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Shahid Kapoor has shared his condolences at the boxer Dingko Singh's death. Dingko died on Thursday due to liver cancer at the age of 42.
Shahid Kapoor wrote on his Twitter handle, "Padma Shri Dingko Singh was one among the best boxers, an award-winning sportsperson who's brought glory to our nation several times. He will always remain a source of inspiration for the young generations. My sincere condolences to his dear ones. May his soul rest in peace."
He had said a leading daily in 2019 that he had the right to produce a movie on Dingko Singh. Notwithstanding, the project never formed. "I have the rights for Dingko Singh. It is a film I want to form, and I'll make it. But I do not know what I'm doing next".
Director Raja Krishna Menon, who was set to direct the biopic, was also disheartened by the very fact that a movie couldn't be made on his life while he was still alive. "It is terrible and unfortunate. This has come as a shock. I knew he was ill and suffering, but I didn't realize it was this bad. He was a wonderful person and a spiritual person. But, unfortunately, we couldn't make the film before he could have seen it," Menon told PTI.
"The film got stuck... we'll see what happens," Menon said, adding, Singh was aware that the project was on hold. "He wanted the film to be made because he wanted the story to be told to inspire people. He was a real person. He never called me or asked why it had been stuck.
"This film must be made. It's a story that has got to be told. It's an incredible story, and a tribute is due to him. I do believe this film must be made," he added.
Singh won the Asian Games gold in 1998 and was bestowed the Arjuna award the same year. In 2013, he was honored with the Padma Shri for his contribution to the game.
The Manipur-based former boxer, employed with the Navy, had taken to coaching after hanging up his gloves.
Shahid's has some next projects include a series by Raj and DK, and the Hindi remake of Telugu hit Jersey.