major Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award by the Indian Hockey Federation, Hockey India.

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