While the actor has played sportsperson in fictional stories, Akshay Kumar will now portray a real life hockey player for his upcoming film Gold. Earlier we had reported that the actor has signed the sports film and now we hear that he will be seen in the role of Balbir Singh.
Born in undivided Pakistan, Indian hockey player Balbir Singh has an unbeatable record for most goals scored by an individual in Olympic men’s hockey. The match in question was the 1952 Olympic Games where he scored five goals in India’s 6-1 victory against Netherlands. Later, Balbir Singh Senior as he is fondly addressed also turned coach and then manager of the Indian Hockey Team. He has also written books like The Golden Hat Trick (1977) that is autobiography and The Golden Yardstick: In Quest of Hockey Excellence (2008). Currently the 92 year old player resides in Canada with his family that comprises of his wife Sushil, his three sons and daughter-in-laws.
On the other hand, though this is Akshay’s first sports biopic, the actor has previously played several characters inspired from real life in films like Airlift, Special 26 and the recent Rustom.