Mumbai: Serial patriot Akshay Kumar is ready with another patriotic film after Gold and this one will be based on the life of Asian Games Gold medalist Vinesh Phogat. Patriot Kumar will be playing Vinesh in this biopic. Kumar has already started taking wrestling lessons from Salman Khan for this film and is planning to release the film on the next Republic Day.
This is not the first patriotic film for Akshay who has played everyone from Army Officer to Raw agent to Naval officer to Indian Hockey coach in nationalist films in recent years.
When asked how will he manage to portray the role of a female wrestler, Mr Kumar said, ”Gender is a social construct, we should not let that dictate the selection of actors for any film. I was never an army officer or RAW agent, but I managed to play those roles. I had never held a Hockey stick but I coached Hockey so why can’t I play the role of a female wrestler without being one?”
When someone mentioned that Aamir has already made a film on Phogat sisters, he said, “See, in Aamir’s film, the focus was on him and not on the Phogat sisters. By playing the role of Vinesh Phogat, I will get the entire focus on the wrestler and not on their coach/father. Anyway, you never asked Aamir why he copied Salman’s Sultan so why are you asking me?”
As per sources, Akshay Kumar will also insert a scene where he is studying a book to promote “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” since it is mandatory to promote a government scheme in his films.