After Sushant Singh has been lauded for his splendid performance as a lead in MS Dhoni biopic, the talented actor is all set to play the role of India’s Paralympics Champion Murlikant Petkar.
For those who are unaware, Petkar was an Army men, who got injured while fighting for the country in 1965 war against Pakistan. He suffered irreparable injuries due to multiple bullets that forced him to end his career as a soldier. But that didn’t discourage him from continuing to serve his country. Murlikant Petkar won a Gold Medal at the Commonwealth Games in 1970 and India’s first ever Gold Medal in Paralympics in 1972 (Germany).
On hearing the story Sushant immediately accepted to go for it and was happy to be a part of an another sports film. He says,
The minute I heard his story I was on. I wanted to do it without a second thought. What an inspiring story! After playing Dhoni I’m looking forward to playing Petkar who never allowed his physical hurdles to stand in the way of his dreams. I like playing characters who dream big.
Before this, not many fans know that Sushant was working hard for a movie “Paani” which could never take off.
He took the dismal positively and said,
For nine months I signed nothing new as I was preparing for Shekhar Kapoor’s Paani. And so what if the movie didn’t get made? The discussions and conversations I had with Shekhar for nine months were invaluable. I cherish every minute I spent with him. I finally didn’t do the film. But I consider myself lucky to be able to spend so much time with him. Every minute was a learning experience.