EXCLUSIVE: The life of the world’s oldest marathon runner, Fauja Singh, will be the subject of a biography by a trio of established Indian creatives.

Omung Kumar B is leading the project, titled Fauja, and will co-produce with Kunal Shivdasani of Aleya Motion Magic, which credits the 2008 thriller Hijack, and Raaj Shaandilya, who previously wrote Bhoomi for Kumar B and also wrote the 2019 Hindi comedy and staged dream woman.

Raaj Shaandilyaa, Omung Kumar B., Kunal Shivdasani
Raaj Shaandilyaa, Omung Kumar B., Kunal Shivdasani

Fauja will record how 108 year old Fauja Singh, better known as “Sikh Superman”, stunned the world by breaking a series of records in multiple age groups as a marathon runner. Singh has run the London Marathon six times after making his debut there in 2000 at the age of 89. Since then he has completed marathons in Toronto, New York and other cities.

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The script is adapted from the book Turbaned Tornado by Khushwant Singh and published by Rupa Publications. Vipul Mehta is writing the script, and his credits include the Gujarati blockbuster Chal Jivi.

Omung Kumar B credits include Mary Kom with Priyanka Chopra, who won India’s National Film Award for Best Popular Film in 2014, the biographical drama Sarbjit with Aishwarya Rai, and the 2017 action picture Bhoomi with Sanjay Dutt.

“The story of Fauja Singh shows the insurmountable odds that exist against him and what sheer willpower can have when challenged medically, by age and by society,” he commented.

“It’s a beautiful story about a man whose life takes him on an epic journey and makes him a world icon as he discovers his passion for running marathons. That ultimately led him to make an impact on the world by transforming humanity, ”added producer Kunal Shivdasani. “Omung is a dear friend and we share the same vision for the film. He has directed Sarbjit and Mary Kom – two of the best and most successful biographies in the country. Hence, it was a unanimous decision that he should lead the role of director for this film. We are very pleased to be able to offer this story to viewers who have been deprived of cinema as we have known it for some time. Our film intends to make Fauja Singh’s amazing journey personal for all who see it. “

“Fauja Singh is the real king and we are all honored to present his story in the form of a cinema experience for the Indian diaspora worldwide. This story takes us on a journey through time and reveals what our grandparents went through. It’s a film that promises an instant connection, ”said Raaj Shaandilyaa.


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