Ritika Singh chosen from among 100 athletes for 'Saala Khadoos'

Updated: 22 December, 2015 11:09 IST | The Hitlist Team |

Teen boxer Ritika Singh was chosen from amongst 100 athletes for the lead role in Rajkumar Hirani's next 'Saala Khadoos'

R Madhavan, who will be seen next in Rajkumar Hirani's 'Saala Khadoos', recently remarked that the toughest part for the makers was finding a female boxer who could act too.

Ritika Singh with R Madhavan
Ritika Singh with R Madhavan

Now how tough was it exactly? Sources close to the project say 18-year-old Ritika Singh was shortlisted after the casting team had a ringside view of 700-odd duels and had auditioned nearly 100 athletes.

Video: Watch R Madhavan and Ritika Singh in 'Saala Khadoos' trailer

Says a source, "Hirani chose a national level boxer over an actress to play the lead role. He felt the fights required stamina and intensity, and only a real boxer could make them look real. So, the entire team set out on a hunt for one. They auditioned over 100 boxers and attended over 700 boxing matches all over the country, before they finalised the female lead."

Rajkumar Hirani
Rajkumar Hirani

The auditions spanned a couple of months and the makers found Ritika perfect for the role. The national-level kickboxer holds a black belt in karate and is also trained in mixed martial arts. Madhavan will be seen as her coach — a taskmaster.

Also read: Ritika gets 'immense appreciation' over 'Saala Khadoos' trailer

Hirani, at a recent media interaction, had admitted that he was apprehensive about casting a boxer as the lead heroine, adding that he has taken a "chance".

First Published: 21 December, 2015 13:17 IST

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