Wrestling seems to be a sport that has not only interested Bollywood, but the television industry as well. After several films on this desi akhada-style sport have reaped gold at the box office, a finite TV show is in the making, which will be based on the life of the legendary wrestler Gama Pehlwan. Known as the Great Gama.
Gama Pehlwan was awarded the Indian version of the World Heavyweight Championship on October 15, 1910.
Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has earlier expressed his desire to make a film on him. However, with fellow actor John Abraham sharing similar aspirations, neither’s plans could materialise – until now.[ecp code=”4″]
Salman’s production house has ditched the idea of a big screen adaptation and is taking Gama’s story to the tube instead. “This will mark Salman Khan’s first television project as producer. The pilot episode has been shot and sent to the channel concerned,” says an insider.
While there is buzz that his role will be essayed by actor Sohail Khan, we have now been informed that Mohammad Nazim aka Ahem from ‘Saath Nibhaana Saathiya’, has been roped in to play Gama’s brother, Imam Baksh.
“Since Nazim, too, is from Punjab, just like Imam, the makers thought that he fit the part perfectly,” says a source to TOI.
Undefeated in a career spanning over five decades, Gama was considered one of the greatest wrestlers of all time. Post Independence in 1947, Gama moved to Pakistan. He died in 1960, at the age of 82.
Nazim was unavailable for comment.