Saala Khadoos Movie Info:
Adi Tomar had a dream to win the boxing gold for India. Instead, he languished in a nightmare for a decade after his gloves were spiked during a match by his own coach, blinding him in the arena and handing the match to his undeserving opponent. Shattered by his loss, Adi turned to a life of cynical self-destruction. Loyal friends somehow bring him back to boxing as the coach of the low-rated Indian women’s boxing team. Adi continues to dream – this time for a fiery young woman. Adi spots in her a champion. So begins a partnership between a man who loves his sport and a girl who loves her freedom. It is the beginning of a beautiful friendship and a journey towards an impossible dream.
Initial release: January 29, 2016 (USA)
Director: Sudha Kongara Prasad
Running time: 2h 30m
During the production of her first directorial venture Drohi in 2010, Sudha Kongara began writing a sports drama film on boxing after reading an editorial in The Hindu about North Chennai and its boxing culture.Sudha consequently began gathering further information about female boxers and networked with Indian Olympic athletes including Mary Kom, in order to help write her script. In September 2011, she approached Madhavan, who was on a sabbatical from Tamil films, to portray the lead role in the film and his presence in the project helped take the financial viability of the venture to a higher level.The pair had previously collaborated in Madhavan’s films under the direction of Mani Ratnam, where Sudha had been an assistant director. Portraying a retired boxer, Madhavan grew a thick beard and sported long hair for his role in the film, while embarking on an intense body conditioning regime in Los Angeles during 2013.Reports erroneously suggested that Madhavan was playing a role in another sports drama film, a biopic of the Indian boxer Mary Kom, and he clarified that he was acting on a separate film on boxing.Ashvini Yardi was initially announced as the film’s producer and began casting real life boxers including fighters from the Super Fight League for the film. However then Y NOT Studios and Thirukumaran Entertainment agreed to jointly produce the film in May 2014, and Santhosh Narayanan was subsequently signed on to compose the film’s music. The team also brought in director Rajkumar Hirani, as a result of his close association with Madhavan, to act as creative producer for the film and he helped doctor the script to give it a pan-Indian appeal.