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Toofan: Paresh Rawal joins Farhan Akhtar’s sports drama as coach

Paresh Rawal will be seen as Farhan Akhtar's boxing coach in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's Toofan.


It has been months that Farhan Akhtar can be seen gearing up for his role in ‘Toofan’. The sports drama which is being directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra has Farhan playing the role of a boxer. After the 2013 National Award-winning film, ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’, Farhan Akhtar and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra will be bringing back the magic and reuniting for this fictional sports-drama.

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In s recent development, the filmmaker has gotten Paresh Rawal on-board. He will play the boxing coach to Farhan’s character, who comes from a lower-middle-class family. The formalities were locked in April and Paresh Rawal has been training along with Farhan in Mumbai for over a month now.

Promising the best duo on-screen with Farhan Akhtar and Paresh Rawal, filmmaker Mehra said, “Every director has a bucket list of actors and Paresh bhai was on the top of mine. I am absolutely thrilled to have him entering the Toofan family. Both Paresh and Farhan are great actors and both their characters are author-backed and well sketched out. There is a huge offering in store for the audience.”

Like with ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’, Farhan is in the process of undergoing a body metamorphosis and as part of his prep, he’s been training extensively with former world kickboxing champion, Drew Neal. To keep the sports drama as authentic as possible Farhan will be seen fighting real boxers in the film.

Produced by Ritesh Sidhwani, Farhan and Rakeysh, the fictional story is scripted by Anjum Rajabali. Toofan is slated to go on floors by August-end and is gearing up for a 2020 release.

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