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Farhan has gone to extreme limits to do justice to ‘Toofan’: Boxer Neeraj Goyat

Farhan Akhtar. Photo: IOC

Mumbai, July 16 (MNN) After winning accolades for his portrayal of the late ‘Flying Sikh’ in eponymous ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’, Bollywood actor Farhan Akhtar has won praise from real-life boxer Neeraj Goyat for his role as a boxer in upcoming film ‘Toofan’ which is set to release on July 16.

The professional boxer has not only acted in the movie but also trained Farhan during the course of the film on another sports saga.

The actor, known to be meticulous in his preparations for such roles, has already posted several pictures of him training on social media to give a glimpse of his character and they have been well received by the audience.

The film has been directed by ‘Rang De Basanti’ fame director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and also stars Paresh Rawal, playing the role of the coach.

Akhar has been trained by Goyat who has 17 bouts to his credit in the professional circuit and won 12 of them.

“Farhan is a very simple, passionate, and humble guy. He can go to any limit to do justice to the character. You watched him in ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ and now in ‘Toofan’, you will see another side of him. I think he is better and fitter in ‘Toofan’. It feels good to be working with such hard-working passionate people. I am doing a fight in this film,” he told olympics.com.

While training the actor, he also shared some boxing philosophies as well to help portray the character of ‘Toofan’ better in the film.

“I told him that in boxing you have to get punched even if you win in the end. So the trick is you have to hit and not get hit. Farhan has defied his age in the movie and would train in spite of getting exhausted to ensure perfection. He would ask me if his punches are going right, such is his humility. I spent around two months with him and had a wonderful time while training and choreography,” he added.

The athlete has also acted in ‘Mukkabaaz’, another feature film on boxing, directed by Anurag Kashyap.

Goyat is currently in Italy where he is helping India’s Tokyo-bound boxer Vikas Krishan in his preparations. The duo share a close bond and it was after his suggestion that Krishan dropped his weight category to 69kg from his usual 75kg.

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