Bollywood star Randeep Hooda, who was rooting from the stands for his friend Vijender Singh during the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight bout on Saturday, said that there might be a film collaboration on the cards with the Olympic medal winning boxer. Vijender triumphed over the former WBC European champion, Kerry Hope, at Delhi’s Thyagraj Stadium to stretch forward his winning streak and won his first belt as a professional boxer.
The 39-year old actor was present at the stand during his friend’s title winning the match and even paints a word picture to describe the electrifying atmosphere of the stadium, “The atmosphere in the stadium was electric.The crowd went `ahhh’ at every punch Kerry took, and with `ohhh’ for the ones that landed on Vijender.” Apart from Randeep, actresses Neha Dhupia and Lin Laishram, cricketers Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh, and women boxing legend Mary Kom were also present to lend their support to the boxer.
Despite being a cricket fanatic, Randeep, who portrayed the character of an MMA coach in his latest movie ‘Sultan’, has kept track of his friend’s recent performances and said, “It was his longest bout so far and I believe a great exercise for him. He wasn’t in the best form after suffering a few injuries but he did extremely well despite the odds. It’s a great feeling when sports other than cricket get so much support from people.”
The two Jatt boys, Randeep and Vijender, know each other since a long time, and the actor is elated that his friend has kept the Jatt and nations pride high, “Vijender was thrilled that he hadn’t let the country down and managed to uphold the Jatt pride. It was a great evening.”
Randeep met Vijender long before he won the Olympic medal in 2008, along with other boxers like Akhil Kumar, “Mr Chiranjeevi who has trained me for a film in the past, coached all these boxers when they were young. I was supposed to do a film on boxing earlier, titled ‘Bhiwani’,” At this point, he revealed that he might do a movie with Vijender in the near future, “We discussed an idea. We’ll take our conversation forward soon.”
And when the journalists asked Randeep if there’s a biopic on Vijender happening in the coming days and if happens would he play the lead role? “I would if I am not too old for the role. Or else I can portray his coach,” the actor signs off with a laugh.