Book to tell Dangal hero Mahavir Singh Phogats story

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 23 (PTI) A book on the journey of Mahavir Singh Phogat will hit bookstands next month, days before the release of “Dangal” in which Aamir Khan portrays the amateur wrestler and master coach on screen.”Akhada: The Authorized Biography of Mahavir Singh Phogat” tells the story of a man of tremendous fortitude, of a father who fought against all odds to give his daughters ? Olympians Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari — a future they could not have dreamed for themselves, says publisher Hachette India.Phogats authorised biography by Saurabh Duggal will be release the week before “Dangal” hits movie screens.In 2000, after the Olympic Games in Sydney, Phogat was left dejected and heartbroken to find the prize reserved by the Haryana government for winners of Olympic medals in wrestling unclaimed.He then decided to do the unthinkable. Much to his neighbours curiosity, he spent two days digging a pit in his courtyard and asked his young daughters and nieces to join him there at the break of dawn one day.Little did they know that this unusual command from their father would change their lives.Commenting on his biography, Phogat says, “It is often a struggle to get wrestling the attention and recognition it deserves in India, particularly womens wrestling. If my daughters and my story, narrated through this book and adapted by Aamir Khan in Dangal, can help wrestlers get their due, I will be extremely happy.”I hope this inspires many others – both men and women – to get into this sport and make a name for themselves, as well as motivates parents to believe in their daughters.”advertisementPoulomi Chatterjee, Editor-in-Chief of Hachette India, is excited about publishing this “spectacularly inspiring book that shows us what can be achieved when we refuse to be defined by narrow societal expectations and aim for the stars”.According to her, “This years Olympics has kindled a conversation on our exemplary female athletes and Akhada lifts the veil on the story of our best women wrestlers. We hope Mahavirs dedication to the sport he loves and his steadfast conviction in his daughters abilities will inspire new stories of achievement in India.” PTI ZMN BKlast_img read more