Vijender Singh, the pin-up boy of Indian boxing, made his Bollywood debut on Friday, starring in a thriller about four youngsters who get into trouble with the police.
Singh, whose middleweight bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics helped raise the sport’s profile in India, is training for next month’s Glasgow Commonwealth Games at a boxing camp in Patiala and was yet to watch “Fugly”, a film produced by Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar, when we interviewed him.
Singh, a strapping 28-year-old with boyish looks, told India Insight in a phone interview that he was up for new challenges and making a movie was just one of them. Excerpts from the interview:
Q. Which do you enjoy better – boxing or acting?
A. Both. I know boxing, have been doing it for 15-16 years. I am almost a year old in Bollywood. Both are interesting and require a lot of hard work. Right now I am in a camp, I was training in the morning and will train again in the evening. It was work for me. Now I am back to my normal routine, training for boxing.
Q. You haven’t seen your movie in the theater yet?
A. I will go to watch it. There were so many phone calls and messages since morning. I came back from training, got busy, slept a bit and now I will go. The reviews are awesome. My friends are saying it doesn’t look like this is your first movie, it’s like you are a pro (laughs). I am happy, I did a movie finally.