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Chandu Champion: Actor Kartik Aaryan Says He Was in Shock When He Heard the Film’s Narration! Here’s What We Know

Gwalior, Actor Kartik Aaryan says the story of “Chandu Champion” had so many twists and turns that when director Kabir Khan first narrated the film to him, he wondered if it were a true story or a fictional one.

Based on the life of India’s first Paralympic gold medallist Murlikant Petkar, the upcoming sports biopic will see Aaryan as “the man who refused to surrender.” The actor arrived in his hometown Gwalior on Saturday evening, along with Khan and producer Sajid Nadiadwala, to launch the trailer of “Chandu Champion.”

“The first time I heard the story, the first question I asked was, ‘Is it real? Did it really happen?’ or ‘Is this fictional?’ There are so many twists and turns and historical moments in his story that it was next to impossible to believe,” Aaryan told reporters here.

“I was in shock when I heard the narration for the first time. But to my surprise, everything was based on life instances. I was just amazed and was even skeptical for a month or so because I wanted to do it. But I wondered if I would be able to pull it off,” he added.

The trailer of “Chandu Champion” showcases the titular character’s journey across ages and phases, including being an Indian Army soldier, a wrestler, a boxer, a 1965 war veteran, and a swimmer. The 3.15-minute video ends with an elderly Chandu declaring that he wants to file a case of cheating against the President of India.

Aaryan, 33, said “Chandu Champion” is his “proudest” film to date, which required him to undergo strenuous physical training.

“I was going to the gym daily, not having food, not doing any other film but just focusing on one picture for one and a half years. I became a robot, I became a machine, and I was just following orders from them and here we are,” he recalled.

Khan, whose last directorial venture was the sports drama “83”, praised the leading man for building his body naturally for the film.

“At times, I would wonder if this would be achieved or not because it was an impossible task. Kartik made his body naturally without any substances. For one and a half years, he didn’t consume sugar. Whatever he liked to eat, it wasn’t allowed,” he said.

The filmmaker said he kept a check on the actor’s diet even while he was shooting for the 2023 romance drama “Satyaprem Ki Katha.”

“He has been a great student, we are proud of him,” he added.

Khan said Aaryan was his first choice for “Chandu Champion,” which he described as a “motivational” story.

“I often say it’s not you who choose the story, but it’s the story that chooses you. This is the story that called out to me. I said, ‘It’s such an inspirational story that has been hidden.’

“Up till now, no one knew about such a person and what sort of a journey he has had. This story is a must-watch. I felt it is such a motivational, human story, and I have to tell it. And I saw nobody but Kartik in it,” said the director of films such as “Ek Tha Tiger,” “Bajrangi Bhaijaan,” and “Kabul Express.”

Aaryan said “life has come full circle” for him as he launched the film’s trailer in his hometown.

“The response that we are seeing is the effort of all the technicians, great directors like Kabir, and great actors who want to prove something every day. I am grateful and hope this film becomes a success,” added producer Nadiadwala.

A Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment & Kabir Khan Films Production, “Chandu Champion” is set to hit the big screen on June 14.

The Journey of ‘Chandu Champion’

The story of “Chandu Champion” is one of resilience, determination, and the indomitable human spirit. Murlikant Petkar, the protagonist of the film, was India’s first Paralympic gold medallist. His journey from a small town to the pinnacle of sports success is a testament to his unwavering resolve. The film aims to highlight the numerous challenges Petkar faced and how he overcame them to achieve glory.

Petkar’s life was marked by significant achievements and obstacles. Initially an Indian Army soldier, he was severely injured during the 1965 Indo-Pak war, which left him paralyzed. However, Petkar’s story did not end there. He refused to be confined by his circumstances and turned to sports as a means of reclaiming his life. He excelled in swimming, boxing, and wrestling, ultimately winning a gold medal in swimming at the 1972 Summer Paralympics in Heidelberg, Germany.

Kartik Aaryan’s Transformation

For Kartik Aaryan, embodying Murlikant Petkar required not just emotional investment but a complete physical transformation. The actor underwent rigorous training to authentically portray Petkar’s various athletic endeavors. His dedication to the role involved strict dietary restrictions and a grueling workout regimen. Aaryan’s commitment to the character underscores his dedication to bringing Petkar’s story to life with authenticity and respect.

Kabir Khan’s Vision

Director Kabir Khan’s passion for the project is evident. Known for his ability to tell compelling human stories against a backdrop of significant historical events, Khan brings his unique vision to “Chandu Champion.” His previous works, such as “Ek Tha Tiger” and “Bajrangi Bhaijaan,” have demonstrated his knack for blending personal narratives with broader societal themes. With “Chandu Champion,” Khan aims to shed light on an inspirational story that has largely remained untold.

Sajid Nadiadwala’s Support

Producer Sajid Nadiadwala, a stalwart of the Indian film industry, has been instrumental in bringing this project to fruition. His belief in the story and his support for the cast and crew have been pivotal in realizing the film’s vision. Nadiadwala’s involvement ensures that “Chandu Champion” will reach a wide audience, bringing Murlikant Petkar’s incredible journey to the forefront.

Anticipation and Impact

As “Chandu Champion” gears up for its release, the anticipation surrounding the film is palpable. The trailer has already garnered significant attention, and audiences are eagerly awaiting its release. The film promises not only to entertain but also to inspire, showcasing the power of perseverance and the triumph of the human spirit. Kartik Aaryan’s portrayal of Murlikant Petkar is expected to resonate with viewers, highlighting the importance of resilience in the face of adversity.

In conclusion, “Chandu Champion” is more than just a biopic; it is a celebration of an extraordinary life. Through Kartik Aaryan’s dedicated performance, Kabir Khan’s visionary direction, and Sajid Nadiadwala’s unwavering support, the film aims to honor Murlikant Petkar’s legacy and inspire audiences across the globe. As the release date approaches, the excitement continues to build, promising a cinematic experience that is both motivational and deeply moving.

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