Boxing in India is a sport that has still not been able to produce a world champion in any weight class, although it is a regular medal-holder at the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games.
However with boxers like Mary Kom, Vijender Kumar, Akhil Kumar, Jitender Kumar, A.L. Lakra, and Dinesh Kumar etc bringing glory to India in Asian Games and Commonwealth Games Indian sports aspirants for getting attracted to the sport, once ignored for its injury prone nature.”
To give an additional boost to the game Bollywood filmmakers have began focusing on boxing thanks to Indian boxers doing well at Asian Games and Commonwealth Games. Thus after Sanjay Leena Bansali’s biopic on boxing starlet Mary Kom, it is reported Sooraj Barjatya has incorporated a boxing sequence featuring heart throb Salman Khan in his upcoming movie PREM RATAN DHAN PAYO.
Briefing the media a source confirmed, "Though PREM RATAN DHAN PAYO is a typical family drama in the Rajshri style but director Sooraj Barjatya has given a twist in the plot."
The source added, "Since Salman Khan these days has become a darling at box office thanks to his DABAANG image thanks to his action movies like KICK, JAI HO, READY, BODYGURD hence Sooraj Barjatya has cleverly given Salman Khan dual role. In one role he plays peace loving family guy but in the other role he plays a macho fighter who excels in sword-fencing and boxing."
Besides Salman Khan very recently, we saw Sonakshi Sinha in a boxer’s avatar in HOLIDAY. Now there are reports even Ranbir Kapoor plays a street fighter in BOMBAY VELVET and even John Abraham is now taking interest in sports and is planning to make films on boxing.