‘Win­ning is not im­por­tant’

Sanya Mal­ho­tra who will be seen as wrestler Babita Ku­mari in Aamir Khan’s next, talks about how close the char­ac­ter is to her life

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Ac­tor Sanya Mal­ho­tra (right), who is seen as wrestling cham­pion Babita Ku­mari in Aamir Khan’s up­com­ing film, based on the life of wrestler Ma­havir Phogat, says she is not like her reel char­ac­ter, in real life. “I am not a com­pet­i­tive per­son in real life like wrestler Babita Ku­mari. I am a rather fo­cused per­son who is do­ing some­thing and try­ing to get sat­is­fac­tion out of it. Win­ning how­ever, is not so im­por­tant for me,” says Sanya.

How­ever, she says she re­lates well with the char­ac­ter of Babita. “Like Babita, I am also the youngest in the fam­ily and I share a very spe­cial bond with my fa­ther. So I found an emo­tional con­nec­tion there,” she says. Dur­ing the prepa­ra­tion for the role Sanya went through a lot of videos of the wrestler to get her body lan­guage cor­rect along with heavy phys­i­cal train­ing for learn­ing the tech­ni­cal as­pects of the game.

So, what hap­pened when she fi­nally met Babita in real life? “I was in awe... I was starstuck. They (Geeta Phogat and Babita Ku­mari) are real he­roes, they are the cham­pi­ons. We were watch­ing their videos and then meet­ing them in real, was sur­real. Babita even came dur­ing our train­ing ses­sion,” she says.

While work­ing with Aamir has been very spe­cial, Sanya says she has got a very spe­cial gift from the film. “I have made Fa­tima (co-ac­tor Fa­tima Sana Shaikh) as my life­time friend. Work­ing for two years on the film, we bonded over many things. I gen­uinely love and re­spect her as a per­former,” says Sanya.

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