Things are not so hunky-dory between real-life wrestling champ Sangram Singh and the celluloid wrestler Aamir Khan. Apparently, Aamir wanted Sangram to play the role of his main opponent in the ring in Dangal so that the fight in the grand finale looks real.
There was only one hitch. Sangram’s character had to lose the competition with Aamir. This, Sangram, an Olympian wrestling champ, refused to do.
Explains Sangram, “I have the highest regard for Aamirji, and when he asked me to be part of Dangal, I was most happy. Unfortunately, I had to lose the match with Aamirji. This I couldn’t do.”
Ego and pride?
Protests Sangram, “Nahin, ego aur pride ki baat nahin. It is to do with preserving the dignity of the respect and love that my country has given me. Just for the pleasure of being seen on screen with Aamirji, I can’t play a loser. It will disappoint my supporters.”
Sangram wishes both Aamir and Salman Khan all the best with their wrestlers’ roles. “With superstars like Aamirji and Salmanji playing real-life wrestlers the sport will get some positive attention. Just like hockey did when Shah Rukhji played a hockey player in Chak De.”