New Delhi, Aug 14: Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar, who is gearing up for the release of his next film ‘Gold’, met the ‘living hockey legend’, Balbir Singh on Monday.
Kumar took to his social media to praise Balbir Singh, stating that he was a part of the winning team that brought home the first prestigious Gold for India back in 1948.
Met the living hockey legend Mr. @BalbirSenior who was part of the winning team that brought home the first prestigious Gold for India back in 1948 along with @sudhirchaudhary. Such an inspiration of a man with even more inspiring stories. pic.twitter.com/3O8rSFt97I
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) August 13, 2018
Akshay will be seen playing the role of the hockey coach who trains team India to win its first gold medal as a free nation at 1948 Olympics. Balbir Singh was also a part of the team that helped the country achieve this feat.
Singh is a three-time Olympic gold champion. He played a key role in India’s Olympic victories in London (1948), as a Vice-Captain in Helsinki (1952) and as the Captain in Melbourne (1956). As a matter of fact, he still holds the record for the most number of goals scored by an individual. No hockey player has yet been able to beat that record.
A historical sports drama inspired by India’s first Olympic gold medal, “Gold” traces the “golden era” of Indian hockey through the journey of Tapan Das, a young assistant manager in 1936, who dreamt of playing for an independent nation.
The film also features Amit Sadh, Kunal Kapoor, Sunny Kaushal, Vineet Kumar Singh and Mouni Roy.
Directed by Reema Kagti, Gold will release this Independence Day, marking the occasion of the 70th anniversary of free India’s first gold medal at the 1948 Olympics.