All set to make a transition from the boxing ring to the silver screen, star Indian pugilist Vijender Singh says the tryst with movies has helped him realise the importance of team work after carving his identity in an individual sport. (Also read: Vijender open to supporting any faction in boxing dispute, says lifting of ban 'priority')
India's first Olympics and World Championships boxing medallist, Vijender is set to foray into Bollywood with 'Fugly', a social thriller backed by superstar Akshay Kumar. (Also read: Vijender seeks government help to resolve boxing crisis)
"Being part of a film for the first time, I realised the importance of team work because my sport is essentially an individual sport in which the onus is completely on me. So, it was a good experience to work in a team and learn to be patient," Vijender told PTI in an interview. (Also read: Sushil Kumar, Vijender Singh to get land for academies in Haryana)
"Boxing is all about being aggressive and maintaining a tempo while you are in the ring but in film-making I realised how important it was to take a step back and be patient. In final analysis, both boxing and doing films are equally tough," added the former world number one. (Also read: Boycott animal circuses, says Vijender Singh)
The trailer of 'Fugly' was recently released amid much fanfare and by the look of it, the film comes across as a comic thriller on the lives of four carefree friends.
Noted actor Jimmy Shergill plays a rustic police officer, a chance encounter with whom dramatically alters the lives of the four central characters.
"It has comedy, it is a thriller also, all I can say is it would be thoroughly enjoyable. It portrays Delhi in a manner which has never been done before. I play the role of Gaurav, a typical Delhi guy who comes from a political family," he explained.
"Gaurav is slightly cocky and uses the language which is common for well-connected youngsters in Delhi. 'Do you know who my father is?', this is something which is typically Delhi and this is how Gaurav is. To play this role, I relied on my experience of being in Delhi because in real life, I am just the opposite," said the strapping six-footer from Haryana.
Vijender said the makers of the film took him on board only after screening his abilities in an audition.