Mumbai: Boxing films seem to be the flavour of Bollywood these days. After Priyanka Chopra’s Mary Kom act, it’s now R. Madhavan’s turn to don the boxing gloves. In his next, titled Laal, he’ll be seen playing a boxer. Apparently the story is partially inspired by Muhammad Ali’s life.
We hear Madhavan has lost 15 kilos to look like a boxer. He has been spending time in Los Angeles to gear up for the role. Speaking from there, Madhavan said, “It’s been a time of a complete physical revamp for me.
I’ve been in LA training and preparing for my part. My entire body structure and body language has changed. I now walk and think like a boxer.” Laal will be a Hindi-Tamil bi-lingual film that is being directed by Mani Ratnam’s erstwhile assistant Sudha Kongara.
Says a source close to the project, “The director has taken the core of Muhammad Ali’s life in the ring and added fictional flourishes to it. Madhavan, who has known Sudha from the time he worked with Mani in Alai Payuthe, Kannathil Muttamital and Guru, planned and plotted the film together with the director and then took nearly a year off to prepare for his part.”
Madhavan has also started work on Aanand Rai’s Tanu Weds Manu 2. Speaking about it, he says, “Kangana and my character take up the story from exactly where we left off in the first film.”...