Sushant Singh Rajput to play The Great Khali in the wrestler’s biopic
It’s the season of bipoics in Bollywood. The audience have already been treated to the biopics of sporting icons like Mary Kom, Milkha Singh, Azharuddin, MS Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar. As per latest reports in Bollywood medias, a leading production house is now planning to make a biopic on a popular wrestler’s life. We are talking about none other than The Great Khali aka Dalip Singh Rana.
Reportedly, Sushant Singh Rajput has been approached to play the lead in the gigantic wrestler’s biopic. Suhsant is hugely popular for his performance in Indian cricketer MS Dhoni’s biopic, MS Dhoni: The Untold Story.
A source is quoted saying to Bombay Times, “The biopic is on the life of wrestler Dalip Singh Rana, better known as Khali or The Great Khali in WWE circle. The studio has spoken to the Punjabi wrestler and he has given them the rights to make a film on his life. Sushant has been approached to play the titular role and he has in principle agreed to do the film.”
Further adding the insider said, “People only know about the sporty side of this Indian-born American semi-retired professional wrestler, promoter and actor. But there’s an untold story behind his super success. He was an officer for the Punjab state police force and struggled for years before making it big in wrestling. The story will be about his journey.”
The actual challenge for the makers of this ambitious movie lies in making Sushant look convincing as Khali. The actor has a great physique, however, to look like The Great Khali, he would have to put on lot of efforts. It will be a huge challenge for Sushant to transform himself to look like the wrestler. Khali stands at a towering seven feet one inch and weighs about 157 kgs whereas Sushant’s height is just over six feet and weighs 77 kgs.
Industry insiders opine that unless there’s a lot of VFX involved, it’s difficult to pull off a film on Khali. No hero in Bollywood will look convincing as The Great Khali unless there’s CGI. Before jumping into conclusions, let’s wait for an official confirmation from the makers.
Meanwhile, Sushant is busy working on Abhishek Kapoor’s Kedarnath opposite Sara Ali Khan. He is also playing the lead in Chanda Mama Door Ke, a space film in which he will be seen playing an astronaut.