How Ritika Singh bagged the lead role in ‘Saala Khadoos’.

How Ritika Singh bagged the lead role in ‘Saala Khadoos’.

How Ritika Singh bagged the lead role in 'Saala Khadoos'.

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. The casting was very tough and  Ritika Singh was shortlisted only after the casting team had a ringside view of 700- odd duels and had auditioned nearly 100 athletes.

Spokesperson of the film says “ 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.”

The auditions spanned for 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. At a recent media interaction, The prolific Director and Producer, Rajkumar Hirani admitted that he was apprehensive about casting a boxer as the lead heroine, but after watching Ritika’s audition tape the team was confident about her.

Saala Khadoos is a film by Rajkumar Hirani Films & Tricolour Films in association with UTV Motion Pictures and is directed by Sudha Kongara.

The film is all set to release on 29th January 2016.