Ri­tika Singh turns boxer again

The New Indian Express - - EXBUZZ - Mani Prabhu

We had re­ported ear­lier that Arun Vi­jay, who is cur­rently shoot­ing for di­rec­tor Naveen’s Agni Si­ragu­gal, will be play­ing a pro­fes­sional boxer in a sports drama ti­tled Boxer, to be di­rected by debu­tant di­rec­tor Vivek. Now, we hear that Ri­tika Singh, who rose to fame with her por­trayal of a boxer in the 2016 film Irudhi Sut­tru, has been signed to play the fe­male lead in the film. Di­rec­tor Vivek says Ri­tika was his first choice for the char­ac­ter since he com­pleted the first draft. “As my script is about the emo­tional ups and downs of the boxing world, and the fe­male lead is also a boxer, I was look­ing for some­one who looks the part, and is well-versed with the in­tri­ca­cies of the sport. Ri­tika, be­ing a mixed mar­tial arts prac­ti­tioner, un­der­stood the script’s po­ten­tial, and gave the go-ahead in­stantly. She, in ad­di­tion to at­tend­ing train­ing ses­sions for freestyle boxing, has also ap­par­ently gone on a spe­cial diet to put on weight. Her role in the film will be surely talked about.” Vivek adds that Arun Vi­jay has also si­mul­ta­ne­ously started his train­ing sched­ule in reg­u­lar and mixed mar­tial arts un­der the guid­ance of stunt chore­og­ra­pher Peter Hein in Malaysia and Viet­nam. “Boxer, while avoid­ing the usual cliches as­so­ci­ated with the rags to riches un­der­dog story, will ex­plore the life of an es­tab­lished boxer, and how he con­fronts his own demons and pushes the bar ahead. We are plan­ning to go on floors in the first week of April.” Boxer, which has mu­sic by Leon James, is pro­duced by Etcetera En­ter­tain­ment.

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