Former boxing champion Kaur Singh, whose story will soon be featured on the big screen in his official biopic, is currently in hospital. Actor Karam Batth, who plays Kaur in the Punjabi movie Padma Shri Kaur Singh, said the veteran had recently been hospitalized after his health deteriorated. The former Asian champion is still the only Indian boxer to have fought Muhammad Ali, which he did in an exhibition match in 1980. Also read: Saunkan Saukne box office: Ammy Virk starrer shatters all time records for Punjabi movies

Speaking about Kaur Singh’s health, Karam said in a statement: “His arms and legs stopped working properly and so he was immediately taken to hospital.” Kaur Singh remains under observation, although he is not in immediate danger, but doctors are keeping an eye on him. Karam added that the film team is praying for his recovery as they want him to watch the film with them. “For now, everyone is praying for his speedy recovery as we really want him to see the film in theaters. He has never seen a movie in his life and we all want his biopic to be the first movie he watches,” Karam added.

Kaur Singh represented India at the 1984 Olympics and won gold medals at the 1980 Asian Championships and the 1982 Asian Games. Kaur served in the Indian Army and was awarded a Vishisht Sewa Medal for his service in 1988. He was honored with Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian honor in 1983.

Padma Shri Kaur Singh, a film about the life of Kaur Singh, was announced in 2019 and is set to release in 2020. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it was postponed by two years. The film, which also stars Prabh Grewal, will now be released on July 22. Produced by Karam Batth and Vicky Mann, the direction of Vikram Pradhan also features Raj Kakra, Malkeet Rauni, Sukhi Chahal, Baninder Bunny, Gurpreet Bhangu, Seema Kaushal and Sukhbir Kieuw.


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