Akshay’s Brothers, Salman’s Sultan, Aamir’s Dangal: The rise of combat sports in Bollywood

first_imgWrestling and boxing might not be that influential as sports in our country, but B-Town is clearly eager to tap into the potential of the games in their films. With Priyanka Chopra’s Mary Kom, Bollywood has started following the trend of such films which portray boxing, wrestling or Mixed Martial Arts. The latest one to join this club is Akshay Kumar and Sidharth Malhotra’s Brothers.RELATED: Apart from sibling rivalry, all forms of Mixed Martial Arts too in Brothers Brothers is the remake of the 2011 Hollywood film Warriors. It is a tale of two estranged brothers (David Fernandes and Monty Fernandes), who, in order to prove themselves, are ready to fight each other inside the boxing ring. The film also stars Jacqueline Fernandez in a pivotal role. It is the first time that the trio would be seen together on the silver screen. Akshay is well-trained in Martial Arts, but still found preparing to play David in Brothers a difficult task. As for Sidharth, the boxing and MMA sequences were not exactly a cakewalk for the actor, as the Brothers’ team has repeatedly emphasised.WATCH: Akshay and Sidharth in an emotional song Gaye Jaa from Brothers Here are some other recent films that have had and are portraying wrestling and boxing on the silver screen: Mary Kom The 2014 Mary Kom was based on the life of Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom, the champion boxer from Manipur. Director Omung Kumar’s film is an account of what actually happened in Kom’s life, all the troubles which she has had to face, and everything else that made Mary Kom a name to reckon with in the boxing scene of the country. Piyanka Chopra played the real life five-time world boxing champion, and totally nailed the character. The film was much appreciated by the audience and claimed numerous awards as well.advertisement Dangal Aamir Khan is also not far behind, as far as displaying wrestling in Hindi films is concerned. He plays the real life wrestler Mahavir Phogat in his next film, Dangal. In fact, he’ll be playing father to two grown-up daughters (Babita Kumari and Geeta Phogat) who play boxers in the film. There were a lot of rumours that Kangana Ranaut and Taapsee Pannu were also a part of this script, but all were rubbished by Aamir. Bollywood debudants Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra have been roped in for the roles of the two daughters in Dangal.Aamir gained around 22kgs for Dangal  Sultan On his part, Salman too is not far behind vis-a-vis portraying wrestling in films. He is wooing his fans with his forthcoming film Sultan, which is the tale of a wrestler from Haryana. The teaser of Sultan was released a few weeks back. The teaser glorified Sultan the wrestler to the T – ‘Haryana ki shaan, Haryana ka sher, Haryana ki jaan… Sultan Ali Khan.. jab vo ring mein move karta hai, toh aisa lagta hai maano dance kar raha ho’. The film has created a lot of buzz already because of its clash with Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees. The shooting of Sultan will begin in November this year, while director Abbas Ali Zafar has already begun hunting for locations for the film. It is expected to hit the screens on Eid 2016. Holiday Yes, the film had as its theme terrorism and patriotism, but had the Dabangg Girl Sonakshi Sinha, who played the role of a boxer in the film. Holiday did not really focus on the sport as such, but was a delight to see actors like Sonakshi and Priyanka taking up such roles in their movies.last_img