A real-film story that led to a collaboration of three creative powerhouses of Omung Kumar B, Raaj Shaandilyaa and Kunal Shivdasani (pictured) is now all set for a cinematic treatment.
Pooling their individual talents together, the three filmmakers announced 'Fauja' based on the book ‘Turbaned Tornado’ written by Khushwant Singh and published by Rupa Publications, on the story of the 109-year-old British Indian marathon runner Fauja Singh. Also known as “Sikh Superman”, Singh stunned the world with his age-defying energy by shattering world records as a marathon runner.
“The story of Fauja Singh depicts the insurmountable odds stacked against him and what sheer power of will can make of someone who is challenged medically, by age and by society,” says director-producer Omung Kumar B, who has acclaimed films such as ‘Mary Kom’ and ‘Sarbjit’ under his belt.
The biopic, which is pegged as an inspiration to future generations, captures Fauja Singh’s fascinating journey over the decades.
Producer Kunal Shivdasani, of Aleya Motion Magic, said: “It is a beautiful story about a man whose life takes him on an epic journey making him a world icon as he discovers his passion for running marathons; eventually that guided him to make an impact on the world by bringing about a change to humanity.
“Omung is a dear friend and we share the same vision for the film, he has helmed ‘Sarbjit’ and ‘Mary Kom’ – two of the best and most successful biopics in the country – and so having him chair the director's role for this film was a unanimous decision.
“We are very excited to offer this story to viewers, who have been deprived of cinema as we know it for quite some time. Our film intends to make the amazing journey of Fauja Singh personal to everyone watching it.”
Partner Producer Raaj Shaandilyaa adds: “Fauja Singh is the real king and we are all honoured to present his story in the form of a cinematic experience for the Indian diaspora world over.
“This story takes us on a journey through time and makes the realisation of what our grandparents have been through hit home. It is a film that promises an instant connect.”