EXCLUSIVE: The life of the world’s oldest marathoner, Fauja Singh, will be the subject of a biopic by a trio of established Indian creatives.
Omung Kumar B is leading the project, titled Fauja, and will produce alongside Kunal Shivdasani of Aleya Motion Magic, whose credits include the 2008 thriller Divert, and Raaj Shaandilya, who once wrote Bhoomi for Kumar B and also wrote and directed the 2019 Hindi Comedy Dream girl.
Fauja will recount how 108-year-old Fauja Singh, better known as ‘Sikh Superman,’ stunned the world by breaking a number of records in multiple age groups as a marathon runner. Singh completed the London Marathon six times after making his debut there in 2000 at the age of 89, and has since completed marathons in Toronto, New York and other cities.
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The screenplay is adapted from the book Turban tornado written by Khushwant Singh and published by Rupa Publications. Vipul Mehta Writes Screenplay, Credits Include Gujarati Blockbuster Chal Jivi.
Omung Kumar B’s credits include Mary kom starring Priyanka Chopra, who won India’s National Film Award for Best Popular Film in 2014, the biographical drama Sarbjit starring Aishwarya Rai and action pic from 2017 Bhoomi with Sanjay Dutt.
“Fauja Singh’s story portrays the insurmountable odds that stand in his way and what the power of will can do with someone who is challenged medically, by age and by society,” commented.
“It’s a great story about a man whose life takes him on an epic journey making him a global icon as he discovers his passion for marathons; ultimately it made him impact the world by bringing change to humanity, ”added producer Kunal Shivdasani. “Omung is a dear friend and we share the same vision of the film he directed Sarbjit and Mary kom – two of the best and most successful biopics in the country and therefore having him chair the director’s role for this film was a unanimous decision. We are very happy to bring this story to viewers, deprived of cinema as we have known it for some time. Our film aims to make Fauja Singh’s incredible journey personal to everyone who watches it.
“Fauja Singh is the real king and we are all honored to present his story in the form of a cinematic experience for the Indian diaspora around the world. This story takes us on a journey through time and makes the realization of what our grandparents lived with us. It’s a film that promises instant connection, ”said Raaj Shaandilyaa.