‘Was difficult to find a boxer who could act’

Actor R Madhavan will be seen working opposite a boxer in his upcoming film Saala Khadoos and he says the toughest part of the movie was to find a female pugilist who could also act.

Directed by debutante Sudha Kongara Prasad, the sports -drama features Madhavan as a hard task-master boxing coach and also stars boxer Ritika Singh.

“The most difficult task for me was to find a girl who looks like a 17-year-old and is also a boxer and actor. All these things put together looked like an impossible task,” Madhavan told reporters here this evening. The actor was speaking at the trailer launch of the film, co-produced by him and filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani.

The Tanu Weds Manu actor said he did not have to work hard on Ritika’s boxing skills as she already knew the moves perfectly. “It was easy because we didn’t have to tell anything to her regarding boxing. After every scene we used to say nice performance, nice expression but she was concerned if her punches were good.”

Saala Khadoos weaves a story around how a coach prepares a young girl to create a place for herself in the world of boxing. It is slated to release on January 29.
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