‘Sikh Superman’ Fauja Singh to be subject of a biopic
EXCLUSIVE: The life of the world’s oldest marathon runner ‘Sikh Superman’ , Fauja Singh, will be the subject of a biopic from a trio of established Indian creatives.
Fauja Singh, born in Punjab in 1911, was a keen amateur runner in his youth, but gave it up. After a series of personal tragedies, including the deaths of his wife and two of his children in the 1990s, he returned to his former passion in his 80s. He moved to the UK soon after and now lives in Ilford, east London.
Omung Kumar B is directing the project, titled Fauja, and will produce alongside Kunal Shivdasani of Aleya Motion Magic, whose credits include the 2008 thriller Hijack, and Raaj Shaandilya, who previously wrote Bhoomi for Kumar B and also wrote and directed the 2019 Hindi comedy Dream Girl…
…The screenplay is being adapted from the book Turbaned Tornado written by Khushwant Singh and published by Rupa Publications. Vipul Mehta is penning the script, his credits include Gujarati blockbuster Chal Jivi…
…“The story of Fauja Singh depicts the insurmountable odds stacked against him and what sheer power of will can make of someone who is challenged medically, by age and by society,” commented.
“It is a beautiful story about a man whose life takes him on an epic journey making him a world icon as he discovers his passion for running marathons; eventually that guided him to make an impact on the world by bringing about a change to humanity,” added producer Kunal Shivdasani. “Omung is a dear friend and we share the same vision for the film, he has helmed Sarbjit and Mary Kom – two of the best and most successful biopics in the country and so having him chair the director’s role for this film was a unanimous decision. We are very excited to offer this story to viewers, who have been deprived of cinema as we know it for quite some time. Our film intends to make the amazing journey of Fauja Singh personal to everyone watching it.”
“Fauja Singh is the real king and we are all honoured to present his story in the form of a cinematic experience for the Indian diaspora world over. This story takes us on a journey through time and makes the realization of what our grandparents have been through hit home. It is a film that promises an instant connect,” said Raaj Shaandilyaa.
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