Actor to play a boxer in Vikas Bahl’s two-part sports drama, a quintessential tale of an underdog set in Mumbai
Mirror was the first to report that the Hindi remake of Sylvester Stallone’s ‘Rambo’, which was to be Tiger Shroff’s next release after ‘Baaghi 3’, has been pushed forward to the last quarter of 2021, with a new director, Rohit Dhawan, on board. Now, we have learnt that the actor has given the go-ahead to Vikas Bahl’s next directorial, ‘Ganpat’, and this could be one of the first films Tiger will shoot for, once he gets back into action.
“Ganpat is essentially a sports drama set in Mumbai with Tiger playing a boxer for the first time. Vikas has been working on the script for a while now and Tiger, who loves MMA, wrestling and boxing was looking to do a film in this space. When Vikas narrated the script to him, it was an instant ‘yes’ from Tiger,” informs a source close to the development.
The actor started prepping for the character during the coronavirus-triggered lockdown and is also working on his physique to look the part of a sportsman, which is different than his appearance in his action films. Tiger has also been working on his boxing skills since the script features many matches in the ring. Boxers of international repute will be a part of the cast. As the title suggests, he is named ‘Ganpat’ and is an ardent Ganpati bhakt.
This will be Vikas’s first foray into the action genre. He had co-directed the National Award-winning family comedy, ‘Chillar Party’, with Nitesh Tiwari in 2011, followed by another National Award-winning ‘Queen’ in 2013, then Shahid Kapoor–Alia Bhatt’s romcom, ‘Shaandaar’, the following year and mathematician Anand Kumar’s biopic, ‘Super 30’, with Hrithik Roshan last year. “Ganpat will be a two-film franchise, tracing the journey of Ganpat from a Mumbai boy to a world class boxer. Though it’s an action-packed film, at its core it’s an underdog story like ‘Super 30’, with an emotional father-son subplot. The search is on for a senior actor to play Tiger’s onscreen father,” the source shares.
Apart from Ganpat, Vikas is also working on another script, Deadly, which is a coming-of-age comedy centered around a funeral. “The script is almost locked. However, it has been put on the back-burner for now and will take off only after he finishes with his boxing franchise,” the source adds.
Tiger has the sequel to his debut film, ‘Heropanti’, which marks his reunion with his ‘Baaghi 3’ producer Sajid Nadiadwala and director Ahmed Khan. These two films will finally be followed by the Rambo remake.