Boxing is a lonely sport

Actress Mrunal Thakur and director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra spoke candidly about the boxing drama “Toofaan” starring Farhan Akhtar in the lead role along with Mrunal and Paresh Rawal.

The film will have its world premiere on television and director Mehra talks about making this film and the relevance of these sports films.

“Although ‘Toofaan’ is a work of fiction, it draws a lot from real life, real people and real struggles and conflicts that I have witnessed and heard about. In addition, boxing is a lonely sport. It’s a cry of resilience, a sport that forces you to stay on your feet until the end, without getting knocked over – more like a metaphor for life.

He adds to the efforts to make the film authentic and realistic: “To make the film viewing experience authentic, we shot the film entirely with real locations across Mumbai. You will see the actors in a real cramped space, without air conditioning or make-up area. It was a unique filming experience.

Mrunal who plays the role of a doctor, ‘Ananya Prabhu’ in the film shares her character and who is the motivating force behind ‘Aziz Ali’, a boxer played by Farhan Akhtar.

She says: “My urge to work on ‘Toofaan’ was piqued by my willingness to work with a sought-after director like Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. When we first met, he was assessing my strengths for the character of Ananya, which I was not aware of at the time. Her character is truly positive, daring, and daring – someone who constantly pushes “Aziz” to keep going. I have grown enormously thanks to her and I am honored to have had the chance to put myself in her shoes.

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