Kumar, who last starred in the movie ‘Rustom’, recently revealed the poster of his next venture “Gold” on Twitter.
Set in 1948, the historic story of India’s first Olympic medal as a free nation, #GOLD coming to you on 15th August, 2018! pic.twitter.com/KPAExjtmYz — Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) October 21, 2016
Set in 1948, the historic story of India’s first Olympic medal as a free nation, #GOLD coming to you on 15th August, 2018! pic.twitter.com/KPAExjtmYz
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.
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 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.
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.
Singh (L) with 1975 Hockey World Cup Trophy. Sports Keeda
Singh is now 92-year-old and lives in Canada with his family.
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.
Singh pictured with Sacred Flame of 1982 Asian Games. News X