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“Kartik has given his 110 percent to Chandu Champion” – Kabir Khan

India’s third-largest and fastest-growing national multiplex chain, Miraj Cinemas, saw its TGIP Mall Noida property buzzing with excitement today. Acclaimed director Kabir Khan and celebrated actor Kartik Aaryan visited the venue to promote their highly anticipated upcoming film, Chandu Champion. Produced by Sajid Nadiadwala and Kabir Khan, this much-awaited movie is set to release on June 14, 2024. During the visit, Kartik and Kabir interacted with the media at a press conference, enthusiastically answering questions. The media and crew present enjoyed watching the film’s trailer together, heightening the anticipation for the release.

Chandu Champion, which stars Kartik in the titular role, is a sports biopic based on the life of Murlikant Petkar, India’s first Paralympic gold medallist. The film’s trailer has already created a buzz, showcasing Kartik’s transformative performance as Petkar. Kartik’s dedication to the role is evident, capturing the essence of Petkar’s life. The movie also features an impressive ensemble cast, including Vijay Raaz, Bhuvan Arora, Yashpal Sharma, Aniruddh Dave, Bhagyashri Borse, and many other talented actors.

During today’s press conference at Miraj Cinemas TGIP Mall Noida, Kabir expressed his enthusiasm for bringing Petkar’s story to the big screen, saying, “This film is a tribute to Murlikant Petkar’s indomitable spirit and extraordinary journey. We hope it inspires audiences as much as his life has inspired us.”

Sharing his thoughts on the role, Kartik said, “Portraying Murlikant Petkar has been one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my career. His story is a testament to resilience and determination, and I am honoured to bring it to life.”

With its powerful narrative and stellar performances, Chandu Champion is poised to be one of the year’s standout films, shedding light on an unsung hero’s incredible story.

Who is Murlikant Petkar?
Murlikant Petkar was born on November 1, 1944, in Peth Islampur, Sangli, Maharashtra. A sports enthusiast since childhood, he excelled in hockey and wrestling. He joined the Indian Army’s Boys Battalion to avoid trouble after defeating the village head’s son in wrestling. Petkar continued to shine in sports, representing the Indian Army at the International Services Sports Meet in Tokyo in 1964 and winning the national boxing title in 1965.

During the 1965 Indo-Pak war, Petkar was severely injured, hit by nine bullets, one of which remained lodged in his spine. This injury paralyzed him from the knees down, leaving him in a coma for nearly a year and bedridden for two years. Despite these challenges, he took up swimming on his doctors’ advice to aid his recovery, which soon became his passion.

Petkar competed in the 1968 Paralympics in table tennis and swimming. In the 1972 Summer Paralympics in Heidelberg, Germany, he made history by becoming the first Indian to win a gold medal at the Olympics level, setting a world record in the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 37.33 seconds. His remarkable career includes 12 international gold medals, 34 national golds, and 40 state-level golds. Petkar’s journey from being an Indian Army soldier and a 1965 war veteran to becoming a Paralympic champion is both inspiring and compelling, showcasing his indomitable spirit and resilience.

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